Heading home for the Holidays is always bittersweet. The thought of being back home and being able to see your loved ones brings a great deal of happiness. The thought of having a break from school for a couple of days brings nothing but smiles, but the thought of having to deal with relatives bombarding you with questions about your future and your figure is dreadful. So before we begin to overeat in an attempt to gain some time to think about the best possible way to answer post-graduation questions, let discuss how to properly take care of our bodies before the stuffing.
Yes, I am suggesting a cleanse before the holidays. Contrary to popular beliefs cleansing before the holiday feast is actually beneficial. It clears your body of the toxins that stimulate cravings, this is helpful in allowing yourself to enjoy, but not binge, certain foods. It also creates a healthy balance, allowing your body to recover from drinking or a nice slice of pie.
You can stick to the juice cleanse for a day or for three days. You can consume nothing but juice during your cleanse or you can use your juice as a substitute for a meal, it is completely up to you. I am a firm believer in doing what you feel is right for your body. No matter what you decide, you will be giving your body some sort of break from digestion which it will greatly appreciate especially before it consumes all that turkey.
Typical juice cleanses consist on consuming nothing but juices, six times a day. However, I understand that this time of year is usually hectic, so I would recommend consuming at least two green juices daily along with your other meals.
My recipe for my green juice goes as follows:
- 8 oz. of kale
- 8 oz. of spinach
- 8 oz. of romaine
- One cucumber
- 3 stalks of celery
- Juice of one fresh squeezed lemon
- One inch of ginger
- ½ an apple
- Handful of wheatgrass
- One tablespoon of chia seeds
- Handful of parsley
Enjoy & happy holidays!