Why You Don't Need To Detox After The Holidays

With the holidays behind us and the new year still to come, chances are your body isn't in tip-top shape and you might be feeling sluggish. And that's ok! With all the tasty appetizers, late meals, fancy drinks, and sugary treats it's easy to slide into one festive meal after another.

At this point you might be thinking, "I should do a mini reset, like a simple detox to start fresh." Or if you're not thinking it, maybe you're anticipating I will say it. Spoiler alert: I'm not.

So, why is a detox not ideal post holidays?

It's the middle of winter, our bodies need consistent nourishment and consistency with food, movement, socializing, and sleep to stay warm and stable. Going into a detox now would take a lot of energy and self-control to follow through. Winter is a time for presence, reflection, and renewal. So ideally, diving head first into a detox is best during spring and fall to be in unison with nature, when things naturally change.

Detoxing after the holidays implies that the holidays are toxic; they're not. This swinging of the pendulum from super indulgent to super healthy messes with your metabolism and cravings. Food during this time of the year is important and is meant to be shared with loved ones to celebrate. Introducing themes of shame and stress after you've enjoyed yourself is a real downer and unnecessary.

Thinking you need a detox is also not helpful for your mental health. This mindset looks too much at the past in terms of what you did "wrong" or "how you weren't making healthy decisions." Or that "food is bad." Keep nutrition in perspective, what you ate over the holidays is probably not that much worse than what you usually eat. Remove the guilt and shift your mindset.

The good news about all of this is your body doesn't need a restrictive diet or an influx of hours at the gym to "get back on track." More than anything, it craves gentle ways to feel vibrant and alive after a shift in your typical wellness routine.

Ease back into balance with these feel-good habits.

  • Sip warm water before coffee and breakfast

  • Essential oil belly rubs for bloated tummies with peppermint

  • Try a yogurt, honey, lemon juice homemade facemask

  • Eat leftover sugary treats with lunch to best digest and enjoy

  • Sauna or epsom salt bath to rest and relax

  • Go outside and walk

  • Eat a light, easy to digest dinner

  • Get cozy in bed by 9:30pm

  • Reach out to a loved one who was in quarantine or solo during the holidays