Prevention & Recovery

10 ways to rebalance after the holidays

Author: Canadian Living

Prevention & Recovery

10 ways to rebalance after the holidays

If you’re like most people, you probably ate too much and slacked on anything that resembled exercise over the holidays. Here are 10 simple and effective ways to get your body feeling better than ever in no time at all.

1. Buy a sack of lemons
If you make only one trip off the sofa today, make it a trip to your local health food or grocery store to buy a sack of lemons. Yes, a sack. Once you get home, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a tall glass of water and drink immediately. This one step will help you to quickly reset your body chemistry.

2. Load up on H2O
Drink at least 10 more cups of water throughout the day, preferably with lemon juice added to each. Lemon juice breaks down acid waste in your body and restores your blood and tissues to slightly alkaline levels. Put simply, it means you’re flushing out toxins and excess fat – both of which are acidic – from your body!

3. Breathe deeply
Take a few deep breaths. Not only will oxygen energize your brain, it will quickly help to balance the chemistry of your cells – and healthier cells equal a healthier body.

4. Take a walk
I encourage a second trip off the sofa. Boost your oxygen levels even further by bundling up and heading out for a brisk walk. Exercise helps to quickly oxygenate your body. More oxygen in your blood means it's better equipped to nourish every organ and tissue, which increases energy, mental clarity and moods.

5. Turn to peppermint tea
Instead of reaching for a caffeine jolt from coffee or cola, drink some peppermint tea. Research shows that peppermint provides a quick boost of energy and unlike caffeine, it isn’t addictive and won’t send your energy levels plummeting a few hours later.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook is the author of The Ultimate pH Solution. Buy a copy at or

Visit the author’s website for more information about balancing your pH.6. Eat your veggies
Make vegetables the focal point of your lunch and dinner meals. Okay, I know you’re probably cringing right now, but if you absolutely hate broccoli, don’t take it out on the entire veggie kingdom. Who wouldn’t enjoy some delicious mashed sweet potatoes or rich guacamole? (I share the easiest and fastest recipe for yummy guac in my book The Ultimate pH Solution and even my chocolate mousse recipe features the highly healthy avocado.)

7. Take an almond break
Snack on raw, unsalted almonds every few hours. Not only are they loaded with calcium, magnesium, protein and other important nutrients, their high fibre and protein content helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Stable blood sugar levels tell your brain that it’s okay to start breaking down fat stores to help you slim down.

8. Smoothie nation
Enjoy a delicious smoothie instead of a sugary snack or breakfast. Start with some almond milk instead of dairy to help rebalance your blood chemistry quickly. Add some frozen berries, half a frozen banana (peel the bananas prior to freezing and keep them on hand for a quick energy smoothie) and a heaping teaspoon of green powder like barley juice, spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass, or any blend available from your local health food store. In addition to containing loads of vitamins and minerals, green powders contain chlorophyll, which research proves eliminates toxins from your body, protects against cancer, and even defends your genetic material against damage!

9. Go greens
Eat at least one large salad per day. Avoid store-bought dressings full of rancid oils, preservatives, additives and sugar. Try my blueberry dressing from The Ultimate pH Solution – it’s fast and delicious. Combine 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), 1/3 cup raw apple cider vinegar, a pinch of Celtic sea salt and either 6 drops of stevia or 1/2 teaspoon of unpasteurized honey. Blend with a hand blender or shake well in a covered container. Pour over a plate of greens or grated veggies. Store the remaining dressing in the fridge.

10. Take a cue from the vegetarians
Cut back on your meat consumption. Choose beans, fish or raw nuts or seeds instead of acid-forming meat. While fish like wild salmon may be acid forming in your body, it provides the essential fatty acids needed for a healthy brain, immune system and overall good health. Add beans to soups, stew, chili or wraps, or make them into delicious dips for a high-fibre, high-protein, high-nutrition source of energy.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook is the author of The Ultimate pH Solution. Buy a copy at or

Visit the author’s website for more information about balancing your pH.


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10 ways to rebalance after the holidays