With the weather warming up, bikini season looms on us again. And if you’re anything like me, and tend to get a little extra cuddly over the winter period, a pre-summer detox is just the trick to get us out of our sweats and into the sun. Now I can’t stand the whole mentality that argues we need to become hungry and stressed to feel dignified in our summer clothes – no thanks.
But getting back into the exercise routine that may have been neglected for the couch, while enjoying all the gorgeous food that’s around is never a bad idea. The thing is, I don’t have time to spend four hours on yoga a day or grow my own organic celery for snacks.
So here are my simple pre-summer detox tips, for busy people.
When you wake up, squeeze a wedge of lemon into hot water for a revitalising drink. Because it aids digestion, it’s great for beating the bloat and speeding up the release of toxins from your body. Beyond this, it’s an effective way of fitting more vitamin C into your day, which promotes healing and helps to maintain healthy bones, cartilage and tissue. Bottom line is it’s a fantastic, cheap way to get your body hot and healthy from the inside out.
We all know how important water is to a healthy diet, but chugging away glass after glass is often unpleasant unless you’ve been mountain climbing that morning. Keep a bottle of water with you at your desk and in your handbag, that way it’ll always be on hand and you can get more into your system without the hassle.
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, add cucumber or lemon slices – it adds taste and you’ll be packing in more vitamins. I’m a huge fan of glass water bottles as they have a reduced risk of chemical toxins being leeched into the water from the bottle itself. Drinking more water is great for flushing out all the nasties that make us bloated, tired and puffy looking and it’s one of the easiest ways of getting yourself feeling healthy and detoxed for summer. Plus it’s a super simple way to counter last night’s sangria.
I love a smoothie when I’m in a hurry. I literally just smash everything in the blender and drink it in the car on the way to work. It’s basically a quick, portable breakfast packed with nutrients, that you can tailor to suit your tastes. Being a big fan of super foods I throw in a heaped teaspoon of my favourites, which at the moment are maqua powder, gubinge powder, chia seeds and bee pollen. I stock up at www.peachyclean.com.au, which is a great spot for everything healthy.
A good breakfast needs carbs, protein and loads of vitamins and minerals to set you up for the day. Always add greens like spinach to the smoothie, you can’t taste it, but it’ll be doing you good. Try one of my favourite breakfast smoothie recipes:
1 cup of organic almond milk
A splosh of coconut water
½ cup of frozen blueberries
A handful of spinach
A few spoonfuls of superfoods (add your favourites)
Blend until creamy. Enjoy!
Being high in fiber, sweet and chocked full of vitamin E, iron, zinc, selenium, potassium and more, this will have you feeling super virtuous, satiated and full of energy.
Juicing – we’ve heard all about it. It pumps your body full of micronutrients and is far easier to work into your day than eating a kilo of raw veggies at your desk. Always base your juices around veggies and add a dash of fruit to keep it sweet and palatable – that way you aren’t just pumping your system full of just fructose. Ideally keep your veggies cold before you juice them as it well help keep the juice from spoiling. If you want to make a big potion, bare in mind to keep it cold and drink it within a few hours to maintain optimum nutrient levels. If you’re on the go, make it first thing in the morning and keep it travel-handy in a thermos.
I love this earthy, citrus juice recipe for early morning juicing:
½ celery bunch
4 carrots (washed not peeled, most nutrients are just beneath the skin)
1 beetroot (raw not tinned)
2 green apples
2 oranges (peeled)
Or if you fancy a power cleanse, try ‘The Hulk’ juice recipe (because it’s bright green and super potent, yet delicious).
½ celery bunch
1 spinach bunch (roots removed)
1 kale bunch
Incorporating little, healthy changes into your everyday routine is the best way to kick-start your healthy self for summer, and small changes can make a big difference to how you feel and look. You don’t need to be miserable and hungry, just healthy and happy. And the healthier you are, the happier you’ll be.
Have you ever done a detox? Share your detox experience!
Kate Jones blogs about writing and pop culture at Calvicle Capitalism.