They call it Blue Monday – the day in January when the cold weather, lack of sunshine and failing resolutions catch up with us. Well, fret not – we’re here to help you move on and out of that rut. Haute MD recently turned to Dr. Nyjon Eccles, founder of London’s famed Chiron Clinic and the Vita Health program at the Verdura Resort (voted the Best Hotel Spa in Europe by readers of Conde Nast Traveller in 2012). With helpful hints on how to lose weight and detoxify your body, you’ll be feeling less blue in no time:
+ Make healthy food a lifestyle: Avoid consuming carbs in the form of grains and high fat, sugar, and sodium foods. Replace these foods with those high in fiber, and rich in micronutrients that work to remove toxins from the body, including chia seeds and artichokes.
+ Stock kitchen with healthy options: Planning ahead can make the difference between sticking to your diet, and reaching for a bag of chips. Load your refrigerator with fruits and veggies, and be sure not to overcook the vegetables, which reduces their nutritional value.
+ Don’t go cold turkey: Instead, swap out one unhealthy eating habit daily.
+ Replace bad habits with good: For each unhealthy habit you eliminate, introduce one healthy new one, such as taking a multivitamin.
+ Eat regularly: Skipping meals can cause cravings for unhealthy food that will deliver a quick energy boost.
+ Stop eating after 7pm: Consuming all of your meals before 7pm is a proven method to lose weight without changing your food intake.
+ Reduce inflammation: Eating a diet high in Omega 3’s, green vegetables, and fruit can reduce inflammation in your body.
+ Fast for a Day: This will give your body a chance to hit the reset switch, recharge, repair, and detox.
+ Swap out coffee in favor of green or dandelion tea.
For more information on Dr. Nyjon Eccles or the VITA HEALTH program at the Verdura Spa Resort in Sicily, Italy, please visit their website.