5 detox tips after the Holidays (the French way)

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We often feel a little bit slow and bloated following holidays like Christmas or New Year’s Eve. To make matters worse, most of my clients complain about all of the not-so-healthy treats they are offered at work this time of year. We all look for ways to compensate afterward and get back on track.


The coach in me would tell you this: there’s no need to beat yourself up for drinking and eating too much during the holidays! You might think that you need to lose the extra pounds fast, but I will invite you to experience self-compassion instead. We chose to spend a good time with friends and family; what happened was supposed to happen, so now what can we do?


Getting plenty of sleep at night (and/or take a nap) sounds like common sense. Going for a walk or a run is also a good start, stimulating your cardiovascular system.


Nutritionally, make it your goal to purify your digestive system and cleanse your liver. Although fasting can sound like a solution to start a detox, do not consider fasting if you feel a hangover! It is better to prioritize a diet of clean, whole foods. Your body is in need of a gentle approach in order to detox effectively. No need to take expensive supplements.

Help your body naturally detox (the French way) with these 5 simple tricks.


1. Drink spring water

French people drink spring water much more than Americans. This article is very informative about the quality of the different types of drinking water. Spring water is by far considered the best water to drink, providing vital nutrients to the body. You might have heard of evian, the most famous French spring water. This might explain why French people have less deficiencies and consume less supplements . . . just wondering.

Nothing replaces a mineral cure to rehydrate a body drenched in wine and champagne! Spring (or mineral) water will start the elimination and drainage process. Aim for a minimum of 60 ounces of water the day after the party.

2. Incorporate lemon into your diet

Add lemon juice to your drinking water and/or salad dressing. This citrus will regulate your digestive system and activate elimination—especially if you are hungover!

3. Eat in-season fruits

The French eat plenty of fruits. I still remember my grandfather making me eat a fruit for dessert at every meal as if it were the holy grail to health!

I never understood the American fear of fruits’ sugar content. It is complete nonsense to hear that fruit has too much sugar—as if you could compare the sugar content of a fruit and a cookie! Fruits are made by nature. Fruits are part of a balanced whole-food diet. They are a great way to enjoy sweet foods that do not contain any harmful processed sugars.

In-season grapefruits, apples, oranges, and clementines will be your best allies to drain your body.

4. Drink detox teas

Detox teas can do wonders for your body. Try different types of tea and prepare the ones you like the most. After overeating from the holidays, I recommend dandelion tea, burdock tea, ginger tea, fennel tea, thyme tea, artichoke tea, or even mint tea.

5. Limit your carbs and eat your greens

Reduce your consumption of sugar, alcohol, dairy products, and fat as much as possible. Focus on seasonal, locally grown (when possible) fruits and vegetables. Eat your vegetables roasted, grilled, steamed, boiled in a soup, and raw. The more variety you have, the more likely you are to eat them. And that’s the whole point.

The basic message is “eat your fruits and veggies”. It might not sound sexy, but if you eat this way for a week or two, your body will get a better chance to regenerate itself.


After partying, stay home and spend time with yourself. Cook your delicious French dinner recipes, and between meals, list all the wonderful things you have accomplished this year and the ones you will accomplish next year!