We know we promote eating healthy while traveling but sometimes you can struggle a bit when you are in one of the most foodie areas of the world – Spain. We tried to resist but the wine, tapas, fresh bread, cheese, olives, chocolate, pastries, gelato and more was too good to pass up. Even though we were constantly walking and moving for 7+ hours every day we still feel the need for a major detox.
There are many ways to detox, whether it’s cutting out a certain food (like sugar), doing a juice cleanse, reducing alcohol intake or doing all of the above plus more. Detoxing will rebalance your body and get all it’s chemical levels back to where they should be. Going through a detox is different for everyone so you need to make sure you look at the plan and adjust it to what will suit you.
The main things to remember are to avoid things such as alcohol, smoking, dairy, sugar and coffee, if only for three days, it will do wonders for your body. Look at your calendar, pick out a few days (at minimum, 7 days will be even better) where there are no functions or anything that will interrupt the detox plan. By the end of the last day we are hoping to be feeling healthier, have heightened energy levels and improved digestion. Here is our goal for the next week.
Start the day with a lemon juice. Squeeze half a lemon juice into warm water and drink before breakfast. It will kickstart the digestion.
Breakfast. Stick to organic eggs, oats or museli (granola), yogurt or fruit.
Snack throughout the day. This isn’t about starving yourself, just eat healthy (and raw foods are always better). Snack on nuts, carrot sticks, yogurt, a slice of wholegrain bread with peanut butter or some fruit. Portion size is key.
Lunch. Stick to a salad, stir fry veggies, salad pita wrap. Try keep the veggies raw.
Dinner. Vegetables with free range chicken breast or fish. Or just vegetables if you are a vegetarian/vegan. Try limit your meat intake to twice in the week.
Drink. Try drink between 1-3L of water every day to help flush out the system. Drinking decaf tea (no milk or sugar) or herbal teas is also good.
Exercise. Exercise properly (i.e. work up a sweat) for at least 1 hour every day.
Sleep. Get at least 6-8 hours sleep every evening.