Anyone that reads my blog or follows me on social media will be aware that I’ve been staying in Naples, Italy for the past month. I’m coming to the end of my trip (I'm flying back to London on Friday) and although I’ve really enjoyed my time here, I feel like I really need to be home for a while.
My body has taken a bit of a battering while I’ve been here. My skin is terrible. It’s dry, dull and spotty. I’m always feeling tired and sluggish, and I’ve been pretty moody lately.
A month back at home (I’m off to Malta for 3 months in December) is exactly what I need to get my health back in order with a detox and fresh start. Of course you can always live a healthy life while travelling, but sometimes you’re surrounded by temptations, which are numerous in Italy with the amazing pizza, pasta, pastries and gelato, and you don’t always have the tools or encouragement of your family and friends.
I did a bit of reading on how to detox naturally (I’m not a fan of all those crazy wraps and supplements) and here are a few ways to detox naturally after travelling.
I thought I’d start with the most obvious one. I am so bad at drinking water, or anything for that matter. I just seem to struggle so much with this pretty simple action. I need a little person in my brain to tell me I’m thirsty and to drink!
We should generally (I say generally because everyone is different) drink around 2 litres of water a day. Drinking a good amount of water flushes our system of toxins and this has so many great benefits to our health. We might pee more often than usual but to me that’s a small price to pay for clear skin, fully functioning organs and a healthy digestive and circulatory system.
While I’ve been here I haven’t eaten near the amount of fibre that I should be. I haven’t had my plate half filled with veggies and I’ve been eating white pasta, white bread and white rice, which is terrible for your health.
Fibre keeps the digestive system working and helps get rid of any toxins and excessive waste from the digestive tract- the things that leave us bloated and tired. Eating more whole fruits, vegetables and whole grains such as oats, quinoa and brown rice are the best ways to get natural fibre into your diet.
Green tea is a super-beverage. It’s well known for helping people who are on a weight loss journey, but its benefits go way beyond that.
Green tea is packed with antioxidants that fight off infections and diseases. Drinking green tea also helps speed up liver activity. It contains a substance called Catechin which is a flavonoid (compounds known for their antioxidant properties) and this encourages the production of detoxifying enzymes.
Personally, I find the taste of plain green tea to be a bit harsh, but now there are so many different green tea fusions such as lemon and raspberry (my favourite) that I will definitely be including more green tea in my diet.
It’s no secret that sweating it out with a good workout is a great way to detox, and before I left for my travels I had a gym membership and tried to go at least 3 times a week. Apart from the odd walk, I’ve done no exercise while in Naples. While I’m away I use Youtube for workout videos or printouts but I’ve had limited internet here so I couldn’t use my usual workout channels and all I’ve had to workout on is a solid, tiled floor, so I've been pretty unmotivated.
Yoga hits 2 birds with one stone when it comes to cleansing. As well as being great for exercise and sweating out those toxins, it also works as a great mind cleanser with its meditative properties. The breathing exercises performed in yoga encourage you to breathe in cleansing, fresh oxygen and breathe out toxins, and the stretches go deep into the muscles, like a massage would. Yoga really helps destress and clear the mind, giving you a chance to re-charge.
I’ll definitely be making yoga part of my life. Another plus is that you can do yoga standing, so even if we do have a hard floor and no mat to work with like I did, we have no excuses!
Being in Italy, the only superfood I’ve been eating a lot of lately is tomato, but it’s always been accompanied by something unhealthy and it really isn’t enough.
Superfoods contain loads of antioxidants needed to fight off infections and substances that are harmful to our immune systems. Foods that contain omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, olive oil, flax seeds, avocados and almonds are all superfoods.
Bright, colourful fruits and veggies like blueberries, spinach, sweet potatoes, raspberries, oranges, kale, aubergines and squash are also superfoods. The dark hues in their colour indicate that they're packed with antioxidants. I love most of these foods and we all need a bit of colour in our lives, so we should be filling our plates with these yummy superfoods!
Although Christmas is approaching, I still think this is a better time than any to give myself a good cleanse and refresh. I don't want to get in that mindset where I tell myself "oh it's Chrsitmas so it doesn't matter, there's no point" because then I'll always have an excuse. It's new year, it's Easter, it's my birthday, and so on. I want to get myself to a place where I make the right choices over the holidays and I've adopted the right habits, ready for my next adventure in Malta. Unhealthy habits have definitely taken their toll on me and I'm excited and determined to get myself back to a healthy place both physically and mentally.
When you're travelling or on holiday, it's so easy to be tempted by all the yummy sweet treats and foods and that's OK, you're experiencing something new, enjoy yourself. Just remember not to make a habit of eating unhealthily or slacking with your work routine and give yourself a little refresh when you get home!
What tips do you have for re-vamping your health after a trip away?
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