em>This post is sponsored by Plum Vida. Products featured on Feed Me Phoebe are few and far between, and as with all opinions on this site, I only give my endorsement when genuine!
Detox tips are a dime a dozen come January 1st, as people hunker down to abide by the new health rules they’ve set for themselves. It’s an inspiring time of self-motivation to turn over a new leaf and make use of those Lulu Lemon spandex unwrapped in December. But even with the best of intentions and a glass half full attitude, it’s hard not to ignore the reality that sooner or later you’ll fall off the wagon. So what happens then?
As I mentioned last week, the detox theme of this month’s wellness challenge (giving up alcohol, sugar and caffeine) is not just about how to do right by your liver. It’s also about how to refresh your re-tox routine for the year ahead.
Giving up alcohol for a month is as much an emotional experiment as it is a physical one. And it’s for this reason that I want to dedicate an equal amount of airtime to how to booze better going forward. Though going without these things is it’s own brand of hell, finding moderation thereafter seems to be an even more elusive and difficult goal.
For this section of the challenge, I’m partnering with Plum Organics to give you some ideas on how to find healthier ways to let loose and play (including how to refresh your cocktail routine!). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand (as those of you without small children, might not be), Plum Organics is a leading organic baby and kids food company. Their motto is that you wouldn’t feed your little ones anything you wouldn’t feed yourself. And they’re now putting their money (and kale-pear purees) where their mouth is with the launch of Plum Vida, a new line of adult fruit and veggie pouches for on-the-go healthy snacking.
Giving up added sugar this month turned my snacking and breakfast routine on its head. And it made me reevaluate my relationship with green juice, since I realized how much sugar I was blasting into my bloodstream without the necessary fiber to metabolize it in a more controlled way. Because of this I’ve been doing a lot more smoothie-making, and the Plum Vida pouches have been a welcome addition to my usual banana and almond milk.
I’ve been using the veggie and fruit purees to refresh my snacking, but organic pouch purees can also be a great cocktail mix-in so I thought I’d also experiment with them to create healthier cocktails that will allow you multi-task your detox/retox routine. Stay tuned for some of those recipes.
Read on for some more tips on better boozing that will help you find balance between health and hedonism in the weeks to come. And comment below for a chance to win a new tote bag full of Plum Vida! In the meantime, you can purchase your own pouches at Target (look in the juice aisle).
Not only will this keep you from getting tanked, and/or filling your belly with bad decision foods later in the evening, but it will slow down the absorption of alcohol and sugar into your system. This helps your liver stay more even keel, and curb erratic blood sugar spikes that could result from any sweet mixers.
2. Skip the soda.
Even if you’re back on the sugar bandwagon, you’ll be doing your body a huge favor by trying to keep soda out of the mix. Diet soda is even worse for your waistline, as the sweet taste tricks your brain into thinking calories are coming when none are. This causes your liver to start storing fat in preparation for more energy. So if you’re making mixed drinks, opt for soda water instead of tonic and add some alkalizing lemon juice for good measure!
3. Take an activated charcoal before and after you drink.
There are times in our social lives—a best friend’s bachelorette, a client dinner, or your own birthday—when social pressures may force you to drink more than you’d like. In order to feel less lousy the next day, take an activated charcoal capsule before you leave for the evening and when you get home. It absorbs toxins and will help your liver deal with all the tequila on its plate. Warning: it will also make you less drunk, so if you still want the social lubrication of alcohol, you’re better off just monitoring your own consumption and not getting peer pressured into excess.
4. Go 1 for 1, alcohol for water.
Even if you’re drinking in moderation, besides the impact on your liver, alcohol’s other most harmful side effect is dehydration. Having a glass of water for every drink you consume will help lessen the blow and potentially slow down your total consumption by giving you something else to orally fixate on in between martinis.
5. Use healthier ingredients for home cocktail making.
Most cocktails do benefit from a little extra sweetness to cut the taste of alcohol. If you’re whipping something up at home, you can use my favorite natural sweetener, raw honey. In addition to tasting delicious, raw honey was used in ancient remedies for its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal qualities. You can also use Plum Vida to add extra nutrients and fiber. With a puree you get the natural sweetness of fruits and veggies without the addition of refined sugar like in conventional juices.
To enter the New Year, New You Plum Organics Giveaway and win a new tote bag full of Plum Vida, you must:
1. Comment below and tell me about what you’re refreshing in your wellness routine this year.
Tune in next week for my recipe for Kale Margaritas and to find out who won a new stash of Plum Vida!
This post is sponsored by Plum Vida. Products featured on Feed Me Phoebe are few and far between, and as with all opinions on this site, I only give my endorsement when genuine!