How I Detox After Vacations and Holidays

I hate the word “diet.” It just has such a negative connotation to it, in my opinion. I prefer the word “healthy.” Doesn’t that sound better?! I try to live a healthy lifestyle at least 70% of the time, but let’s be real, it’s not always easy when you’re on vacation or celebrating holidays. The end of September was rough on my body. We were in Nashville for our mini vacay, then we got back and it was my birthday week, and after that I just went rogue. I completely fell off my healthy lifestyle wagon and was indulging at every meal! From eating dessert every night to drinking multiple soft drinks a day, I was living off carbs and sugar the past couple of weeks. Hey, it happens sometimes! But that all ends now! 

Anytime you get out of your normal routine, your body’s going to take a hit. Whether it’s a vacation or a holiday, I always find myself feeling tired, bloated, and anxious to get back to normal. And the best way for me to get back to feeling normal is to “detox.” Now don’t let the word “detox” make you think I’m doing a juice cleanse for a week or something crazy like that. It’s all about getting back to my healthy ways, but I’m more conscious and strict for the first three days. This really works for me, and by the second day I already feel better and more “myself.”

KEY POINTS OF THE DETOX

HYDRATE
I can’t stress this enough – DRINK LOTS OF WATER! This is something I struggle with on a regular day, but it’s extra important to do it while detoxing. To make sure I start my day on the right foot, the first thing I do when I wake up is walk to the kitchen and drink a large glass of lemon water. This is so good for you with so many health benefits! Lemon is key for helping get your digestive system moving and start flushing all the bad stuff out. Plus, the tartness of the lemons I feel helps me wake up! Then I keep a decent sized water bottle with me throughout the day to make sure I am intaking water.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP
I never seem to get a good night’s sleep on vacation, and I don’t get enough hours of sleep when celebrating holidays. And it definitely affects me! When I’m home, I always aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep. I’m usually in bed with my eye mask on and lights out by 10:00 p.m., 10:30 at the latest! It’s so important for your brain and body to get enough sleep each and every night to properly rest and recover! And this is even more important the older you get because your body takes longer to recover. 

EAT VEGETABLES AT EVERY MEAL
Let’s be real, while you’re on vacation and celebrating holidays you are not eating the best. Let me rephrase – you’re probably eating the best yummy food, but it’s not the best healthy food. Ya feel me?! You’re probably consuming tons of fried food, carbs, desserts, and alcohol. So when you’re detoxing you’ve got to do the opposite. You’ve got to get in tons of vegetables! I eat vegetables at every meal, whether cooked or raw. With raw vegetables you’ll get more vitamins and nutrients compared to when you cook vegetables as they lose a lot of the good stuff for you. But, sometimes it’s hard to eat raw vegetables at a meal (unless it’s a salad) so I try to snack on raw veggies throughout the day instead, and leave the meals to eating cooked veggies.

SWEAT IT OUT
To get me back into my healthy living, the first priority for me is to start the week off with a really good workout! And I don’t just mean a simple workout or just lifting weights. I need to sweat, A LOT! Serious sweating helps me feel like I am sweating out all of the bad toxins I’ve been putting in my body. After one good sweat sesh, I immediately start to feel better! You’ve got to just get up and get moving. Remember, no matter what kind of moving you do, it’s better than nothing! I always remind myself that when I feel like my workout wasn’t that great. I at least think, “It was better than just sitting on the sofa and not going at all.”

A SAMPLE DETOX DAY

My detox days vary depending on what I have going on, but since I work a 9-5 job I can be pretty consistent, which is easier. This is a good example of how I “detox” for a few days.

  • 6:00 am – Wake up and drink a large glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 7:00 am – Throw spinach and a bunch of fruit in the NutriBullet to make a green smoothie. Put in freezer. (Check out my go-to recipe here
  • 9:00 am – Drink my green smoothie
  • 10:30 am – Snack on a handful of almonds & drink a glass of water while walking around for 5-10 minutes
  • 12:30 pm – Eat a healthy salad for lunch (with tons of greens, protein, veggies, a little healthy fat like avocado, all with a light dressing) & drink a glass of water
  • 4:00 pm – Enjoy an apple and a handful of pretzel crisps or eat a yogurt for an afternoon snack & drink a glass of water
  • 5:30 pm – Do cardio (run, long walk, bike ride, etc.) to sweat out the toxins
  • 7:00 pm – Make a healthy dinner (grilled fish or chicken and veggies are my go to) and drink a glass of water
  • 8:30 pm – Enjoy a little dessert for your sweets craving (sugar free Jell-O or pudding, or a few bites of Halo ice cream)
  • 9:00 pm – Drink a glass of room temperature/warm lemon water while watching TV in bed
  • 10:00 pm – Eye mask on and lights out to fall asleep

SUPER IMPORTANT – I’m not a nutritionist, dietitian, doctor etc. This is just a routine that works for ME! Feel free to try it out and follow it to a tee or adapt and make it your own with changes here and there. Make it work for you! If this whole routine isn’t for you, adding just one of these tips or steps into your routine is better than just continuing down the unhealthy path. 

If you have any tips for getting back into your day-to-day routine after going rogue on your health and fitness lifestyle, let me know! I’d love to hear to learn about new techniques and tactics! Comment below! 

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