I hibernate in big jackets and sweaters, coverage that makes it easy to let the diet slip. But winter is over and its departure means the end of the body-hiding wardrobe. Words like “detox” and “cleanse” are starting to pop up again as surely as the blossoms greeting spring.
If the thought of a week-long juice cleanse makes you squirm, fear not. You can do a simple reset for spring without going to the extremes.
Here are some tips and tricks that will move you forward with a leap into spring and a reboot in your step.
Quit bemoaning any extra pounds you added on during the cold, dark days of winter—you are human and it happens. Forgive yourself: It’s OK. Remind yourself that the choices you made in the past are behind you and there’s no going back to change them. The good news, of course, is that we are in the now and it brings with it a chance for you to start again.
Track down a natural-bristle brush that is meant for dry brushing the body. Using upward moving strokes, begin at your feet and work upwards toward your heart. This simple act wakes you up and is a great method for stimulating your lymphatic system and helping the body detoxify. It also improves your circulation and exfoliates the skin. Some even say regular use will help reduce cellulite (woohoo!) though more research is needed.
Amp up your workouts. Switch it up. Push your workout intensity to create heavy sweating—yes, the kind that makes sweat trickle down your brow. Sweating will help rid the body of toxins, acting like a natural detox. Some suggestions: rebounding, a HITT workout, or interval training. These admittedly hard exercises help your body run like a well-oiled machine—you'll likely even experience an improved mood (bye, bye blues!).
I know I sound like a broken record, but seriously you guys—it’s simple and imperative for good health to be well-hydrated. Drinking water is amazing for so many things, including how it carries nutrients to your cells and helps your kidneys filter toxins. Have a glass of water first thing in the morning, and carry a water bottle with you the rest of the day. If you drink up before lunch you are well on your way to full hydration by day’s end. Bonus: Proper hydration can help calm hunger pangs and improve (or prevent) feelings of fatigue. It's a real win-win—here are tips to up your water intake.
You probably already know that sugar and, for that matter, most white foods including pasta, bread, and rice (refined carbohydrates) slow down your metabolism. Get rid of them and restock your pantry with whole foods, seasonal fruits, lean and clean protein, nuts, seeds, nut butters, and other healthy options. New season, new you—literally: Throw the bad out and restock with the good.
Another great idea for a reset and reboot is to add naturally-hydrating foods into your diet, such as grapefruit, apples, cucumbers, carrots, celery, wild blueberries, tomatoes, dandelion greens, oranges, watermelon, pineapple, zucchini, romaine lettuce, etc. All of these foods have a high water content, which will help keep your body hydrated and running smoothly.
It's important to have regular bowel movements (yep, we're going there). No one likes to be constipated and it's just not healthy. Fortunately, adding fiber to your diet will help increase regularity, and there are many ways to do this and thus help your system out. Throw some chia seeds or some flax into a smoothie, eat a handful of raspberries, or ramp up your vegetable consumption. The more you can do to help guide your body to regularity, the better.
And just a reminder: You can always choose to start again. At any moment, you can restart. Thankfully, we have these amazing machines that just want to work well for us and support us. I am talking about your body. Treat it right so that you can thrive.