So, if you gave it your all at Nashville North and bravely vowed to eat and drink your way around the Stampede grounds and party circuit, this is the week to quit horsin’ around and rein in your lifestyle and diet. Follow my 5 top tips to your ultimate Stampede detox and you will soon wrangle in your bad habits and be back in the saddle of a great diet and lifestyle.
1. Keep right on drinking! Thats right, you need to keep your liquids up but cut out the alcohol and drink your water, at least a litre a day to rehydrate the body, nip headaches in the bud and flush through an overworked liver and digestive system. Give yourself a couple of weeks of zero alcohol after Stampede in order to rest your liver, but keep chugging on plain water or a simple but refreshing beverage such as my recipe for Chia Fresca.
2. Eat your greens and beets. Leafy greens are alkalizing to the body whereas fried food is acidic. Introducing more greens into the diet will bring your body back to a more healthy pH level, as well as providing anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrition, fibre and natural plant enzymes that will aid your weary digestive tract to digest and absorb nutrients. Beets especially provide betaine that supports liver health and encourages the detoxification process. Choose a salad over fries, garnish your meals with fresh herbs or throw it all into a smoothie….
It was zingy with ginger, both fresh and earthy with a zesty hint of lemon and boosted my energy level even as I drank it. Something you cannot say for the three coma inducing Stampede breakfasts I had enjoyed last week.
- 2 small beets
- 1 handful baby kale
- 1/2 bunch cilantro
- 1/2 bunch parsley
- 1/4 long English cucumber
- 1" ginger root
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- 11/2 cups water
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- Add all ingredients apart from the chia seeds to a blender.
- Liquidize to a thick shake consistency adding more water if necessary.
- Add chia seeds and leave for 10 minutes for the chia to plump up and soften.
- Adding a teaspoon of chia seeds to this smoothie will introduce more soluble fibre which helps to assist toxins in leaving the digestive tract.
3. Increase the fibre in your diet. if you have been surviving on curly fries, funnel cakes and other fried cowboy cr#p for the past 10 days, you are going to want to get it out of your system as quickly as possible. At it’s most elemental level the art of detoxification is a good healthy poop on a daily basis. Including whole grains, plant fibre and plenty of water in your diet is going to make this beauty happen for you.
4. Get good sleep. It is only when you get your head on the pillow for 8 good hours of sleep a night that the body will release HGH or Human Growth Hormone into the bloodstream from the pituitary gland. This is the hormone that takes care of tissue growth and health and put simply helps your hair grow longer and shinier, strengthens nails and plumps up the collagen in our faces. I know I can literally see the ageing process after a run of late nights. Start you sleep routine an hour earlier in the week following Stampede and include a relaxing ritual such a a cup of chamomile tea or a soak in a warm bath and you really will be getting your beauty sleep!
5. Take an Epsom Salt bath. Every good cowpoke needs a good soak in the tub from time to time and by adding Epsom Salts you will be giving your body a great detox. Those tight two stepping muscles will relax as magnesium the relaxation mineral is soaked in through the skin and the sulphates in Epsom Salts will also flush toxins on a cellular level.
It is okay to run a little wild every once in a while but nows the time to take back the reins over your health post Stampede. It was fun while it lasted and you will always have the memories but you also deserve to ditch the guilt and feel good about the choices you make for your body and your health.
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