The beginning of the new year always seems like the right moment to start fresh in your life. After all, you’ve just spent the past several weeks feasting as though you were training for an amateur eating competition, and between the holidays, work, and your relationship, you’ve neglected your body and brain more than you’d like to admit. Whether you’d like to lose weight, clear your head, or simply decompress from the stresses of a long year, it’s time for a positive change, and one of the best ways to set yourself up for snowballing success is to invest in yourself with a detoxifying spa visit.
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Depending on your goals and how ambitious a traveler you are, you’ll be able to book personalized packages at spas anywhere from the eastern shore of Spain to the sunny sands of South Beach, Fla., where exquisite healthy meals and massages of all sorts are just a fraction of your daily program. You’ll also stretch, exercise, and have experts perform an array of wellness treatments to help you unwind, empty your mind, and prepare for a year of record accomplishments and achievements.
Up in the Indian Himalayas, you’ll find a yoga-centric spa spanning 24,000 square feet where you can cleanse yourself of toxins using ancient Hindu Ayurvedic remedies; in Thailand, you’ll find a surreal spa where impeccable cuisine is the calling card, with chefs creating remarkable dinners with the freshest local produce, meats, and herbs that leave you feeling revitalized and, somehow, smaller in mass by the time you leave. There are also programs that specialize in whipping you into shape and teaching you how to stay that way once you’re back home, giving it more of a boot camp feel.
A week or less might not be enough time to change gears for the new year, so consider booking a longer stay — that way, you’ll come back truly transformed and ready to tackle major objectives immediately. Many of the destinations we've found offer 10- and 14-day packages, and some will customize programs that extend to three weeks and beyond.
Let us know how your experience was at any of these spas in the comments section, and here’s to a happy, healthy, and harmonious new year!
Adeline Ramos is a freelance travel writer and critically acclaimed fine art film photographer based in New York City. Her photos have appeared in top international travel and culinary publications, and her wedding, portrait, and bridal photography has been featured on the most prominent wedding blogs in the world. See her work at YouLookLovelyPhotography.com and follow her on Twitter @_youlooklovely.
10 Vehicles We Can’t Wait to Drive in 2021
While much of the world seems as if it’s been halted by the pandemic, progress marches on in the automotive sphere. This year we should see an array of important all-new vehicles hitting the road, from a slew of tough electric trucks to some likely last-of-their-breed sports cars. Here’s just a sampling of some promising vehicles arriving soon:
What are the risks of consuming sugar?
Sugar is the general term for any of those sweet-tasting carbohydrates used in food. It’s a quick way to get some fuel for the body, but high-sugar consumption can lead to a lot of health problems and complications. These range from type 2 diabetes and heart disease to cancer and depression. The more sugar you eat, the harder it is to stop. Therefore, eating lots of sugar may only make you crave even more sugar.
What are some sugar-free foods?
There are foods with no sugar and foods with added sugar. Foods that have no added sugar include all meats and seafood (sugar-free protein powders too like Further Food Collagen), and all spices. Vegetables do not have added sugar, and when it comes to fruit, try to eat low glycemic fruits, like blueberries and coconuts. All nuts, seeds, legumes, and beans are a go. Whole grains like brown rice are safe to eat. Drink unsweetened beverages and water, and that includes condiments too.
Which foods should I avoid on a no-sugar diet?
You should avoid sugar products: brown sugar, corn syrup, honey, etc. Anything that tastes super sweet are probably high in sugar. You should also avoid refined flours, condiments with added sugar (check the labels), dried fruit, and any artificial sweeteners. Bananas and potatoes are particularly high in sugar, and be weary of most beverages.
What foods should I limit on a sugar-free diet?
Foods that you can eat but in limit in consumption are monk fruit, stevia, and dark chocolate. You should be careful with your high glycemic fruit consumption, meaning you should limit your consumption of fruits like mangoes and grapes. Finally, dairy products should be limited as well, specifically yogurt, cheese, and milk. Eggs and butter, however, do not need to be worried about when it comes to sugar!
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6 Online Wellness Retreats to Sign Up For Now
A wellness retreat is a great way to hit reset on your mental and physical health. But, with the COVID-19 travel restrictions still in place, you probably won’t be able to escape to your favorite healthy haven for a little R’n’R. But that doesn’t mean you have to totally forgo a transformational summer getaway.
Wellness destinations and practitioners around the world are redesigning their offerings so that would-be travelers can enjoy an effective wellness retreat in the comfort of their own homes. Whether you’re looking to improve your sleep, refocus your diet, do a detox, or extend your yoga practice, these six wellness retreats have been designed to improve your state of being this summer.
Photo: Courtesy of Pravassa
US-based Pravassa usually creates custom wellness-focused travel itineraries and immersive experiences for those who want to combine their love of travel with a focus on health. In response to the pandemic, though, the brand has launched an exclusive digital retreat series titled “Wander Home.”
There are five programs in the series, each designed to target different wellness goals. “Ground In” is an introduction to wellness fundamentals “Interdependence” is a more philosophical and spiritual retreat “Food Health” addresses healthy eating habits “Sound Sleep” is designed to help you get more better-quality rest and “Grief” will help participants get through tough times.
Each program will be offered at three different levels each one will have different durations, price points, and inclusions. The entry-level “Boutique” is a 48-hour retreat that includes recipes, video tutorials, and some meditation and movement. The mid-tier “Luxury” offers an extended 72-hour immersion that includes all the “Boutique” offerings, along with one-one-on calls with coaches, meal deliveries (within the US), and curated gift bags. If you’re looking to really make a go of it, the “Premium” 72-hour retreats come with all the above and accommodation in a private villa near your location (within the US), meals prepared by a private chef, and additional video tutorials.
“Boutique” US$95 / “Luxury” US$395 / “Premium” US$895
Photo: Courtesy of Escape Haven
This luxe hideaway, located on Canggu’s Echo Beach on the island of Bali, is taking its women-only wellness program online with an exclusive VIP coaching retreat. The digital escape will allow participants to enjoy the property’s most popular signature activities in the comfort of their own homes.
In the all-encompassing six-week retreat, you’ll be immersed in a range of wellness concepts, from nourishing recipes and stress management to sleep health and inspiring yoga classes. Each part will be delivered with high-quality videos, online classes, and downloadable worksheets. The program is structured as a basic six-module course, but you can add a seventh VIP coaching model at extra cost. No matter which retreat you choose, you’ll also have access to
USD$397 / USD$997 for VIP option
Photo: Courtesy of Chosen Experiences
CH Ō SEN
This Bali-based brand is known for its intensive resilience courses designed for high achievers. Now, to help people navigate the uncertainties of the pandemic, they’re making their resilience program more accessible by taking it online. The four-week program is designed to help participants improve their ability to overcome challenges, create a plan to optimize their lives, achieve better mental and physical health, and become effective decision-makers.
The course involves two weekly calls, daily challenges, nightly journaling, weekly exercises, and an hour of a week of informative reading. Along the way, you’ll delve into the neuroscience of resilience, psychology, the foundations of self-care, and physiology.
Photo: Courtesy of Oneworld Ayurveda
This popular Ayurvedic retreat in Bali has reinvented itself for the pandemic with its online “Ayurvedic Detox and Immune-Booster Programme” retreat, which focuses on developing health and wellness. Designed by the property’s team of doctors, chefs, and yoga teachers, the 7-day wellness retreat features daily yoga and meditation, 45 detoxing recipes, 5 cooking demonstrations, and a range of useful advice.
The program is available in two categories. The “Essential” program features all the above, while the “Premium” program also comes with two 24-minute consultations, dosha readings, and personalized guidance. The price of the retreats also includes the donation of a “survival basket” to local Balinese families.
Photo: Courtesy of 38ºN
This exclusive coaching academy usually runs programs at the swish Puente Romano Marbella hotel. You might not be able to get to the ritzy Spanish island right now, but you can certainly reap the benefits of a wellness retreat with these experts. The five-day “Prep & Protect” virtual retreat is delivered through a dedicated app and covers everything from workouts and stress management to nutritional advice, and guided meditations.
You’ll also get one coaching lesson each day, gain exclusive access to coaches Claire and James, and track your progress through worksheets and a journal. The best part? It’s free – you just have to register to participate.
Multiple dates through summer
Photo: Courtesy of Sparkle Well
The 21-day Cleanse & Renew by Sparkle Well is an easy step-by-step online guided program, which you can do anytime throughout the day. It includes daily inspiration and guidance, live weekly calls, daily well-researched lectures, suggested action plans, recipe guidelines as well as check-lists to understand your level of toxicity in your body, lifestyle and home. You don’t necessarily have to give up your morning coffee (although highly recommended). It’s a cleanse for oneself, home and lifestyle. Facilitated by Naturopath Sally Mathrick who is considered a pioneer in the detox and wellness field and sought-after by individuals, brands and companies for her expertise. She was a detox columnist for Australian Wellbeing magazine for several years and has consulted at retreats and wellness centers throughout Australia and Asia-Pacific.
The 20 Best New Year's Eve Celebrations
As the Christmas lights start to fade and the holiday season is coming to an end, there's still one final bash to send out 2012. With the New Year just around the corner, now's the time to make your New Year's resolutions, drink away the last year's regrets and celebrate starting all over again in 2013. From riotous street parties and fireworks extravaganzas, to marching bands and torchlight processions, here are 20 of the best New Year's Eve parties from around the world.
1. New York City
Few places rival the atmosphere of New Year's Eve in New York City, home to one of the night's most memorable events -- the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop. A custom dating back to 1907, the iconic ball -- a 12-foot glittering sphere weighing 11,875 pounds -- is dropped each year at the turn of midnight from a flagpole on top of One Times Square, as the square is blitzed with one ton of shimmering confetti.
One of the world's most electric New Year's Eve parties, Times Square draws in over a million revelers to countdown the seconds to the New Year, as well as being broadcast live to millions of viewers around the world. Celebrity music acts, an enthralling pyrotechnic lightshow and the popular New Year's Eve Wishing Wall, where partygoers can write down their hopes for the New Year, add to the festivities. If you prefer to escape the masses, book a table at one of the bars or restaurants overlooking the Square, or opt for a boat cruise from New York Harbor where you'll get a great view of the midnight fireworks set off from Liberty Island.
Paris lives up to its "city of lights" nickname come New Year's Eve, with fireworks dazzling the city streets and thousands of party-goers hitting the streets, bars and clubs to see in the Nouvelle Anné. In the heart of the city, the Eiffel Tower forms the centerpiece for a spectacular lightshow and fireworks display, and the surrounding Champs-Elysees area comes alive with a massive street party. Expect handfuls of popping papillotes (chocolates that set off like firecrackers when opened), lots of obligatory cheek kissing and gallons of France's most popular export -- Champagne.
For less-crowded celebrations, get a great view of the fireworks from the Montmartre artist district take a romantic boat cruise along the Seine or tuck into a decadent New Year's menu at the infamous Moulin Rouge.
One of the last capitals in Europe to see in the New Year, London pulls out all the stops for the biggest party of the year. Over 250,000 people cram along the boats and banks of the River Thames and its surrounding bars and restaurants for a prime view of the night's events. As the epic countdown begins and Big Ben strikes midnight, the city erupts in a dramatic 10-minute lightshow and firework display, set to a backdrop of the towering London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster.
Festivities don't end on New Year's Eve though -- a three-hour parade takes to the streets of central London on New Year's Day, with colorful floats, marching bands, costumed dancers and a procession of the Queen's horses.
One of the last places in the world to enter the New Year, New Year's Eve in Hawaii is sure to be a party worth waiting for. Bring in 2013 on the beach, with glittering fireworks displays illuminating the beachfronts at Aloha Tower, Waikiki and Ko Olina on Oahu Wailea, Hana and Manele Bay on Maui and Poipu Beach on Kauai. Beachside bars and clubs will be in full swing for the New Year, with theme nights, open-air music concerts and boat cruises all offering unique ways to party into the early hours.
With its snow-trimmed streets still aglow with festive illuminations and the city's famous Christmas markets transformed into New Year fairs, Vienna is an atmospheric place to spend New Year's Eve. Hundreds of thousands take to the streets of Vienna to witness the city's fireworks at the Wiener Prater fun fair, but the city also hosts over a vast number of balls, galas and concerts that bring a touch of old age elegance to the proceedings. If you can't get tickets to the glamorous "Grand Ball" at Hofburg Palace, take in a classical concert, Burlesque show or dinner party cruise along the Danube.
Be sure to save some energy for the day after, when a huge crowd gathers in front of the City Hall to watch the famous New Year's concert from the Vienna Philharmonic on a giant TV screen.
Photo credit: Andreas Perhab via Flickr.
Hosting more than half a million people, Melbourne's vibrant New Year's Eve celebrations feature two official fireworks displays, with celebrations starting off the evening in Yarra Park. The city's impressive midnight display showers the entire city with color, with rockets launched from rooftops around central Melbourne and the Victoria Harbour. There's plenty to do on New Year's Eve too -- music stages around the city host a variety of live acts carnival rides and sporting activities make up the family precinct in Yarra Park Federation Square hosts indigenous folk musicians and Brazilian samba dancers while street performers and celebrity appearances along the waterfront keep spirits high right up until midnight.
One of the world's first cities to celebrate the New Year, Sydney's fantastical New Year's Eve lightshow is renowned around the globe. The towering Sydney Harbour Bridge is the centerpiece for celebrations with two fireworks displays set off from river barges and rooftops, and elaborate pyrotechnic displays setting Sydney Harbour and the iconic Opera House on fire. The evening of entertainment includes aerial acrobatics, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking ceremony (said to cleanse the evil spirits of the past year) and an Acknowledgement of Country presentation, culminating in the magnificent Harbour of Light Parade™ -- a mass flotilla of illuminated boats choreographed throughout the harbor.
Photo credit: Rob Chandler via Flickr.
For an action-packed New Year's Eve, Whistler makes the perfect location to tick some winter adventures off your bucket list. Spend the day snowboarding or snowmobiling, check out the free Festival of Lights exhibit at Millennium Place, then hit the icy lakes for a moonlit ice skate to kick start the celebrations.
Whistler village hosts a number of New Year's Eve Events, with a roster of free entertainment, live music and arts in the conference center, and the village square getting in the party mood with fire dancers, DJs and an extravagant fireworks display at midnight. Alternatively, celebrate the New Year with a view, with dinner at on the summit of Blackcomb mountain where you'll be able to watch the fireworks from 6,000 feet (1,829 meters) above.
The Scottish capital is well known for hosting some of the liveliest New Year's Eve events in the world, celebrating with a massive four-day festival, known as "Hogmany." The centuries-old tradition brings crowds of 250,000 party-seekers to Edinburgh to take part in the famed events. A torchlight procession starts the proceedings, followed by a giant open-air Ceilidh (a traditional Celtic party) with live music and entertainment performed on stages around the city, and a huge concert and series of parties taking over the city for the big night. As midnight strikes, 4.5 tons of pyrotechnics set the Edinburgh skyline ablaze as the crowds slur the words to classic Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne." Hold off on the hangovers though, as New Year's Day hosts a number of fun events, from dry dog sledding across Holyrood Park to swimming in the ice-cold waters of Loony Dock.
10. Las Vegas
Nowhere on earth does nightlife like Las Vegas, and the biggest celebration of the year sees over 300,000 people descend on the party capital. The famed Las Vegas Strip is car-free and firework-friendly throughout the night, with live bands, pyrotechnic displays and laser-shows turning the area into a giant street party. Bars and nightclubs all over town will be turning up the volume (and the ticket prices) for some mammoth celebrations and famous music acts will be hitting the stage (The Killers, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pitbull and Calvin Harris are all on the bill for the 2013 celebration). Whether you're gambling away the past year's savings, smooching beneath Bellagio's famous dancing fountains or partying into the early hours in a haze of champagne cocktails, Vegas does its hard-partying reputation proud over the New Year.
Photo credit: Sky Island via Flickr.
America's theme park capital, Orlando, offers plenty of options for seeing in the New Year, with the city's legendary Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld all open until 1 a.m. on New Year's Day. Universal Citywalk hosts a huge New Year's event with live bands and the NYC Times Square ball drop showcased on large screens.
If you've got kids in tow for the New Year, few destinations are as perfect as Disney World Orlando, where daylong celebrations culminate in an explosive midnight fireworks display. Cirque du Soleil performances, dance parties, raining confetti and live entertainers will keep the whole family mesmerized as you await the final countdown.
Photo credit: terren in Virginia via Flickr.
12. New Orleans
Home to one of the nation's best New Year's Eve fireworks displays, a fiery kaleidoscope cascading over the Mississippi River, New Orleans erupts in festivities as the clock strikes midnight. The 15-minute-long spectacle might be the biggest event of the evening, along with the famous Fleur de Lis drop where, reminiscent of the Times Square Ball drop, an oversized object is dropped from the roof of the Jax Brewery on Jackson Square, but the night doesn't end there. Parties can go on until the sun comes up, with live music booming from the bars and clubs in the city's French Quarter and the streets still bustling in the early hours.
With more than one million people chanting the countdown to midnight and over 2,000 fireworks raining sparks over the city, New Year Eve is undoubtedly the event of the year in Berlin. The main event, a gigantic street party with live bands and a mind-boggling lightshow, has been a tradition since the fall of the infamous Berlin wall, and today the mammoth event is broadcast all over the world.
A 2km "party mile" stretches between the landmark Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) and the Siegessäule (Victory Column), with video screens, live music stages, party tents and refreshment stands transforming the historic city into a vibrant circus. Whether you opt for strutting your moves on the dance floor, munching Bratwurst and drinking German beer, or simply soaking up the party atmosphere, "Silvester" (New Year) is the liveliest time to be in the German capital.
With a mere four daylight hours over the Christmas season, the northernmost capital of the world has plenty of excuses to get the party started early for the New Year. Reykjavik's New Year's Eve celebrations traditionally kick off with evening mass at Reykjavik's Cathedral, before locals join forces around huge bonfires to play music, sing and dance as they countdown the end of 2012. As the clock strikes midnight, the city erupts with fireworks and huge crowds gather around landmarks like the Hallgrímskirkja church, Perlan (The Pearl) and Landakotskirkja church for an extravaganza that aims to rival the northern lights. It's after midnight that the city's renowned nightlife swings into action, with bars and clubs blaring long into the New Year.
Photo credit: Daniel Williams via Flickr.
15. Rio de Janeiro
The cultural capital of Brazil might be most famous for its riotous Carnival, but New Year's celebrations come a close second. Rio's famous Copacabana beach hosts the celebrations, with giant stages set up along the oceanfront, and an array of drum-heavy music, opulent Carnival-style costumes, traditional dance performances and fairground attractions keep revelers entertained through the evening hours.
Over two million people cram onto the beach, in a mass of white (the color said to bring good luck for the new year), drinking champagne, tossing handfuls of flowers into the ocean (a gift to Yemanja, Goddess of the seas) and dancing the samba until the main event. As the New Year is counted in, a procession of boats set off a torrent of vivid fireworks over the ocean.
16. Hong Kong
With its enormous fireworks display and pyrotechnic lightshow more electrifying each year, Hong Kong has firmly cemented its reputation for one of the world's best New Year's Eve celebrations. The events kick off in Hong Kong's Times Square shopping mall, where a replica ball drop takes place in homage to the famous NYC Times Square festivities. Over at the waterfront, a sparkling countdown is etched onto the night sky above Victoria Harbour, before the waterfront explodes in an extravagant fireworks display. Whether you're partying on a boat by the harbor or gazing up from a rooftop terrace, the HK$7 million spectacle is sure to incite gasps right up until its mindblowing finale -- a pyrotechnic dragon dancing across the skyline.
Photo credit: Bryan Allison via Flickr.
Spain's party capital will be saving the best for last, with restaurants, bars and nightclubs all holding special events for New Year's Eve. In the run up to midnight, huge street parties take over Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas and Plaza Reial, with crowds singing, popping champagne and counting down the seconds until the New Year. While there is no official fireworks display in Barcelona, a number of hotels and private parties along the waterfront brighten up the sky with their own displays.
Make sure you save some energy reserves for the first week of the New Year, too -- the spectacular Three Kings Parade brings colorful chariots, marching bands and torchlight processions to the city streets.
Toronto celebrates New Year's Eve in style, but the real spectacle is at the nearby Niagara Falls -- more than three million lights feature in the "Winter Festival of Light" and the midnight fireworks display is set against one of the world's most impressive backdrops.
If you prefer to stay in town, the main hub of New Year's celebrations is in Nathan Phillips Square, where a giant music concert, fireworks display and public countdown will bring in 2013.
Photo credit: Tania Liu via Flickr.
From the glitzy Thonglor district to the backpacker-haven of Khao San Road, every bar and nightclub in Bangkok will be heaving with revelers on December 31st, as the city's Thai and international populations come together to celebrate the New Year. The biggest event of the night is in CentralWorld Square, where crowds of several hundred thousand will be gathered for a spectacular light show and live concert. As well as the dramatic countdown to midnight, they'll be video screens projecting celebrations from around the world, a series of fireworks displays set off along the riverside and lively beer gardens lining the streets.
20. Cape Town
While New Year's Eve might hold the best parties, Cape Town's real festivities kick off on New Year's Day, when the "Kaapse klopse," or Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, hits the streets. Expect flamboyant parades and performances with thousands of traditional dancers, marching musicians and hoards of costumed Minstrels, in a celebration that dates back to the 19th-century slave trade (traditionally this was the one day of the year the slaves were given a day off). There's no need to wait until the 1st to start partying, though -- a number of New Year's Eve festivals, concerts and events will keep the city dancing well past the strike of midnight. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront hosts a music concert and midnight fireworks display the Victoria Falls New Year's Carnival includes a carnival-themed train, live music and plenty of entertainment and DJs in the Cape Quarter will keep the roofs raised well into the night.
The Three-Day Detox Plan Anyone Can Do
After a long winter of hibernation, the beginning of spring is the perfect time to detox your body. Detoxing does not have to be extreme. There is no need to subject your body to harsh cleansing programs that leave you exhausted and unable to go about your day. Detoxing should leave you feeling energized, refreshed, and glowing! This simple three-day detox plan will start you off on the right foot to feeling and looking your best this spring.
For the next three days, eliminate all sugars, alcohol, soda, processed food, grains, gluten, and animal products from your diet. In their place, enjoy green juices, smoothies, and plant-based meals. The only sweetener recommended for use is liquid stevia, which is all-natural, comes from a plant, and has zero glycemic impact. It is also very important to stay well hydrated by drinking water. Water is essential to help your body release toxins. The key is not to deprive your body but instead to flood it with nutrients to help it clean house.
Take a high quality probiotic supplement on an empty stomach with a glass of water, which will help replenish the beneficial bacteria in your gut and aid in digestion. Dr. Ohhira&rsquos Probiotics is a great brand and does not need to be refrigerated. Follow the probiotic with a glass of water with lemon juice. Lemon juice is highly alkalizing in the body and helps get your digestion going for the day.
Start your day with a green juice. The chlorophyll in greens oxygenates the body, which enables us to release stored toxins. Ideally this juice will be all greens, vegetables, and no fruit (except lemon). You can either make your own green juice at home or get one from your local pressed juice bar. A favorite combination is kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, and ginger, but you feel like you need more for breakfast, have a little low sugar fruit such as apple or blueberries.
Instead of a large lunch that takes tons of energy to digest, try having a nutrient-dense green smoothie instead. Green smoothies are an excellent way to pack a ton of nutrition into one glass. Your body can digest a smoothie much faster than a large meal, giving it plenty of time to focus on internal housekeeping!
Here are three delicious ideas for nutrient-dense green smoothies. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender, adjust the sweetness to taste, and enjoy!
If you find yourself hungry between lunch and dinner, try snacking on cut up raw vegetables such as cucumber slices, celery, bell peppers, or carrots. If you are very hungry, a quarter to a half of an avocado mashed with sea salt and lemon is also a delicious option.
Dinner should be the largest, most dense meal of the day. At the end of the day your body does not need as much energy to run around, allowing it to focus more on digesting. Also, the fast between dinner and the next day&rsquos breakfast is long enough to give your body time to process the meal. Begin each dinner with a large green salad. This can be as simple as mixed greens topped with herbs and raw vegetables. You can also add a quarter of an avocado for density. For a dressing, toss the salad with avocado, lemon juice, and liquid stevia, and it will form a nice creamy dressing without the need for oil. Another option is a massaged kale salad. Remove the ribs from a bunch of kale and rip the leaves into small pieces with your hands. Then massage the kale with a quarter of an avocado, some lemon juice, and liquid stevia until the kale is soft and wilted. Top the salad with any raw vegetables you like. Keep your main course simple and satisfying. Have a baked sweet potato or squash such as butternut or acorn. You could also have some cooked non-starchy vegetable such as lightly sautéed greens (use water not oil), roasted broccoli, or cauliflower.
Be kind to your body while you detox. Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, and treat yourself to a massage. You will feel refreshed and glowing!
Sara Jane Mercer is a holistic health coach and recipe developer who believes in living life the clean, pure, and simple way. Follow her on Twitter at @Sarajanemercer for recipes and healthy living tips.
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22 Tasty and Proven Detox Drinks That Will Help You Lose Weight
Juice is a healthy alternative to soda and other sweet drinks, isn’t it?
It can be: juice prepared at home using fresh fruits and vegetables is incredibly nutritious, especially if you prepare it as a smoothie. It can even help your body eliminate toxic substances. In contrast, store-bought juice is typically filled with harmful additives like sugar, preservatives, and flavoring agents.
What is a Detox?
Every day your body is exposed to toxins through the air you breathe, the foods you eat, and the thoughts you entertain.
Detoxification is the process by which your body naturally identifies, neutralizes, and eliminates these unhealthy substances.
Examples of toxins include high fructose corn syrup, sugar, processed foods, heavy metals, medications, pesticides, herbicides, and other household chemicals (1).
Toxins accumulate in your fat cells and stay there, where they can cause disease.
22 Detox Juice Recipes
If you don’t have a juice machine at home, simply use your blender to combine the ingredients, adding a bit of water if needed. Once well combined, use a fine mesh strainer to collect the fiber, which you can then add to baked goods in the future.
You can also keep the fiber in your juice to feed the good bacteria in your gut and help your liver eliminate toxins by absorbing bile.
1. Pomegranate, Lemon, and Pineapple
Pomegranates are naturally sweet and flavorful, making them a wonderful addition to any smoothie. Plus this fruit is high in anti-aging antioxidants as well as a treasure trove of vitamins and minerals. In fact, pomegranate contains more antioxidants than green tea (2).
Add a bit pineapple for your daily dose of bromelain and a bit of lemon to balance out of the sweetness of the other fruits.
2. Green Juice
Green juices are all the rage when it comes weight loss and healing diets. There are many recipes out there but this one is not only nutritious, it’s delicious.
Cucumbers, collard greens, and spinach supply iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, and cancer-fighting sulfur compounds while lemon supplies vitamin C, which helps your body absorb iron (3,4).
3. Green Smoothie
This recipe is similar to the one above, but instead of being juiced, the ingredients are blended together.
To get the right consistency, add 1 ½ cup of coconut water and add a few more fruits and vegetables. You can customize your smoothie to suit your taste.
Like any other item on this list, make sure to drink the juice the day you make it to ensure the best nutritional profile possible, as some nutrients die in the hours after being processed.
4. Spicy Green Juice
Unlike the two recipes above, this easy juice contains a touch of ginger, which fights inflammation and improves digestion (5).
Since most of the ingredients used are bitter and alkalinizing, feel free to add a bit of maple syrup to make it easier to swallow.
5. Lemon Water
If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of making fresh juice every day, this detox drink is just for you! A big part of detoxifying your system is to stay hydrated, so it’s important to drink water first thing in the morning to help your body flush out all the toxins it gathered overnight to be eliminated.
To give your water some flavor and make it more alkaline, squeeze half a lemon into a tall glass of water every morning and drink it on an empty stomach before breakfast.
6. Fruity Detox Water
While lemon is a great addition to water, there are plenty of ways to dress it up and make it even more appealing. This recipe is a great substitute to popular summer cocktails and sugary drinks.
Simply slice some kiwi fruit and strawberries and place them in a chilled carafe of water for a few hours. You can also add oranges, cherries, or mint to give it even more flair.
7. Beets, Carrot, and Ginger
This yummy juice helps keep you full in between meals, curbing your cravings and supporting your weight loss efforts.
All you need is some water, a large beetroot, two carrots, one small cucumber, and one small piece of ginger. Find the recipe here.
8. Fat-Burning Water
Vinegar isn’t exactly what most people think of when they hear “weight loss” but that’s the key ingredient in this detoxifying drink.
Apple cider vinegar helps prevent inflammation in your joints, alkalizes your body, and improves digestion. Combined with apple, cinnamon and lemon, you’ll barely taste the vinegar, so don’t be scared to it a try! If it’s still too strong, add a spoonful of honey.
9. Cucumber Detox Water
This simple water is perfect for anyone who can’t quite handle the acidity of lemon water. Simply combine the flavored water with a few slices of cucumber and a few mint leaves for a refreshing way to clear out toxins. More detailed instruction available here.
10. New Year Water
New Year’s is always a time for new habits and healthy changes, so it’s only natural that this recipe is named after this popular holiday.
To feel like a whole new person every morning, detox your body with this party mix of fruit. All you need is few raspberries, some slices of lemon, lime, and grapefruit as well as some cucumbers, pears, and a few mint leaves.
11. Festive Cocktail
This drink takes your New Year’s resolutions to a whole new level by providing a quick and simple way to eat your fruits and veggies every day. It’s so good that you can even serve it as a cocktail during your holiday parties.
Fresh, filling, and sweet, this juice will make you never want to reach for an unhealthy snack ever again.
12. Rainbow Juice
What’s better than tomato juice? A whole rainbow of savory vegetables! This garden cocktail contains so many healing foods that it’s like a multivitamin in a glass.
The only color missing in this lineup is purple, but blueberries don’t quite compliment the ingredients in this drink, so save them for the next recipe in this list.
13. Blackberry and Orange
For this drink, grab all your favorite berries and blend them with citrus fruits like oranges and tangerines. There’s no better way to pack on the antioxidants and vitamins than this delicious recipe. In the summer months, pour this juice in popsicle molds to a healthy snack!
14. Banana, Avocado, and Dates
Instead of heading over to the nearest drive-through for a quick on-the-go breakfast, make this smoothie in the morning and take it with you on your morning commute!
Chock-full of nutritious and filling ingredients, this drink will keep you full throughout the day while providing protein, calcium, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and potassium. Click here for the recipe.
15. Golden Detox Drink
Similar to golden milk, this turmeric-filled drink is spicy and healing. Other superfoods, like ginger and cayenne pepper also make an appearance in this recipe.
Turmeric helps relieve inflammation and kicks your metabolism into overdrive to help your body burn fat and release trapped toxins.
16. Blueberry Smoothie
This berry smoothie is a little more old school than the one above, replacing citrus fruits for the ever-classic banana. This makes the smoothie more thick and creamy.
Drink it on its own or sprinkle with toasted almonds and oats and combine with yogurt for a well-balanced breakfast.
17. Orange Juice
Unlike its name may lead you to believe, this recipe doesn’t contain any oranges, but the final result is a bright orange-colored juice.
This drink will help support your eyesight and improve your heart health with its high levels of carotenoids and quercetin (6). Find out how to make it here.
18. Watermelon Water
This yummy watermelon water is just right in terms of sweetness and flavor, but feel free to add honeydew or cantaloupe to make it even better!
19. Pineapple Spa Water
Feel like you’re on the beach, even in the winter by making this tropical detox water. For even better results, skip the sugar and just stick to the fruit! See the recipe here.
20. Pizza Drink
No, this isn’t a blended up pizza, it’s a combination of delicious pizza toppings is an easy-to-eat format.
Peppers supply carotenoids while tomatoes contain cancer-fighting lycopene to start your day on the right foot. Drink it after a workout to nourish your body and keep you in fat-burning mode! Find out how to make it here.
21. Spring Detox Drink
The key to the success of this yummy drink is flaxseed, a small but mighty seed full of fiber that also contains lignans, which feed your healthy gut bacteria . Lignans also play a role in preventing of hormone-associated cancers, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease (7).
22. Honey and Lemon Juice
Last, but not least, is one of the most quick and effective drinks on the planet. All you need is an inch of fresh grated ginger root, a teaspoon of honey, and a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Voilà ! A no-fuss way to get great detox results!
Ginger Green Citrus Smoothie
How’s your week going? It’s been lonely in the house with the big Christmas tree gone, but I have to admit… I’m sort of loving getting back in the daily grind. I thrive on routine! I’ve shot 10 recipes in only 4 days, which is complete madness. We’re talking 300 pictures and a whole mess of food. Who wants to come over and help eat it all? I have a cake with your name on it. But first, green things.
In between all the hustle, I whipped up a new green smoothie. I make smoothies a few times every week, usually recipes that I’ve already shared with you on my blog. But this week I felt inspired to try something new. New year, new week, new smoothie? Something like that. A little fruit here, a little spinach there. I love this ginger green smoothie so much that I have to share it with you. Like, I’m putting all of the other 9 new recipes on hold just so I can show you this smoothie. Am I completely insane?
First thing’s first. There are only 7 ingredients in this simple green smoothie! We’ll start with a frozen banana. I always have bananas in the freezer because they’re the secret to making super thick, creamy, ridiculously smooth…uh, smoothies. Sort of similar to ice cream. It’s miraculous. In case you haven’t tried it before, go grab a banana. Peel it, slice into chunks, and freeze. Your life is about to change.
We’ve also got an orange for flavor, some lemon for a little zip, apple for sweetness, and almond milk to thin things out. Feel free to use any milk you love, but I always opt for unsweetened vanilla almond milk in smoothies. Almond milk also keeps this smoothie dairy free, if that’s what you’re after!
Also: ginger. I love this stuff. I slice it up and add it to a pitcher of water along with cucumber and lemon slices. Sip it all day long. Talk about refreshing! Try it sometime. Ginger is also completely fantastic in smoothies, especially paired with a little citrus. Its feel-good, fresh flavor shines through and I think you’ll love it here!
Lastly, spinach. Just enough for a powerhouse nutrition punch, but not so much to make this smoothie taste like salad. There is so much flavor from the banana, orange, lemon, apple, and ginger that you won’t even notice the spinach, I swear.
This is a green smoothie for people who don’t like green smoothies.
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10 ways to celebrate the New Year at home with kids
Despite being one of the slowest years for all of us, we have hardly got any time to sit back, relax and enjoy with our kids. So, why not celebrate the New Year's eve at home with your kids with these easy ideas.
03 /10 Host a fancy dinner at home
Kids love to dress up. Ask your kids to get ready in their favourite dress and then have a fancy dinner in the comforts of your home. The dinner can be followed by a movie night or some board games.
04 /10 Have a family slumber party
Take out all the blankets in the living room, set up a tent, put on your kid's favourite movie and have a lazy party with some popcorn and cake.
05 /10 Create a bucket list
Though 2020 was full of terror and boredom, we are hoping 2021 will be full of adventures and joy. Sit with your kids and make a list of where all you will go on a family trip in 2021.
06 /10 Arrange for a playdate
With no school and evening games, kids have really been missing their friends. Why not call your kid's best friend and arrange for a play date at home!
07 /10 Have a dance party
So what if you can't go out? Turn your living room into a DJ floor and have a blast.
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