After all the excess in December, January is the perfect time for National Detox Month and a great start for your New Year resolutions.
Local fitness and health expert Julia Willmott has some amazing advice to help you do it safely.
“We are all guilty of over-indulging during the party season, it’s a chance to let your hair down and spend time with family and socialise with friends.
The only problem is, eating rich foods and drinking more alcohol than you are used to can take its toll on your energy levels, as well as your waistline.
Being pre-menopausal, each January I go on a hormone reset diet. I eliminate one thing at a time – first it might be caffeine, then sugar, followed by gluten and dairy for example. I make sure I have an abundance of colourful veg, delicious seafood, nuts and seeds, so I don’t feel as though I’m denying myself anything. For me personally, sugar has a big impact, so cutting it out significantly improves my sleep patterns, my skin, mood, energy levels and weight management”
Julia recommends these Top 5 Foods and Drinks that we should add into our diet this month.
- Water should always be at the top of the list to aid digestion.
- Omega-3 foods, like avocado and olive oil.
- Green Tea, which helps boost your liver function.
- Lemon – add some to a glass of water to get your day started.
- Beetroot – these are full of vitamins B3, B6, C and beta-carotene.
One final piece of advice Julia has, so you don’t undo all your hard work once February comes around:
“Use this time to up your water intake and rehydrate your body and try to continue this into February. Remember that it takes 30 days to form a new habit and this is a great one to add to your toolbox to fight weight gain.
Julia runs Pilates classes and Retreats in the Petersfield area.
Her next Retreat covers Fitness & Health for Peri Menopause & Beyond and is at Langrish House Hotel on Sunday 19th March 2017.
For more details go to www.juliawillmott.com