Hanukkah is nearly over, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably reached a point where you can’t even look at another donut. Indulging in piles of crispy latkes and pillowy doughnuts may seem like a dream come true, but the huge amounts of saturated fats and salty, sugary carbs are your digestive system’s nightmare (although possibly your cardiologist’s dream…).
If you’re feeling sluggish after a full week of Hanukkah food, you need our post-Hanukkah winter detox. It’s time to ditch those donuts for something lighter, fresher, and healthier, and start feeling great!
These are our top tips for detoxing and feeling good this winter:
Experts recommend chugging down at least two liters (a little over four pints) of water every day: being fully hydrated keeps your skin plumped up, clear, and healthy, helps your brain work to full capacity, and helps flush toxins out your body. (Contrary to popular belief, you need to drink this much in winter too – central heating can dry you out just as much as too much sun.)
Stick to Soups
Warming, nourishing, and delicious, soups are a fantastic way to detox after the party season! There are a few reasons:
- Liquid-based foods help you stay hydrated.
- When you cook certain vegetables, their nutrients seep out into the water. With soup, you eat the “cooking water” so you reap the full benefits of your food.
- If you want to cut back on calories and lose some weight, soup is perfect: vegetables are rich in filling fiber, liquid makes you feel full, and you can make a full pot of dairy-free soup with just a couple of spoons of olive oil.
Try our warming lentil soup for a tasty winter dinner!
Walk it Off
We love Hanukkah food, but I’m starting to feel like one of the soft, puffy donuts we’ve had in the office! It’s time to brave the cold and walk it off. Even a brisk 20-minute walk three times a week has been proven to have amazing health benefits and is the perfect way to snap out of your holiday lethargy.
Cut the Caffeine
Be honest, how many donuts did you have? And how many of those did you have with a big cup of coffee? A couple of cups a day is ok, but avoid overindulging in caffeine – it can interfere with your sleep and attention span.