5 Steps to Detox from Your Holiday

I was about to say something about partying hard over the long holiday weekend last week....but who are we kidding? Summer is pretty much 3 straight months of pool parties, whether you have kids or not ;)

Every weekend is full of cookouts, booze, popsicles, and boozy popsicles. No judgement here, I enjoy my fair share summer cocktails.

(PS, I did recently post about healthier condiments for your cookouts and healthier summer cocktails, if you need some ideas)

There MIGHT be vodka in these

There MIGHT be vodka in these

So as we party our way through the summer, I thought I’d give you some ideas for how to DETOX after a weekend of mindfully indulging - we are being thoughtful about our choices to indulge, right??

  1. Homemade Gatorade for hydration and electrolytes

    Equal parts filtered water and coconut water. Add the juice of one orange, a generous pinch of unrefined sea salt, and raw honey to taste (if needed).

  2. Cut out the 4 most toxic foods for a week

Or as long as you can! No one should be eating these foods, but some people can handle these toxins in small amounts, if they are already functioning optimally. Eating these foods every day is what is making us sick. So if you are trying to lighten the toxic burden on your body after a weekend of partying, avoid these 4 foods:

  • Refined Flour

  • Industrial Seed Oils

    • Corn, cottonseed, safflower, soybean, etc.

  • Sugar (especially high-fructose corn syrup)

  • Processed soy (soy milk, soy protein, etc.)

3. Support your liver

  • Eat organic! Reduce the toxic burden on the liver by choosing organic produce that is not laden with pesticides

  • Add in probiotic foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, kombucha

  • Add in leafy greens for their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

4. SLEEP!

Don’t be a hero. After a weekend of partying, you do not need to be adding things to your to-do list that keep you up late at night. The laundry can wait. You can check Instagram in the morning. Do a short, twisty yoga sequence about an hour before bed and then turn off your screens and mellow out before going to bed, so you can get a full night’s sleep.

5. Don’t feel guilty

Seriously. Stress is the worst thing EVER. Worse than the junk food that we are stressing ABOUT. If you are honestly being mindful about your choice to indulge, there is nothing to feel guilty about. NO, you know what? Even if you are NOT mindful about indulging and you eat a whole gallon of ice cream, you still don’t need to feel guilty (you definitely DO need to pay close attention to the consequences of that decision, so you can learn from it). Last weekend my sister (who happens to be a professional chef) made a blackberry pie from scratch using blackberries she picked from her own backyard. I MEAN. So I chose to have some. And I was very mindful- no need to scarf down a huge slice. I ate slowly, enjoyed every bite, and stopped when I was satisfied. No guilt, no shame. I know there will be physical consequences from the gluten and sugar, but I decided it was worth it. So do what’s right for you and your body and don’t worry about anyone else. If you choose to indulge, do so mindfully, and then move on. If you choose to skip it, because you really don’t like how you feel when you eat something, do so without apologizing. The best way to detox from a weekend of indulging is to move forward without guilt.