THE ONE-DAY CLEANSE TO GET YOU THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

By Rhian
PHOTO: INA PETERS/STOCKSY

This one day cleanse is the perfect boost to get you through the holidays. Based loosely on Intermittent Fasting, it can help regulate blood sugar, reset you during a period of over indulgence, aid digestion and help with appetite control. Do this super easy boost as a one day top up or alternatively, choose to do it once a week for up to 6 weeks to help you stay energised and in control over the holiday season.

Upon Rising

1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar in water

Workout on an Empty Stomach

Intermittent fasting is a great way to boost energy, mood and can have a positive effect on insulin balance. But you don’t need to do the full on 5:2 to reap the benefits. 16 Hours between your dinner and breakfast is enough to mimic the results of a gentle fast, and exercising during that time can enhance the effect (it’s essential to stay hydrated, especially if you aren’t used to this). If you can’t make it the whole 16 don’t worry, a ‘fasted’ workout and slightly later breakfast can be extremely helpful.

Post Workout

1.5 L water with 1/8 tsp cayenne and the juice of 1 lemon. Sip until lunch. Avoid coffee and drink green tea if needed.

Lunch & Dinner

Lunch & dinner can be interchanged, so if you can’t meal prep just pick whichever is best for your schedule and lifestyle. Aim to slightly under-fill your plate and ensure you make an effort to chew more than normal.

  • Alkaline Infusion or Urban Detox smoothie from EK are the perfect breaks for an IF – it has essential fats, fibre, protein and nutrients and will replenish glutathione.
  • Baked Sweet potato, cooked greens & steamed chicken, salmon or 2 organic eggs. 1 tbsp olive oil.
  • Green soup: You can whip this up in a heartbeat: 1/2 cup peas, 1 bunch parsley, 2 cups veggie broth, 5 asparagus sprigs, 2 handfuls spinach, salt, pepper and 1 tsp olive oil. Simmer everything except the parsley on high for 5 minutes. Transfer to your blender, add parsley and a splash of lemon. Blend and enjoy!
  • 1 cup cooked legumes (lentils, beans) with cooked veg of choice.
Post-Meal

1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar in water

No supplements needed! However if you have a probiotic & B Complex it will help balance your system. Take upon rising.

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