Aside from the 5-pound Toblerone on my kitchen counter (which isn't technically mine but let's be honest, we know where some of that's going), the leftovers and goodies are gone. Phew.
I'm convinced they're hanging on for dear life somewhere along my digestive tract though, as it sure doesn't feel as clean inside as it could. I'm sure many of you can relate. I'm even switching to tea most days instead of coffee. That tells me it's time for some clean-out. I've compiled some of the simpler tips to regulate digestion and clear out December:
1. Lemon water in the morning. 1 glass of room temperature water, 1/2 lemon squeezed in there. Drink when you first get up and wait about 20 minutes before having breakfast.
1.b. Follow with sun salutations.
2. FIBRE and WATER. Yes, I'm raising my blogging voice to stress their importance. The kidneys and bowels need water to get them flushed out, and the bowels need fibre to get moving. Don't just leave the garbage in the garage, help it get to the curb.
3. Nutrient-dense smoothies. I'm fortunate enough to live with a Vitamix, but it's easy to make these with any blending apparatus. Use one scoop of good quality protein powder (no sugar), berries, 1/2 banana, or apple, then add in veggies such as beets, kale, spinach, or carrots, and finish with some kidney and liver supportive herbs such as parsley and ginger. The combination of these gives tons of nutrients, fibre, and water which all support metabolic processes of the liver and kidneys, and gets you pooping.
4. Teas. Great ones include ginger, peppermint, dandelion, and chamomile. Chicory teas are great if you're swapping for coffee, or try steeping a cinnamon stick (my personal fave...soooo warming and delicious). An added bonus is that you don't have to drink as much boring water when you fill the void with tea!
5. Move. I'm having trouble with this one, I'll admit it. It's cold out. The city is frozen still. It's nicer under a warm blanket. Due to this freakishly intense winter so far, I have not got out for a run in about two months even with my warming-with-sweat socks (which are super cool. Thanks Running Room!). Indoor activities can be fun if they're kept interesting. I found this wonderful 30-day challenge with exercises ranging from push-ups to planks to lunges... keeping it interesting, quick, and indoors. Love it!