Healthy Living: How to make your New Year detox last

Having a smoothie for breakfast is a good way of ensuring you stick to your new year healthy eating plans

Having a smoothie for breakfast is a good way of ensuring you stick to your new year healthy eating plans

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The start of the year is the most popular time for healthy resolutions, although quite often our meaningful goals are forgotten within weeks and we sink back into our old ways.

This doesn’t have to be the case, with a few easy tips you can stick to your resolutions and make this your healthiest year yet.

Start small

Cutting carbs, avoiding sugar and giving up caffeine and alcohol is a challenge for anyone.

Begin with small steps and increase them when you feel comfortable.

By setting achievable goals you are more likely to stay motivated rather than quitting soon after you begin.

Introduce small changes such as:

Reducing caffeine to one cup a day.

Eating different vegetables with each meal.

Only drinking water during the day.

Walking for 30 minutes in the evening.

Saving desserts for the weekend.

Having a smoothie for breakfast.

Starting a weekly exercise class with a friend.

Making three meat-free dinners a week.

Snacking on fruit and vegetables instead of sweet treats.

Going for a family bike ride or swim at the weekend.

Rest

Sleep is crucial for good health, it allows the body time to heal and rests the mind in preparation for the next day.

Aim to get at least eight hours a night, go to bed and wake up at the same time and avoid eating, drinking or using technology too close to bedtime.

Care for yourself

Leading a healthy lifestyle is not down to diet alone.

It’s important to keep your mind active, care for your body and most importantly feel happy.

Take time out for yourself and include some of these in your daily routine.

Keep a journal and record everything that makes you happy.

Have a bath, read a book or listen to relaxing music before bed.

Dry body brush before you shower to stimulate circulation and release toxins.

Indulge in a long walk alone and appreciate the silence.

Try yoga or Pilates to tone your body and stimulate your mind.

Have a technology free hour each day.

Improve your posture to reduce anxiety and gain confidence.

Moisturise your hair and body with natural coconut oil.

Smile more – it will send signals to your brain and make you feel happier.

Treat yourself to something that feels good – a massage, new haircut or indulgent mug of hot chocolate.

Think ahead

Think of your detox as a lifestyle change rather than another diet.

Begin each day by visualising your future self and do something to work towards that image.

If you feel as though you’re slipping back into your old ways, remind yourself who you want to be and aim towards that image.

It may not be easy, but with a little effort you can easily achieve your goals.