Healthy Long Weekend Guide
Long weekends are fantastic but come Monday, many people may feel as demotivated as a deflated party balloon! Your mind may continue to function and reminisce in festivity mode however, your body will be feeling the after-effects of your celebratory behaviours. We asked our Naturopath Amanda Harasym, for her top tips for staying healthy over the long weekend and jump starting a post-holiday week. Read her suggestions below.
- Include bitter foods in your diet; bitter foods help to stimulate liver and kidney function, major organs of detoxification; a simple way to do this is to start your day with a warm glass of water and freshly squeezed lemon juice; other bitter foods include Jerusalem artichokes, mustard, dandelion, arugula, and milk thistle greens;
- eat 2-3 servings of leafy greens per day; these are a rich source of magnesium, a powerful mineral that promotes relaxation; great leafy greens include Romaine lettuce, kale, and turnip greens;
- include protein with every meal; this will help to stabilise blood sugar levels; healthy lean proteins include organic animal-based meats, such as turkey, chicken, fish and eggs, and vegetarian proteins sources include quinoa, buckwheat, black beans, broccoli, nuts and seeds;
- sweat it out with some physical activity; take 30 minutes per day to engage in any form of physical activity, from dance to kick boxing; ensure weight training compromises an aspect of your training regime;
- drink water; if you over-did it on the party beverages, ensure you replenish your fluids with a minimum of 30 ml per kg of body weight per day;
- fat is your friend; omega 3 fatty acids can help to reduce inflammation; food sources include flax and chia seeds, walnuts, purslane and small, cold water oily fish, such as mackerel, sardines and herring;
- herb up; some great herbal teas to reduce tummy bloating include fennel, liquorice, dandelion root, marsh mellow root, and peppermint;
- consistently aim to eat clean; prep meals and snacks the night before, and always have food ready to grab on the go; and
- take time to Zen out; ensure you get maintain proper sleep hygiene habits and catch up on your Z’s! Before you go to bed, take 20 minutes to wind down, shut off from social media and electronic devices and just be in the moment.
If you’re interested in partaking in a full body recovery or combined nutritional/herbal detox, contact Elevate’s Naturopath Amanda Harasym. Call Elevate on 9252 2225 for more information, or to book an appointment.