A New Year is finally here, and so are all the new goals and expectations from all of us. It is quite common to conceive the 1st of January as the fresh start we were all looking for, especially in the field of health and fitness. Who doesn’t feel the need of detoxifying after December right?
However, most of the time we are so caught up in the “need” of this so-called detox, that we don’t even stop to think if what we are doing is actually good for our bodies, or if we are pushing so hard, that we might end up in a vicious cycle that ties us to ups and downs, instead of choosing the way to a definite change.
So, this 2021, that represents a new beginning in many ways for all of us, be sure to choose the right path to a new lifestyle. If you are wondering how? Heads up to the next tips:
What is DETOX really?
At present there are many diets or regimes that claim to rid your body of toxins, thereby improving health and promoting weight loss. However, there is not actual scientific evidence to back up the need of these practices to keep your body clean.
If you look for the term “body detox” you will find things like “fasting”, “juicing” “liver stimulation” and “laxatives”. Practices, that in the long term might end up making more harm than good, especially if not controlled by professionals. But, that is not the worst part; your body is already fully equipped to eliminate toxins without the need of special diets or supplements.
Now, don’t get discouraged, because we can still find ways to enhance our natural detoxification system and get the best out of it:
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Find ways to improve your sleep, if you are not resting enough.
- Drink enough water: Around 3.7Liters for men and 2.7 Litres for women.
- Reduce your intake of sugars and processed foods.
- Eat antioxidant rich-foods: berries, fruits, nuts, cocoa, vegetables, spices, green tea, or coffee.
- Eat foods high in prebiotics: tomatoes, artichokes, bananas, asparagus, onions, garlic, and oats.
- Decrease your salt intake.
What about a new diet to start the year?
Setting goals to improve your health is amazing, but it is important to keep in mind that all the changes we do, should be a change in our lifestyle and not a momentary trend. Unfortunately, this is not mentioned too often, and people end up involved in highly restrictive and unsustainable diets, leading most people to break their resolutions within a few weeks. This is why many people make the same resolutions year after year. So, to create long lasting habits, you can begin with simple, yet powerful changes such as:
- Eating more whole foods.
- Spend less time sitting: Try to stand at least one minute each hour.
- Reduce the intake of sweetened beverages.
- Cook more meals at home, even if it is to take to work.
- Rely less on convenience foods like; packaged chips, cookies, frozen dinners, and fast food.
- Eat more vegetables: choose at least to meals to include vegetables, and you can even complement with vegetable
- Relief your stress: spend more time outside, meditate, be mindful, limit screen time.
- Stop chronic dieting: search for a professional who makes the adequate diet for you to keep, instead of jumping from diet to diet.
All in all, there is no such thing as a magic diet, remember, all changes require effort and dedication if they are made to last. So, don’t despair, set your goals, find the best way to start, go at your own pace, respect your body, and always remember that is not about fast results, but lasting ones.
Happy New Year and lots of joy for all of you!