January Detox Dos & Don’ts
Do Consider Dry January
You ate, drank and were merry-but now it’s time to opt-out to a decaffeinated coffee and green juice. Studies have shown that Dry January brings long-term benefits-including can help to reduce liver fat. Do pay attention that a few week’s abstinence doesn’t heal your liver immediately. After that, you still have to be mindful of drinking.
Indulge Superfoods To Your Diet
For Beyonce, it’s a diet of tree syrup, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice. For others, it’s quinoa, dandelion root tea, blueberries, and algae. Superfoods are nutrient-dense and can help to flush out damaging chemicals in the body. Plus there are plenty of ways to indulge Superfoods to your diet, try adding them to your smoothie, baked goods, tea or coffee!
Pumping weights should be part of everyone’s exercise regime, as healthier muscle tissue can help reduce problems like insulin resistance that leads to diabetes and heart disease. Try mixing aerobic and resistance training to your everyday gym routine. Exercise regularly can help to maintain overall wellness.
Weekend Detox Why Not?
If a whole month of detox is a bit too much for you, try a weekend detox first. A baby step is already half the battle.
Say No to: Sweet fruits, juices or vegetables; bread, cookies, pastries, sweets, dairy, cheese, fried food, canned food, nuts, alcohol, oils, salt, sugar, legumes or grains
Say Yes to: Herbal teas, ginger, cardamom, fennel, cinnamon, aloe
Water: At least 6–8 glasses a day
Fruits or Fruit Juices: lemon, lime, grapefruit, pomegranate
Steamed Vegetables: Broccoli, beets, carrots, fennel, kale, spinach, cauliflower
Vegetable Juices: Celery, parsley
How About A Technology Detox?
Taking a break from technology opens up space to genuinely be with ourselves, authentically connect with others, and spend time out in the world. It’s understandable that we have the ambition to cut-off social media in one shot. Yes, it’s still daunting. It is suggested to start with incremental steps, the key is not to be overwhelmed. Start by limiting the time you spend on social media. Instead of constantly checking on social media, set yourself a specific time period for scrolling through.
Don’t Be Harsh
To some extent, our New Year’s Resolutions are a triumph of hope over experience: as few as 8% of people meet the goals they set on the first of January. Perhaps that’s because we are too ambitious and then judge ourselves too harshly when we fail to meet those impossibly high standards. In fact, Psychologists are finding that feelings of guilt can have an ironic impact on our behavior, leading to further temptation and scuppering our broader goals, while enjoying the occasional indulgence can help recharge your self-control. So amid all your virtuous intentions, make sure you leave room for a little bit of vice, too.