Cleaning up after the Easter bunny – post Easter detox
Cleaning up after the Easter bunny - post Easter detox
By Jade Anstey and Dianne Scranton, Naturopaths, Balanced by Nature
Easter is often a holiday period when we fall off the wagon when it comes to clean eating. If you’re like us and you are impartial to the odd hot cross bun (or three), you’re now left with a bloated tummy and a feeling of guilt. This is completely normal, but definitely not something you need to beat yourself up over. By recognising that our bodies are now in an inflammatory state, we can implement a few key changes to aid in detoxification and promote wellbeing. Simple things you can do to aid cleaning up after the Easter bunny include:
Use lots of herbs to heal
Herbs contain compounds that have therapeutic actions on our bodies. By adding herbs to your cooking and daily meals you really are then using food as your medicine! If you’ve eaten a lot of inflammatory or processed foods recently you may notice that your tummy doesn’t feel as comfortable as it normally does. We love turmeric for its potent anti-inflammatory action on the digestive lining; in fact, on the whole body! By reducing inflammation in the gut it then allows the gut to heal and return to normal function. Try adding some turmeric to your morning smoothie for a lovely bright yellow colour, adding it to soups or grating it into salads. Ginger is another of our favourites. Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory that also aids in restoring normal digestive function. Ginger is particularly good for bloating, digestive pain or cramps and helping to settle an upset gut. Add ginger to your smoothie along with turmeric for a potent kick! Or add a slice to some warm water to sip after a meal.
Add some extra greens
Dark leafy green vegetables are abundant in a substance called chlorophyll or what we like to refer to as ‘liquid sunshine’. It is a substance found in plants that allows them to absorb light from the sun and convert it into energy. By including dark green vegetables like kale, broccoli, Swiss chard and grasses like wheatgrass in our diet, we are filling our body with essentially the same energy that gives plants the ability to flourish and grow. Chlorophyll works as a potent anti-inflammatory, alkalises the body, builds and oxygenates the blood and helps the body cleanse itself of impurities, all lending to its detoxification ability. By simply having a shot of wheatgrass or a leafy green salad with your lunch you will aid your body in cleansing.
Balance your blood sugar
Who found that with the extra sugar consumption over Easter you were feeling more sleepy than normal? Did you need an afternoon nap? Have you been left craving chocolate and sugar like there’s no tomorrow? You can take control now! These are all signs of poor blood sugar control. Starting the day with a meal that contains adequate levels of protein and healthy fat means that blood sugar levels will be stable for hours afterwards. When we miss these important nutrients your blood sugar can make you feel like you’re on a roller coaster – lots of highs and lows (think elated and buzzing to then being sleepy, grumpy and irritable). Stop those sugar cravings now and take control of your blood sugar by including protein in each meal throughout the day (such as eggs, fish, red meat, etc) along with some healthy fats (such as avocado, coconut oil, nuts and seeds). One of our favourite breakfasts to prevent a crash in blood sugar levels is poached eggs with kale, avocado and beetroot – lots of colour and it tastes delicious!
Hydrate with water and herbal tea
Hydration is essential for good health and detoxification. By ensuring you drink at least two litres of filtered water each day you will aid your body to cleanse, alkalise and flush out toxins. Try adding the juice of half a lemon to a glass of warm water first thing in the morning for the perfect way to wake up. Swap your daily caffeine hit for herbal tea like ginger, chamomile, nettle or peppermint. Herbal tea aids in hydration and offers an abundance of health promoting effects, unlike coffee, which is dehydrating and robs your body of essential minerals.
By implementing these small changes to your daily routine this week they will leave you feeling cleansed and ready to continue your journey into good health.