You don't have to starve yourself to detox. Picture: Instagram @tiffhall_xo
You don't have to starve yourself to detox. Picture: Instagram @tiffhall_xo

Tiffiny Hall’s full body detox revealed

Heading to Bali next holidays? Have a wedding coming up? Want to get summer ready now? For many, a detox is a quick way to drop some excess weight in time for an event. The thing is, our bodies already naturally detox.

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Our livers do a very good job of flushing toxins, breaking down fats and detoxifying chemicals. So for me, a detox is a great way to kick some bad eating habits and pave the way for a healthier and more permanent lifestyle change.

One of the biggest misconceptions of detoxing is going hungry - or hangry! Only being allowed to eat celery sticks, drink hot water, and fill up on cans of tuna is neither sustainable nor enjoyable.

If you want to kickstart a stronger, leaner and healthier you, you'll want to detox without starvation.

Here's how.

1. START THE DAY RIGHT

Get that kettle boiled and make yourself a hot water with fresh lemon first thing.

This detox classic improves digestion, supports your immune system, stimulates the elimination of toxins and alkalises your body.

It also helps rehydrate your body after a night's sleep.

2. GO GREEN

Once you've finished your hot water and lemon, supercharge your body's cleansing mode with a green smoothie.

Green fruit and veg are packed with fibre that'll help you stay regular and satisfied.

I whip up my Lean Green Smoothie (made from spinach, avocado, chia seeds and banana) on the reg, which is a detox must.

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Kick it like Tiff Hall. Picture: Instagram @tiffhall_xo
Kick it like Tiff Hall. Picture: Instagram @tiffhall_xo

 

3. MAKE YOUR OWN SNACKS

Don't be fooled. Cafe muffins and muesli slices are not that healthy.

The best way to avoid unnecessary sugar and midmorning hunger pains is to make your own snacks. And it doesn't have to be time-consuming or expensive (trust me, quick and easy is my cooking rule).

4. DON'T BE AFRAID TO SNACK

Starvation doesn't equal cleansing. So, just because you're on a detox doesn't mean you can't eat if you're hungry - I think that's one of the biggest misconceptions.

You're detoxing from toxins, chemicals and processed sugars, not food! Remember, deprivation often leads to bingeing.

5. GET MOVING

When a food craving hits, try going for a walk or smashing out a workout. Exercise will help take your mind off the craving and the natural release of endorphins will keep you focused and motivated. You don't have to work out for hours either.

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6. EAT REAL FOOD

Eating whole, unprocessed foods is an easy way to avoid going hungry. Swap frozen diet meals for fresh veggies and lean meats.

My TIFFXO meal plan is packed with recipes that are not only delicious but are made with protein and healthy carbs to help keep you full. It also caters for vegetarians and most food intolerances so you'll never feel deprived.

7. ADD SPICE

If you can't keep those sugar cravings at bay, try adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom to your cooking. They'll help balance your blood sugar and reduce sugar cravings.

8. DRINK UP

It goes without saying you must stay hydrated during any detox.

Sip on water in between meals, with meals, during exercise and especially when you wake up. Drinking water helps your body to flush toxins, aids digestion and keeps you feeling full for longer.

Don't be afraid to pimp up your water too. Lemon, lime and orange slices, cucumber and fresh mint complement any water bottle.

- Tiffiny Hall is a fitness expert, founder of tiffxo.com and writer for Body+Soul

- This story originally appeared on body+soul.com.au and is reproduced with permission


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