Tons of bloggers make lists of their “lust” items and their “must” items. Well this weekend, I have a “must.” I need to detox, both mentally and physically. I’ve have an exhausting two weeks (which is probably fairly evident by the lack of posting on here) and I just need to clean out my system. I don’t really have the luxury of going on a spa retreat, that would be a “lust” so here’s a few things I’m planning on doing this weekend to put my body back on track and get my mind ready for the upcoming week of midterms.
1. Drink lots of water. With the cold weather, I have a really hard time drinking water and staying hydrated. I’d so much rather have a hot tea or a coffee to battle the brisk cold, but I’ve been waking up really thirsty, and I feel like my brain and mood is suffering because of it.
Detox Water from Blogilates.com
This water looks delicious and fully of flavor, plus the cucumbers, oranges and lemons all help to eliminate toxins that have built up. Blogilates explains more here about what each component of this detox water does to help clean out your system The important thing to remember if you decide to make your own detox water is to buy the organic versions. Pesticides and other chemicals build up on the peels of these fruits and vegetables and you’re trying to eliminate toxins, not put more in.
I’m planning to start each morning with two glasses of this water, before any coffee or breakfast, and to continue drinking it throughout the day.
2. Warm salads. It’s cold, so I’ve been really drawn to comfort foods. Asian stir-frys, although I’m making them at home, they’re still higher in sodium than I’d like and don’t leave me with a good, clean feelings. Same goes for all of those substituted comfort foods like butternut squash mac and cheese or zucchini lasagna. I just don’t end up with the same fresh feeling that I do have a beautiful, colorful fresh salad.
The issue I have though, is that it’s cold, so I don’t want salad. The way I’m going to get around this is by making warm salads. By using whole grains like quinoa, farro and bulgur as a base, you can throw just about any fruits, vegetables, legumes in that you want and end up with a super healthy, detoxing meal.
This Farro Salad with Winter Fruit Pistachios and Ginger from Foodandwine.com looks right up my alley!
3. Running and yoga. Last weekend was gorgeous, at least by winter standards. Sunny, slightly breezy and warm: the perfect conditions for outside exercise. This week, after some unfortunate shin splints from trying to run in healed boots (high recommend never doing this) and some unfortunate weather (when is the snow going to stop!?) I just couldn’t get to the gym. I’m planning to go for three four-mile runs this weekend, and do at least two sessions of at-home yoga to get myself back on track.
So, how do you detox when you’re just not feeling right? I’d love to add more to my weekend detoxing!