Despite our best intentions to stick to a healthy routine during the holidays, most of us end up eating and drinking too much, and not exercising or sleeping enough. While we’ve enjoyed the cocktail parties, shopping, and visiting with family and friends, our indulgences inevitably leave us feeling sluggish, heavy, and a little depressed.
As you embark on a new year and a new decade, consider embracing a resolution that will bring about real and lasting change. A resolution that doesn’t punish or deny you, but empowers and enlivens you.
Detoxification, or the process of ridding the body of toxins and cleansing the organs, is a great way to improve how you look, feel and function. An effective detox can help you lose weight, increase your energy and heal your ailments. And while we’ve all heard of, and may have even tried, some of the more extreme detox programs such as the “lemonade diet,” there is a more reasonable, yet very effective way, to detox that will benefit your body, help sharpen your mind and nourish your soul.
Supplements: Unless you have a personal assistant who can run your life while you’re detoxing, forget the celebrity-endorsed extreme detox plans, and consider taking a natural supplement such as Clear Detox that contains a blend of homeopathic ingredients and herbs to detoxify and nourish the liver, kidneys, and blood, and strengthen the immune system.
Food: Instead of depriving yourself of your favorite foods for prolonged periods of time, focus on increasing the variety and amount of nourishing foods you eat such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. There are easy ways to incorporate nutritious and fiber-filled foods into your meals, such as adding real maple syrup, ground flaxseed, and blueberries into your morning oatmeal.
Drink: Instead of cutting out your favorite coffee drink, soda, or cocktail altogether, consider cutting back on those drinks and increasing your intake of water each day to eight or more glasses with a wedge of lemon. Also, there are a number of organic herbal teas such as one from Yogi Tea made specifically to aid in detoxification.
Exercise: While training for a marathon will whip you into shape, unless you are already in the habit of exercising like this, it’s hard to stick to such an extreme plan. Instead, incorporate physical activity into your life that makes you happy. Plan regular time for tap dancing lessons, hiking your favorite trail, doing yoga or joining a local dodge ball league.
Environment: When purchasing personal care and cleaning products, choose brands with only natural and/or organic ingredients to limit your exposure to environmental toxins.
Etcetera: Meditate; Get a massage; Use a loofah to dry brush your body before bathing; Take a hot bath with Epsom salt or Tisserand Aromatherapy’s Detox Bath Oil; Set aside personal time for rest and relaxation.
How are you planning to make sure your 2010 resolutions are actionable? Are you planning to do any of the items we mentioned? Do you have an action plan for 2010? We would love to hear your thoughts, please take a moment and share with us in the comments section below.