5 Detox Habits to Start 2018
Happy New Year and Happy 2018! I’m sure everyone started on Monday, January 1 with a clear head, a good night’s rest, and energy and determination for a whole new year. Right?
I don’t know about you, but I certainly had a little recovering to do yesterday. I wanted to start off the year on the right foot though, so I kicked off my day with a 20 minute workout, a bunch of water, cleaning my apartment, and a detox shot (lemon juice and apple cider vinegar). That was enough to kick start my day. I don’t always have the luxury of starting my day like that, but I already felt inspired and motivated and my husband was sweet enough to play with our little guy while I worked.
Here are some other ideas to banish all those New Year’s hangovers, whether they are physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual:
+ tidy up your diet
I’m kind of meh about the term “clean eating.” I think it’s pretty vague and can also trigger unhealthy eating in some people. That being said, it’s always a good idea to try to minimize all the junk in our diets, particularly at this time of year. Take a good look at your diet and think of areas where you can ADD delicious, nutritious foods instead of thinking of what you should avoid. I find sometimes that if I’m eating all kinds of healthy foods, it can crowd out all the junk without it feeling like I’m deprived. Some great things to embrace: citrus fruits and juices, green veggies, lean proteins, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed grains. Was it Michael Pollan who said “eat food, not too much, mostly plants?” I can get behind that! Asparagus and beets are great detoxing foods as well as anything with a lot of fiber like Brussels sprouts and beans. You want to fuel up your body with healthy foods so it can start detoxing itself. Apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and kombucha are also great ways to power up an internal detox!
+ clean your space
Yesterday, I did a mad cleaning dash until almost 11pm. I have been working with either a cold or crazy allergies for the past few days and was convinced CONVINCED it was hidden allergens all over my house. You don’t have to go completely overboard, but deep cleaning a few key things will help detox your lungs and make your breathing easier. I focused a lot of attention on cleaning vents, washing all the textiles in my house (sheets, mattress pad, dog bed, couch throw, bath mats), doing some dusting, and vacuuming. If you’re particularly sensitive to allergens, it’s a good idea to clean out your vacuum from time to time: clean the brush head, rinse out the filter, change the vacuum bag, or doing whatever keeps your vacuum running smoothly. If you have a humidifier, it is SO important to clean it according to the instructions. I used a bleach/water solution recently to get rid of a ton of buildup. Rinsing it daily should be a little higher on my to do list… Already, I’m breathing easier and happy I spent the time deep cleaning yesterday.
+ get some sunshine
Did you know that sunshine during midday hours is processed through your retina and hits your pineal gland in the very center of your brain to produce melatonin, our natural sleeping pill? The science is pretty interesting and worth a look at some journal articles if you’re interested in that kind of thing. Getting out in the sunshine, even when it’s in the teens and twenties in January, is so important. It will help you sleep better and clear your head. Northern Europeans have a saying, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” I couldn’t agree more. If the temperature is keeping you from heading out, start looking out for warm layering clothing, warmer jackets, and high quality hats and gloves. After Christmas is a great time to pick those up on sale. Then you won’t have an excuse to miss out on the benefits of sunshine to your sleep, mood, and general health.
I’m really behind on this and it’s probably my weakest habit, but I’m trying to make this a lot more important in the future. I try to drink half my body weight in ounces of water, which for me means drinking water ALL THE TIME. But that’s ok. Our bodies need water to function well, detox naturally, and stay lean and healthy. I like making fruit infused waters to drink throughout the week. Add berries, citrus fruits, or anything delicious like melon or cucumber to a pitcher of water in your fridge to tap into whenever you need a drink. That at least makes drinking a bunch of water more interesting. I track my water consumption on my Fitbit app which has been a fun reminder to keep up the good work and helps track my progress.
+ banish negative thoughts
If you really want to do a deep clean, I challenge you to identify a handful of negative thoughts you find yourself sinking back into over and over and steer your way back by replacing those thoughts with helpful things. For example: I spend a lot of time thinking about things that have happened in the past. Past conversations, past opinions, past experiences. That doesn’t help anyone! Sure it’s nice to reminisce from time to time but happiness lives in the present, right? Any time I start thinking about the past, I try to consciously focus on something good in my present. Replacing those thoughts of the past with mindfulness is such a good way to start detoxing your heart and mind. I made a list of five of these types of thoughts and am going to actively correct them throughout January so I can hopefully start a good habit there.
I hope these ideas helped you get inspired to start this first week of 2018 on the right foot. I hope this year finds you happy, healthy, inspired, and ready to tackle anything. Let me know what you like to do to detox after a fun Christmas break!
If this picture of delicious food by the pool doesn’t inspire you to kick off this year in a healthy way, I don’t know what will! ; D