Toxins: Major Cause of New Year Weight Gain


Why Toxins

  • Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s eating usually leads to an average unwanted 2-6 pounds.
  • Over-eating, toxic inflammatory foods, under-nourished bodies lead to unwanted pounds.
  • Toxins are present in nasty preservatives, pesticides and GMOs.
  • Toxic overload results in weight gain, sluggish bodies, tiredness, unhealthy looking skin, bloating and lower immunity.
  • Our bodies metabolize food differently in fall/winter than spring/summer.
  • More often than not, we’re not even eating seasonally.
  • The transition from one season to another is sometimes hard for our body. We fall sick more often.

Combat Toxins

  1. Pause before we enter a new season and reset our bodies with a food detox.
  2. Eat Seasonal, find out what’s growing naturally in the region you live and eat seasonal fruits and vegetables.
  3. Eat more vegetables, fruits, lentils, organic grass fed meats, seeds and homemade bites.
  4. Cut down on inflammatory foods-gluten, grains, nuts, dairy and sugar for a while.
  5. Fix your gut, digestion not only handles how your body handles food and how it burns it, but also takes care of your mental health, weight issues, inflammatory responses amongst others.
  6. Exercise and move more with what motivates you-dancing, yoga, hiking, pilates, spinning, or something else.
  7.  Drink lots of water, water helps flush out toxins, making it easier to lose weight, have better skin, more energy amongst other benefits.

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5 Holiday and New Year Health & Wellness Tips


  1. Make getting ‘healthier’ your new year resolution, not ‘losing weight’. That way you will have something immediate to look forward to (e.g., one week of healthy eating). In the long run, many clients have lost more weight with this strategy.
  2. Remember the ground rule, good fat will never make you fat, sugar and white flour will. Fill your plate with salads/greens, sweet potatoes, lean meat, starch and dessert in that order and in descending proportions. Use good quality oils like Avocado, Coconut oil or Olive oil, maybe adding seeds and nuts to your food. When your body is nourished, it will tell you to stop. When your body tells you to stop-Stop!
  3. Exercise: Don’t wear a Fitbit because everyone tells you it’s important to walk 12,000 steps a day. Exercise could mean different things to different people. Find out what moves you. Many people enjoy dancing, hiking and martial arts as their way to destress and exercise.
  4. Carry a water bottle with you. Chances are you’re not drinking enough water for your weight. Water helps our body to drain the toxins out. The formula to follow is ‘half of your body weight (lbs.) in Ounces (oz). Eg: If you weight 150 lbs, drink at least 75 oz of water a day.
  5. Set realistic goals for yourself. Find out what has worked for you in the past and what hasn’t. Do not expect perfection from yourself, get started anyhow and keep walking on that path. Ask for help, offer help to friends who are on a similar journey.