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Back to Basics after Vacation

July 25, 2013 4 min read

Hello everyone :) It has been a while since my last post, I was enjoying every moment of my vacation and disconnected a bit from techonology & blogging. I celebrated my birthday while away and indulged a bit more than usual. image After almost three weeks vacation I am happy to be back and ready to get back into the swing of things! Have you ever come back from vacation feeling as if you needed a full body detox ? As if you want to dive face first into a plate of greens and vegetables? Indulgence from time to come can be a good thing, but I know that after vacation my body typically feels neglected and craves vegetables and nutrients more than ever. I figure there was no better time to talk about getting back on track, cleaning up your already existing diet, and cleaning the body out naturally than right now since I am currently in the process of getting back to the basics of my normal diet post vaca. Below are a few practices I follow strictly when arriving home from a trip to get myself back to looking and feeling 100 percent.

Cut back on caffeine

I minimize or eliminate caffeine for a week post vaca to allow the body to adjust back to normal and avoid my adrenal gland to be in over drive ;)

Cut out carbonated drinks

Drink lots of Water with lemon/lime to hydrate and flush out toxins and any water retention you may be suffering. I am also a fan of herbal or oolong tea, both of which have great health benefits and can be sweetened with a touch of stevia to make a great dessert tea.

Up fibre intake

Amp up your fiber intake to get things moving ;) I am a huge fan of daily cleanse imageimage Daily cleanse is all-natural,complete fibre formula that also provides healthy probiotics. I am a huge fan that it is dairy, gluten and soy free. One serving offers 14 grams of fibre!

Smoothies/Juices

We all know smoothies and juices are great ways to squeeze in nutrients. Make a goal to have one green smoothie or juice a day. It doesn't have to be fancy. Simple ingredients like water,spinach,kale, celery, and apple make a perfect green juice. You will be bursting with energy and naturally cleansing the body. image Other favourites include: - Almond milk, frozen banana, spinach, vanilla protein powder - Water, cucumber, celery, spinach, lemon or lime juice (or omit the lemon/lime and add in melon, pineapple, or fruit of choice to sweeten)

Supplements

Probiotic/digestive enzyme image image Supplements are important to keeping the body in check. My top must have supplements include a probiotic and digestive enzyme. I also take a multi vitamin and a iron supplement (since I struggle to keep my iron levels up to par).

Cut out gluten/dairy (optional)

I personally feel my best when I avoid gluten and dairy, however everyone is different. Dairy and gluten have been linked to stomach bloating and other health issues, I could easily get into a lengthy discussion as to why its best to minimize these foods, but that is for another day. Opt for brown/wild rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, millet, over breads, pastas and cereals. For dairy substitutes almond milk is fantastic, nutritional yeast makes a great cheese substitute and offers a protein punch, and fresh fruit or frozen banana can be made into a homemade sorbet rather than ice cream ;).

Nothing processed

Enough said.

Veggies veggies veggies

Enough said. Fuel your tank with only the best :)

Food prep

Keep it simple. Put on a pot of rice while your preparing breakfast, bake a batch of sweet potatoes while your watching tv, bake chicken/tempeh/fish in advance to have on hand for simple reheating to add to meals. Pre wash produce, chop and add to large containers so when your hungry the work is already done. Below are some favourites that never seem to get old. These super fast meals are clean,detoxifying, easy and belly fat blasting. They may not be fancy, but they offer the nutrients our bodies need. Oatmeal, protein powder, banana, nut butter (I buy gluten free quick oats from bulk barn they are amazing!) image Sweet potato, baked tempeh, salad image Salad, tempeh, quinoa & wild rice blend image Sautéed greens with garlic and spices, egg white omelet, sweet potato image Baked beans with spices, brown rice, avocado image Quinoa & salad image BBQ'd salmon, BBQ'd sweet potato, salad image I hope these tips come in handy if you are looking to clean up your diet, cleanse or simply switch it up. Remember, nothing happens over night, but minor changes eventually lead to big gains and improvements in your overall goals. I believe in you and KNOW you can succeed in your fitness and nutrition goals. Each passing day will get easier and you will develop lasting habits to your healthy lifestyle. As always, thank you for reading and feel free to ask any questions. Cheers :) Yolande

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