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Step away from the chocolates – it’s time for a mini detox!

2015-12-30 20:12:46|Food

Although I didn’t go crazy this Christmas, I still feel like I am brimming with festive food. The mad dash to use up the leftovers and finish up the chocolates can throw the best of us off course. This isn’t the time of year associated with being ‘healthy’, after all! How on earth can we get start to get motivated for 2016? With the New Year celebrations around the corner, the lure of more alcohol and rich food is beckoning. I am always up for a party so let’s just discount the New Years Eve right now, but there is still no reason why you can’t give your body a mini detox this week to help your body start to recover. I plan to do a mini-detox today to help detoxify my body of the build up of pollutants and preservatives. Here is a quick guide. If you have no time this week, maybe try it at the weekend when the celebrations are over. It would a positive way to start the year and give your body a chance to recuperate. Wake up: Drink a litre of cooled boiled water to flush out all the toxins. Try to wait 90 minutes before you eat any breakfast.Unplug all your devices, mobile phones etc. Sometimes it’s important to relax and be present in your environment. Breakfast: I enjoy a breakfast smoothie. My Gut-Cleansing papaya coconut shake is not for the faint hearted but, fortune favours the brave since it has fantastic benefits. Exercise and mediate. Deep relaxation is good for body and mind and a wonderful way to de-stress after the circus of Christmas. Lunch: Eat a light, healthy, detox lunch such as my Wok-fried sweet and sour chicken with apple and orange salad which is a great liver detoxifier. Continue to hydrate all day and steer clear of alcohol and caffeine. As well as filtered water, Neal Yard’s Organic Detox Tea is a refreshing way to replenish your body http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/remedies/herbal-remedies/herbal-teas/8347.html#q=detox&start=2 Evening: A healthy dinner that is lean and tasty can be so nourishing. A warming broth can be very comforting as well as cleansing. My particular favourite is my Warming ginger, papaya, enoki mushroom and coriander broth. Ginger and papaya are a great detoxifier and the dish is virtually fat free. Before bed, treat yourself to a detox bath. It can really help eliminate toxins from the body and improve your skin tone. Neal Yard’s Detox Toning Oil has Ylang Ylang and Frankincense at it’s core and is wonderful added to your bath water. The perfect space to take time for yourself and cleanse your mind as well as you body. http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/bath-and-body/body/massage-and-body-oils/1401.html#q=detox&start=1 All the above recipes are in my book Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health http://bit.ly/eatcleanbook It’s time to show your body some TLC and give your digestive system a bit of a break. What better way than a day full of relaxation and delicious food! Love, Ching x

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