Detox after the holidays?
Be careful, this does not mean the person has to fast or follow a drastic diet to lose weight, as is commonly believed. The goal is to get back into shape, enhance vitality and recover a healthy-looking complexion thanks to a lighter diet and a little exercise.
What is detox exactly?
The term detox is short for detoxification. "Detox" implies a body purification process, with a view to eliminating accumulated toxins.
What are the key principles to a detox routine?
After a period full of festive or heavy meals, detox consists in:
- giving your body a rest by eliminating "toxic" foods for a few days only:
. fast-releasing carbohydrates with high glycemic indexes, such as: flour and white bread, potatoes, sugar, sodas, alcohol, pastries, etc.
. bad fats: fatty meats, cheese, cold cuts, sauces, etc.
. excess protein,
- encouraging your body's elimination processes,
- engaging in moderate physical activity, such as fast-paced walking whilst taking deep breaths.
What can you eat during a mini detox period?
- a mug of warm water and unsweetened lemon juice every morning, vegetable broths, bicarbonated waters (e.g. St Yorre), peppermint, rosemary or star anise teas to help with digestion - as many as you like throughout the day,
- fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals: these food groups help stock up on vitamins, antioxidants and fibers,
- steam-cooked lean fish instead of red meat.