Feeling frumpy and in a rut? Unhappy with the way you’ve been treating your body these past few weeks? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to go from drab to fab and regain your Body Incredible in time for that important Chrissie party ..
1. Clean Out Your Colon
It sure doesn’t sound glamorous, but having a sparkling intestinal system will ensure you feel light around the stomach, you don’t have to walk around all night with your guts sucked up into your lungs, and you have energy to burn. Having trouble getting things moving? Try this:
- 2 warm glasses of water with freshly squeezed lemon, first thing in the morning
- Lie on your back and pull your knees into your chest. If you can, grip each opposite wrist and hug your legs in close. The pressure on your colon will force, ahem, movement.
- Eat some good fats. Sure, we’ve all heard about fibre for intestinal health, but did you know that good fats such as avocado, extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil can also get things moving? Consume a little fat with each meal.
- Organic sea salt. If things are really backed up, add a tablespoon of organic sea salt to a litre of tepid water. Sip consistently over a 10-minute period and stay close to a bathroom!
2. Shake Things Up A Little
It’s hard to feel fab when you’ve been sitting on your butt and snacking all day. Put some sparkle in your cheeks with a mini-workout even if you don’t have time for a full gym session. This could be as simple as running up and down the stairs for 5 minutes, doing 100 star jumps on the spot before you have your shower, or sprint-walking home rather than catching public transport. Elevating your heart rate for as little as 5 minutes can raise your resting metabolic rate for several hours, put you in a happy mood, clear your mind, give you a healthy glow, and send oxygen to your muscles to pump you up for an all-night dance-a-thon.
3. Get Some Sleep
Parties, alcohol, indulgent food, late nights out, it all takes it’s toll. And I’ll bet you’re not prepared to give up all of that stuff. But if you’re going to make just one allowance to feeling healthy and fabulous, make it getting enough zzzzd’s. Research by Bent Formby and T.S. Wiley in their book ‘Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival’ shows that a lack of sleep can not only make you feel awful, but trigger sugar cravings, carbohydrate addiction, obesity, diabetes and even heart disease. If that all sounds a bit too big picture, think about this – isn’t it true that you lean more heavily on the refined foods when you’re tired? That willpower to resist that extra drink or 5 is diminished? That you’re just too tired to hit the gym? Make time for sleep and you’ll feel fabulous in, well, as little as 8 hours. Or maybe less – try a caffeine nap throughout the day if you can’t manage enough night-time sleep. (This really works!)
What do you do to help enhance your fabulous-ness pre-party?
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