How to renew before the new year

How a holiday cleanse restores your spirit

The holiday season is filled with sweet and savory indulgences and a full calendar that leaves us tired and ready to renew ourselves in the New Year. Come January 1, we jump on the health-kick bandwagon and ride our way to harder workouts and toned bodies. Swinging on a pendulum that goes from one extreme to another can cause more stress and detract from the main goal of optimal health.

It may seem preposterous, but the best way to enjoy the holiday goodness is to cleanse during or in the middle of it. This will reset your body and help you create habits that will last through the year (not just the first couple months). 

“Clearing toxins from your system can dramatically reduce sugar cravings,” says Clinical Nutriotionist Emily Potter, “If you can start your holidays without these cravings, it will be easier to enjoy those sweet treats in moderation.”

The type of cleanse we love and are talking about here, isn’t the sort that leaves you starving and without sustenance. Rather, we opt for cleanses that are gentle on the body and soul.


When it comes to cleansing, Potter suggests doing it in moderation, or as she says “dipping without diving”. She offers us these 8 easy ways to cleanse:    

  1. Commit to a week where your focus is healthy eating.
  2. Eliminate or reduce energy depleting foods like caffeine, gluten, dairy and sugar and alcohol.
  3. Don't forget about the power of hydration. Cleaning up the diet helps tremendously, but you need extra water to flush out the toxins.
  4. Hit a hot yoga class. The skin is the largest eliminative organ, and sweating works wonders when it comes to detox.
  5. Breathe! Here is another reason to get exercise into your daily life. Deep breathing not only oxygenates the blood, it also alkalizes the body to supports the body's natural mechanisms to detox.
  6. Grab a green juice. By incorporating greens into your daily diet it will promote blood purification, circulation, a strong immune system, and will help support the liver during a detox. (For extra credit, take a wheat grass shot. Two ounces of wheat grass provides the same cleansing benefits of consuming 5 pounds of veggies.)
  7. Cleanse with friends. Having someone to keep you accountable will help significantly.
  8. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Get in the kitchen, prepare some nourishing healthy food, and follow the rules. If you need extra support on a pre-holiday reset, check out this great 7-day cleanse that guides you through resetting with ease.


Stick to real food and eat only when you are hungry this way you will have a jump start on your New Year to mind/body health.



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