From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]borderstan.com.
Perhaps you had a few too many beers at the company holiday party. Your mother may have put the candy dish out right in front of you and added second helpings to your plate at dinner. Or maybe it was the traveling and eating out every meal. Not to mention that New Years Eve party hangover followed by pizza at 3 am, followed by brunch less than ten hours later.
Whatever the case may be, by January everyone’s talking about the post-holiday bloat, guilt and resolve to change.
Signing a 12-month gym membership contract can’t automatically make you feel any better or make you any healthier. Neither will starving yourself of warming foods in the heart of winter.
A juice cleanse or other detox diet may provide a quick fix but may not have lasting results and could leave you feeling depleted and weak. However, in addition to exercise, a clean diet over just a few weeks can cure the worst of food hangovers of all and lead to ultimate positive change and increased energy.
Healthy Ideas for You
- Cruciferous greens like kale, broccoli and cabbage almost instantly clear your system of impurities (hence the green smoothie detox fads), so develop the habit of having one cup of greens like these at least five times a week. They’ll also stay in season throughout most of the winter.
- Other foods high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids like avocado, sardines, salmon and flax seeds also help to rid your body of impurities and are usually recommended for their skin-clearing properties too.
- Stick to what is in season! Winter squash, carrots, and nutrient dense potatoes like sweet or Vivaldi can also form the base of a hearty winter dish—filling, warm and satisfying.
So try out this recipe below or one of these recipes from past entries for a fresh start this year:
Cumin and Ginger Spiced Carrot Salad
- 2 cups cooked quinoa, couscous or brown rice
- Approximately 10 large carrots
- One avocado
- Fresh ground pepper
- Fresh ginger
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Lemon juice
- Fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut carrots lengthwise and then into three-inch pieces.
- Toss and coat in EVOO, salt, pepper, and a generous amount of cumin.
- Spread flat side down onto a lined baking sheet and grate ginger on top (note: ginger freezes very well, making is last longer AND easier to grate).
- Bake 20-30 minutes or until roasted to your liking.
- Once done, toss in a bowl with cooked quinoa, sliced avocado, parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Dig in.