Coming back into your routine after Thanksgiving can be a slow and dreadful process at times, depending on how far off the wagon you fell.

We gathered 7 quick ways to give your body (and your psyche) a sure jumpstart. Try following these tips for at least three days and 7 for more impactful and long lasting results

1) Hydrate: Most likely, your body is lacking water. Having to process extra sugars (which includes alcohol) and carbs in your diet takes a lot of fluids out of the body. Colder weather means drier air (inside and outside) which is another way to loose a lot of liquid on a daily basis. How much water should you drink to replenish what you’ve lost? It all depends on your body weight. To find your magic number check this chart.

Tip: Build your intake slowly by increasing the amount of water you drink every day until you hit your ideal number.

2) Sweat: The type of sweating we are talking about here is the one we recommend when people do The Candida Plan. Sweating will give your body a mighty jumpstart allowing it to dispose toxins in a rapid and efficient way. It’s also a great tool for relaxation and stress relief. If you’ve never tried sweating before this would be a great opportunity. There are various ways you can do it with specific timing recommendations for each method. See the guide here. Hot Yoga also known as “Bikram” Yoga is another way to sweat with the added exercise bonus.

3) Bowel Movements: Another major detoxification pathway is the toilette. Having daily regular bowel movements will decrease bloating and expedite the digestive process, alleviating the pain and overall sense of heaviness that comes with constipation. We highly recommend Trace Minerals to speed things up without causing irritation in the intestines, which is how most laxatives operate.

4) Physical Movement: Exercise in any form for at least 10 minutes or until you break some sweat, will aid your lymphatic system in clearing and draining toxins or waste. It’s also the best tool to reset emotions and moods into a more positive outlook.

Try walking or if you have to be indoors use your phone as your personal instructor. We love the app “sworkit”. It’s highly customizable not only for your level of fitness but also your environment.

5) Do not moralize your behavior:

In her book “The Willpower Instinct”, Dr. Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. talks about how moralizing a behavior makes us feel more ambivalent about it. “When you define a willpower challenge as something you should do to be a better person, you will automatically start to come up with arguments for why you shouldn’t do it.”

Dr. McGonigal further explains how when we impose rules on ourselves, from a moralizing or self-improvement point of view, the part of us that doesn’t want to be controlled takes a stand and digs its heels firmly in the ground.

The solution? Focus on your goals. Stop or change a behavior because of how it supports the direction you’ve chosen for your life or an area of your life.

“Giving into dessert, sleeping late, carrying a credit card balance – we use them to determine whether we are being good or bad. None of those things carries a true weight of sin or virtue. When we think about our willpower challenges in terms of moral terms, we get lost in self-judgments and lose sight of how those challenges will help us get what we want”, explains Dr. McGonigal.

6) Sugar: Sugar’s chemical composition is set for eliciting a repetitive response, which is one of the reasons why it always leaves you wanting more.

It also messes with your blood sugar levels, inviting mood and energy swings during the day, which make you more prone to go after sugary treats as a way to soothe yourself.

A great way to balance this rollercoaster is by following our Blood Sugar Protocol. It’s a very simple yet powerful way to give your body the ability to reset its glucose levels and return to a more stable mode. Mood and energy swings will become less regular, which will help tremendously in cutting down your intake of sugar through out the day.

7) Watch your Stress: Stress runs in the background of your emotions triggering automatic habitual responses that never make it to your conscious mind for approval or rejection. For most of us sugar is at the center of our reward and comfort system hence our first response when we feel anxious.

How to break this cycle? Observation. Watch what you do when you’re feeling stressed.

See if you can catch yourself before that third glass of wine and ask yourself this question: What’s my cue in this eating (or drinking) circuit? No judgment. Once you can name the trigger (or cue) you’ll have power over it.

Charles Duhigg explains this process in depth in his book “The Power of Habit”. “Most of the time these cravings emerge so gradually that we’re really not aware they exist, so we’re often blind to their influence. But as we associate cues with certain rewards, a subconscious craving emerges in our brains that start the habit loop spinning”.


In the depth


Dr. Jeffrey S. McCombs, DC, is founder of the McCombs Center for Health, the Candida Plan, the Candida Library, and author of LifeforceThe Everything Candida Book, and The Everything Guide to Autoimmune Diets. Check out our podcast, Candida Diet Tips Recipes, and Insights on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and Alexa Flash Briefings.

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