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Detox after Christmas and New Year Festivities

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

ID-100188920The revelry has come and gone and now you feel like— well, hopefully nothing has changed at all. But when you looked at yourself in the mirror, you’re suddenly convinced you’ve indulged too much during the holidays. And when a friend echoes what you thought you saw and tells you, “You’ve gained weight!” You begin to worry a little bit.

But here comes the last straw…you tried on a pair of jeans and you needed to hold your breath, roll over a few times (turn a little blue fom holding your breath for quite some time) zip them up, only to feel they don't fit you anymore.

That’s when you really fret and join the herd in the gym. While the seasoned gym goers are complaining because membership sign-ups are going higher and gyms are packed with people who are intent on keeping a head start on their New Year’s resolution.

Usually though, two weeks after, 95% of them are never seen again. I hope you are not one of them because yours is an intention for a healthier lifestyle—which is long-term.  

Now, here are ways to help you detox from the holidays and kick-start your whooping healthy lifestyle for 2014 and onwards.

1. Drink lots of water

Taking in water will help cleanse your system and flush out the toxins to get you back on track to a healthier you.

2. Exercise

Sweat it out! Try a class like Zumba, dancing, kickboxing, aerobics, step aerobics, yoga, Pilates. If you don’t want to wrestle with lots of gym-goers in January, try running, jogging, walking, biking right in your neighbourhood.  Sweating out the excess calories and toxins from the holiday is a great way to detoxify the body.

3. De-clutter your thoughts

You also need to silence your mind and get back into focus. Being healthy has a lot to do with a good and healthy mindset. Incorporate meditation into your activities and de-clutter the negative thoughts and the noise you still have after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

4. Add Healthy Foods back into your system

Try to add the healthy foods before you overindulged during the holidays back into your diet. Get at least five fruit and vegetable servings in a day. 


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Prepare your body before you over-indulgence

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments


Unless you’re Scrooge or you’re simply planning to hide in a cave this holiday season—then you don’t need to read this post.

It’s because I am going to bet (no matter how much you want to stick to a very strict weight loss program), you will allow yourself to overindulge during the holiday season. And please don’t beat yourself up if you do overindulge…because it is “unavoidable” (okay, if you have a better word that will appeal to your logical mind, then write me a message in the comment section below!). However, I won’t have the space in this post to argue with you that you can avoid not to overindulge this holiday season—because you can. But if you can’t, then I do have some tips on how you can prepare your body before you overindulge.

1.    Consider a pre-festive detox (Read the post I wrote on why you should detox)

A detox will allow you some space in your body when the festivities get under way. Before you put in the junk, de-clutter so to speak.  This way, your body can go through lesser adjustments, rather than more drastic measures when 2014 kicks in and you find yourself developing pockets of fat on your belly all of a sudden.

2.    Don’t forget to continue your exercise routine (if possible, bring it to the next level)

It doesn’t mean that if you have momentarily developed “amnesia” over your weight loss management rules on your calorie intake, then it will give you the excuse to forget everything else like your exercise routine.

Don’t forget that energy in=energy out is the ideal equation for maintaining our desired weight.

Exercising will prevent you from drifting into a weight loss plateau during the holiday season. Continuity is crucial. Read how to avoid weight loss plateaus and discover more.

3.    Remember to keep a positive mindset

It won’t do you any good if you keep on telling yourself every time you pick up a delicious goodie, “Why have I overindulged?” “I promised not to do it but here I am stuffing myself!” “I am doomed!” “I’ll go back to being overweight!” “It’s my fault!” “I can’t do it!” and on and on.  

This can lead to emotional eating on your part and you will most likely eat more. This can also decrease your motivation and energy to continue with the program you’ve started.

I am in no way encouraging you to waste away and ravish like someone who has been deprived of food for a decade. What I am saying is that when you can’t avoid the tempting and delicious food in front of you this holiday season, it’s okay. But be sure to prepare yourself if you can’t say “no.”

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Are There Benefits of Detoxing For Fast Weight Loss?

Posted on: April 5th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments


Ok, so you want to lose weight?  Although exercise and a healthy diet are the best approaches to take, cleansing your body first by way of a body detoxification could be the best way to start. 

There are many ways to detox your body so before you start a body detox plan, it is important to know your options.  These options include water fasting, juice fasting, the soup cleanse, the use of detox pills and patches, the consumption of all-natural foods, to name a few.

Although these methods are popular as they can help you achieve a quick weight loss,    fasting is not right for everyone and it is advisable to consult with your medical practitioner first, before embarking on any method of weight loss.

When detoxing it is important your body still receives needed nutrients.  For that reason, it is recommended should you choose a juice fast, or water fast you detox for no more than five days or more. 

Your weight loss success on a detox diet will also depend on what your current weight is.  The more you weigh, the easier it will be for you to lose weight.  For example, if you are 20 pounds overweight, you may lose weight on a detox diet.  However, if you are at a healthy weight, you may not lose any weight at all.

Once your detox period is finished you will most likely need to make some life-style changes in your food options or the weight you have just lost can return just as easily.  By making healthy food choices, eliminating foods high in sugar, fats, and calories and combining this with a regular exercise regime, you can maintain a healthy weight for years to come.

So, although you can lose weight on a detox diet, your results may vary and your weight loss may only be temporary.  We suggest you adopt a combination of healthy eating and exercise as a way of life as opposed to a quick fix. 

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