8 tips for cleansing for the holidays

tips for cleansing by Emily Potter, Clinical Nutritionist The holidays are just around the corner, and you know what that means... chocolate, cookies, fudge, wine, and a whole lot of permission to eat whatever you want. After all, holiday season only comes around once a year. I'm all about enjoying the holidays to the fullest, but in order to keep a healthy balance, every year I do a pre-holiday reset. You may think it's best to wait until January to start a cleanse with your New Year's resolutions, but I recommend doing this before your December calendar gets booked with the festivities of the season.

Why cleanse before the holidays

Clearing toxins from your system can dramatically reduce sugar cravings. If you start your holidays without these cravings, it will be easier to enjoy those sweet treats in moderation, or as I tell my clients “dip without diving.” Cleansing will also boost your immune system significantly and help you avoid that dreaded winter cold.

How to dip without diving

When it comes to cleansing, I suggest doing it in moderation. Often the word 'cleanse' comes with the stigma of starving on green juice and lemon water. That is hardly the type of cleanse I recommend. Instead, I suggest sticking to real food, eating when you are hungry, and tuning in to listen to your body. It's as simple as eliminating energy depleting foods in your diet while adding in only whole foods with lots of organic fruits and veggies.

8 tips for cleansing for the holidays

  1. Commit to a week where your focus is healthy eating.
  2. Eliminate energy depleting foods like caffeine, gluten, dairy, 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 detoxing.
  5. Breathe! Here is another reason to get exercise into your daily life. Deep breathing not only oxygenates the blood, but alkalizes the body which definitely supports the body's natural mechanisms to detox.
  6. Grab a green juice. By incorporating greens into your diet daily 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.
Emily Potter is a Clinical Nutritionist residing in Coeur d' Alene, ID. Emily works with clients world wide to support individuals in their wellness goals, and healing ailments and imbalance from the root cause. For more information on a balanced seven day cleanse, visit www.diycleanse.com or her private practice website www.nourishmintwellness.com