Dealing with the January blues and getting over that festive feeling

Green smoothie to help detox.

Green smoothie to help detox.

SO THE New Year of 2014 is here and the Christmas and New Year celebrations are starting to feel like a distant bloated memory with its massive amount of food and excess tipples.

But as January gets underway and we begrudgingly settle back into our normal day-to-day routines, our stomach and liver are still recovering from the over-indulging over the festive period.

If, like me, you want to go on a complete detox over the next few weeks and whittle out all the chocolates, sweets, mince pies, deserts, cheese and fine wine consumed since December 24, then there’s no time, or excuse, like the present.

Since the beginning of Christmas until now, I’ve watched the scales creep a little higher by just over 4kg but I will battle it out to ensure the dial moves back to the left by the end of January.

There’s many different ways to detox that bloated feeling so I’m going to stick to something I feel is manageable and realistic because, let’s face it, I’m still in that festive mood.

Firstly, I will make great effort to drink a few pints of water each day – and with my morning glass I’ll dissolve a Vitamin C tablet which is said to provide immune and antioxidant support and great for flushing out all the bad toxins in the liver.

I will endeavour to drink just one cup of coffee or tea per day and enjoy a cup of lemon and green tea instead during work. A couple of times a week I’ll make a smoothie – because they take a bit of time and effort to create – but are filling and give me plenty of energy.

One thing I would like to try this month is the herb milk thistle which can be purchased at local health stores e.g. Holland and Barrett in Enniskillen.

It’s meant to be a great liver tonic and have been used my a few of my family members and friends who swear by it all the time.

I highly doubt I will be going on any diet or counting calories as I don’t have the patience for that but I will definitely try and eat more fruit and vegetables and eat smaller meals.

Lastly, as of this week I have made my grand return to the gym. Starting off with plenty of cardio and circuits to ease myself back into the exercise regime. Those are my targets but I’ll not be putting myself under any unnecessary pressure. I will endeavour to do my best.

Try out this green smoothie

Handful of kale, spinach, two celery stalks, half a cucumber, 100ml of apple juice, 100ml of water and crushed ice and blend all together.

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