Help! I've overdone it and I need a winter detox

I'll admit it – I overdid it. You see, I have this occasional gig where I get called upon to look after wealthy travellers in and around Australia. I just arrived home from a trip to Cairns, Port Douglas, Uluru, and then we indulged in Sydney's food, wine, and tourist scene.

After two weeks of fun, I need a belly cleanser, as my jeans are feeling quite snug. Now I'm back home, I'm getting back to my normal, healthy life. Here's how I'm going to reboot.

Eat almonds

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported on a study where more than 100,000 patients were examined, and concluded there is a clear, inverse relationship between vitamin E intake and liver cancer risk.

Almonds are packed with vitamin E, and it only takes half a cup to receive 80 per cent of your daily nutritional need. If you've boozed it up recently, rest and repair your liver with a Dry(er) July and plenty of almonds.

Drink water

If you're drinking water, you're not drinking wine, fizzy and energy drinks. Your belly will love it. The body is made up of 60-70 per cent water – not Diet Coke and apple juice. Water keeps the body balanced, aids digestion, and it's free. Aim for two litres of water per day to keep hydrated, as your mind and body depend on it.

Watch your portions

If you're feeling bloated, a positive change is simple: just eat less. Massive portions and the post-dining 'food comas' that result are uncomfortable and stressful on the body.

Going to bed on a full stomach isn't good for your digestive system, especially if you have acid reflux problems. Laying down negates gravity, and acid moving up one's esophagus is dangerous. Eat less, eat early, and give your food time to digest before you hit the sack.

Digest more fibre

I like the Victorian Government's description of fibre: "The main role of fibre is to keep the digestive system healthy. Fibre has also been shown to benefit diabetes, blood cholesterol levels and weight control."

Say no more, because fibre is a must for belly health. Fruits and vegies are packed with fibre, so get them in your diet – daily. And guess what? Fibre is a carbohydrate, so now you know that not all carbs are the devil.


Move your body

I don't care if you're in the drier, northern half of Australia or the colder, southern half – we all must move our bodies from January to December. Skip rope, run the stairs, perform bodyweight squats. Do push-ups, sit-ups, and burpees. Go to Zumba, spin, or CrossFit. Exercise at least three times per week, and a slimmer belly with positive energy will be on the way.

Jump in the ocean

Water in your body is healthy, and water on your body is energy. Some incredible claims are made about cold water therapy and what it does to the body. All we need to know is that cold water is good for blood circulation and mood.

Getting in the ocean during an Australian winter is invigorating – simply observe the energy of guys and gals at your local beach who start their day with a morning dip or surf. If you can't get to a beach daily, running cold water for the last 30 seconds of a shower will provide a jolt of energy to start the day.

Stop and think

Just think: "Is what's going into my mouth good or bad for my body?"

It's one simple, conscious thought that (if asked at every meal) can turn your life around.

Last year, I scribed a cheeky-yet-serious e-book called The Bender Cleanser. It's five days of health for those of us who need a rest from the naughty and a kick along in the food and fitness department. This year it's time for an update. 

You see, the folks I was escorting around parts of Australia were four grandparents and their four grandchildren. The oldies were full of energy, love, and movement into their later years. They were still living with passion, and I want to be part of that group – the healthy group.

If you do too, drop me an email and I'll get your (free) copy of The Bender Cleanser to you on Sunday for a Monday start.

Do you have any winter detox tips of your own? Let us know in the comment section below. 

Passion for lifestyle change is the cornerstone for everything Michael Jarosky does. A Sydney-based personal trainer, he cajoled thousands of Executive Style readers to undertake his 'Cut The BS' diet, and champions a charity weight-loss event, Droptober.

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