If you haven’t already started indulging in festive merriment, then now could be the time for a little pre-party cleanse for mind, body and soul to really make this Christmas a happy, healthy, joyful one all round.
Chances are that by December, with the cold weather and the short days, we’re all showing a few signs of needing that little bit of extra TLC. Key indicators are poor skin tone, bad breath, sluggishness in the morning, headaches and insomnia.
Contrary to Internet belief, a detox doesn’t have to mean dining out on green veg and nothing else for a week, it’s more about giving your body a chance to recover from any over-indulgence and letting it repair itself. Of course you can opt into whatever level of intensity you want, but the idea of starting the New Year hangover free may have some appeal.
Detoxing before a period of indulgence is all about giving the liver and digestive organs a chance to regenerate so that they can cope better with the onslaught of rich food, alcohol and less sleep. You see, we are less able to tolerate alcohol when the liver is not working as well as it should, so it will come back fighting and working more efficiently if a cleanse is done beforehand.
It also has the added benefit of making you feel pretty wonderful, which will then affect your decision making processes during the indulgence period over Christmas. After all, the best dietary decisions tend to be made when we feel good about ourselves, so in a way, it’s a recipe for much longer term wellbeing.
Once you have established that feel-good factor, one way to limit the impact of Christmas re-tox is to adopt the 80/20 rule (also a generally good rule for life). Eat well and avoid junk food and alcohol for the few days leading up to Christmas and then allow Christmas Day and Boxing Day to be the 20% when you eat and drink whatever you fancy.
Or in other words, be good five days a week and ‘cheat’ two days a week – invariably the weekend although that may change with Christmas parties in our midst!
To help you along your pre-Christmas detox breaks, here are a few spa recommendations…
In these beautiful surroundings, arrive for a leisurely midday start with a decadent 90 minutes of Teatox Indulgence including a body wrap, body massage and facial, followed by afternoon tea (because a little decadence does everyone the world of good) in the Evergreen Spa.
In these blissful surroundings in Somerset, the Rookery Retreat and Spa offers an invigorating Elemis Lime and Ginger Salt Glow (because a scrub stimulates your largest detox organ – the skin) and a Elemis Cellutox Full Body Massage followed by a smoothie and full use of facilities.
For an all-singing, all dancing detox, the revered spa hotel Chewton Glen offer a nurturing four night, five-day health break including accommodation in a Treehouse Suite (which really is a touch of luxury without any calories), a one-day juice cleanse, followed by additional days involving an alkaline breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Three private sessions with a choice of personal training, Nordic walking, yoga or Pilates, or a sauna and steam room experience. Then choose one of three treatments from a Natura Bissé Zest and Zen Ritual, Chewton Glen’s Balance Wrap or a one-hour treatment of your choice. You also receive home care advice, full use of the spa and leisure facilities a welcome gift and a daily greatness journal for all round feel-good factor.