Conscious Living: How To Detox in the New Year

Detoxing may be on the top of your list for self-improvement to kick off 2017, but that doesn’t mean it has to be all about deprivation. While the term ‘detox’ for many conjures the idea of days of only green juice and chicken broth, there is a more sensible and sustainable way to detox and counteract the holiday cookie and eggnog binge season.

Tea Time: Though most reach for coffee in the morning, tea is a much better habit to begin.  Herbal tea is full of antioxidants that hydrate and fill you up to keep you from overeating later in the day. The caffeine in tea is also much different than in coffee as it’s gentler on your system. That’s one simple switch a day to put you on your way to a healthier 2017.

Eat Organic: Take more time at the grocery store during your next visit and ensure you’re selecting the freshest, pesticide-free products in each aisle. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of any diet, but you should eat only whole plant foods as processed fruits or veggies lack the essential nutrients your body needs. Make sure you understand what the labels really mean too.

Sweat It Out: There’s no better detox than sweating. After your workout class, sweat it out in the sauna for at least 15 or 20 minutes. But be careful not to overheat - know your limits and be sure to stay only for a short amount of time.

Goodbye Sugar: After one too many holiday cookies hopefully this is an easier goodbye.  Decreasing the amount of sugar you consume will help you be less fatigued and thus more likely to pack on excess weight. Beware of sneaky sugar sources as well, such as flavored waters, white wine and condiments.