Healthy Post-Holiday


I couldn’t help but notice mention of “detoxing” today on Facebook, blogs, the news, etc.

See, I kind of have a problem with this.

On Thanksgiving we find many people piling their plates, saying it’s okay to have second and third helpings, and the next day it’s raw veggies and water only so that they can feel healthy again.

Where’s the balance in that?

I’m not going to say I didn’t enjoy a slice or two of pecan pie on Thanksgiving, but I also made sure to have a serving of every vegetable I saw on the table. And I definitely drank my fair share of wine but I made sure to drink enough water too.

But what I’m trying to say is, even if you didn’t attempt to eat remotely healthy on Thanksgiving, your body is an amazingly well-oiled machine and can put it self back to normal without you depriving it of essential nutrients. Your kidneys and liver (if functioning in a non-diseased state) do a fabulous job of “detoxing” without you even noticing it.

And while I think it’s fair to be a little extra conscious of how much excess sugar you’re consuming or how much water you’re drinking after a holiday, there comes a point when it’s gone too far. Cutting out whole food groups or completely fasting is totally unnecessary.

The definition of healthy, per Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

enjoying health and vigor of body, mind and spirit

You enjoyed those extra calories at the time of consumption probably because you had faith in the fact that your body will eventually find its way back to normalcy. And whether you want to believe it or not, you’re still healthy, even after all the pumpkin pie and dessert wine.

And if you’re over there giving me the stink eye because you think I’m crazy well then so be it, but I personally think it’s healthier to indulge than to deprive.

So instead of a “detox”, what are things you can do to enjoy your health a little more this week?

  • drink more water
  • add a few extra minutes of cardio
  • eat high proteins breakfasts
  • sleep 30 minutes more each night
  • get at least 5 servings of fruit & veggies a day
  • cook your favorite “healthy” dinner

You tell me, what’s something you could do?