By Dr Bhavi Mody – Vrudhi Homeopathic and Wellness Centre
We have all enjoyed Diwali and have indulged in rounds of eating sweets and farsans. Tempting mithais and snacks with the festive occasion and gatherings of family and friends.
If you were not able to resist or were not willing to deprive yourself some delicious snacks in the midst of all the celebrations and joy, don’t worry! What you eat over the next couple of weeks can undo the toll taken by the festive season on your system.
So here are your DETOX tips. Forget what you binged on and be guilt–free!
Lesser portions and frequent meals
Cut back on the size of your portions and try eating 5-6 times rather than three times a day. It’s great for your body to have a break from heavy foods. Introduce more fruit, veg and pulses into your diet. Replace sugary breakfast cereals with porridge, bananas or yoghurts and snack on seeds, nuts, fruit and oatcakes. Smoothies are a great way to detox and are a healthy addition to any diet. They are better then juices alone as they contain the whole fruit. Limit eating after 8pm to an absolute minimum.
This is easier said than done because we tend to drink tea or coffee at least twice a day. Soft drinks are another vice, so make a conscious effort to avoid these. Post Diwali, your body is dealing with excess sugar so try to give it as much plain fluids as you can. Water is a great detox option and a glass of warm water in the morning as soon as you get up can work wonders. Start each day with a cup or glass of boiled and cooled or bottled water, with the juice of a fresh lemon added. If you drink this before anything else in the day it will really help to cleanse your body. Later have at least one cup of green tea; the antioxidants will give your system a real boost. If you need to sweeten either of these drinks do so with honey. If you are wondering how you can avoid the sugar from fruits, remember that natural sugar is always better than processed sugar.
Say No to Alcohol
Alcohol should be cut out altogether. If you must drink alcohol it should be kept to an absolute maximum of one small glass of wine a day with your evening meal.
For those who smoke, obviously ideally you would give up – but if you can’t manage that then cut down to at least half of what you smoked previously.
- Oil: Cut back the amount of oil. Don’t use butter or ghee on your rotis for some time. Instead of frying, try baked or grilled dishes.
- Exercise: The last few days of high calorie diet and lack of exercise must have taken a toll on your body – give it some movement. Walk or climb your office stairs; move around as much as you can.
- Rest and Rejuvenate: It is important that you get lots of rest over this period. Treat yourself to seven nights of at least eight hours sleep. If this means going to bed earlier, do it – you’ll feel great for it.
Try body brushing in the mornings as it gets your circulation moving and energises you. Try adding essential oils to your bath. Add 6-8 drops to your bath water or 2-4 drops to carrier oil for detox massage.
What Not to do on a Detox
- Starve yourself: Just because you have binged or overeaten a tad doesn’t mean you have to starve your body in order to lose all those extra calories. Crash diets are a strict no-no.
- Skip meals: So you think, ‘Instead of eating less, I’ll just skip lunch entirely’. Don’t. Skipping meals is the worst idea possible and you won’t lose weight this way.
- Deprive yourself: Yes, you are trying to stick to a detox plan. But don’t deprive yourself of the things you relish. The more you crave the more you’ll slip. Moderation is the key.
Dr Bhavi Mody is a Postgraduate in Homeopathy with a gold medal in the BHMS exam and over 20 years of clinical experience. She is currently the Director of Vrudhi Homeopathic and Wellness Centre, Associate Director of Vrudhi Research Foundation and Edupsyche Pvt Ltd.
Bhavi specialises in providing not just homeopathy to her clients, but has evolved a structured program for providing a ‘light n sweet solution’ to a heavy problem – obesity. Her core USP is women and child care with homeopathy and nutritional support. She believes in ‘A humane approach to holistic healing’.
Dr Bhavi Mody is based in Mumbai but caters to clients all over the globe providing online homeopathic and wellness solutions.
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