Vacation hangovers are the worst! You know that feeling you get when you come home after a fantastic trip bloated and broke because you ate too much, drank too much and spent way too much. Add this to the stress you have about going back to work and you end up needing a vacation to get over your vacation!
As a non-stop television correspondent and author of Travel Therapy: Where Do You Need to Go?, I'm constantly globetrotting around the world reporting about the importance of taking care of your mind, body and soul. Yet, this last winter I got so crazy busy I forgot to take my own advice and ended up paying the price, fighting one sickness after another, with doctors prescribing me weeks of antibiotics and steroids. I finally listened to my body that was screaming for me to give it a break. Something had to change, fast.
I still needed to travel so I decided to create a way to detox after my trips, starting with adopting some healthier eating habits. Not easy since all my life I've been that skinny girl you love to hate, scarfing down carbs and anything loaded with sugar. Traveling was my excuse to overindulge in calorie-laden meals. It was all "research" I'd tell myself, as I shoveled in another bite of crème brulee. But after a recent trip to Rome, where pasta and wine were on the menu every night, I got home feeling exhausted and knew I needed to make some healthier choices.
To start off, I signed up for a three-day juice cleanse, my first ever cleanse, figuring this would be the ultimate "spring cleaning" and a great way to help me get on the right track to a healthier lifestyle. I decided if I was going to power through three days of drinking just juice I might as well use this opportunity to detox some other areas in my life, including signing up for some new exercise classes and using healthier beauty products like KNOW! Hair & Body. The results have been amazing! I feel like a new person.
Here are the seven body and beauty detox steps I took to launch myself into a healthier lifestyle. I hope you can find some tip here to help you detox after your travels and help get rid of that dreaded vacation hangover. I'd also love to hear some of your ideas and best detox tips!
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A great way to jump start a body and beauty detox after overindulging on a vacation is to start with a cleanse. It just makes sense to clean out all the junk you've put in your body before you begin putting healthy stuff in. There are a lot of cleanse options out there but I chose BluePrintCleanse for several reasons. First, several friends had tried it and loved it. Second, it was easy. The folks at BluePrintCleanse make all the juices fresh and deliver them to your door. Third, since this was my first cleanse I liked how with BluePrint you get to customize your own program, picking the length and the level of cleanse you are prepared to do. I picked three days, over a weekend, figuring if I crashed and burned it would not be during my busy work week. You get six 16oz juices a day to drink and that's it. I was most worried about getting down the green juice made with lettuce, celery, cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, parsley and lemon, because I am not a vegetable fan. Amazingly, I loved the green juice, it tasted refreshing and satisfying, a huge relief! The other juices, like the spicy lemonade and pineapple, apple and mint juice, were equally yummy! Even though I kept thinking a splash of vodka would taste really good in the pineapple juice! I was never hungry once on the cleanse and although I missed the act of eating a real meal and sipping a glass of wine with dinner, I never cheated once and that alone was a big boost to my confidence! I finished the cleanse empowered and excited to start eating healthier and actually craved a salad instead of pizza for the first time. For more: www.blueprintcleanse.com and www.traveltherapytrips.com
When I first started looking into doing a cleanse a new detox spa treatment at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City caught my eye. It is called the Ultimate 24 Hour Detox Package inspired by the idea that spring is the ideal time to undo your naughty winter indulgences and get yourself back on the right track! Think of it like a mini-vacation, only a healthy one! This 24 hour detox includes one night at the Mandarin, a new three- hour Himalayan Salt Sea and Chakra Therapy treatment, that is all about purifying while pampering, and a one day supply of the BluePrintCleanse juices. You can order more juices if you would like to extend your cleanse. The cleansing experts at BluePrintCleanse say pairing your cleanse with a detox spa treatment helps intensify your result and the Himalayan treatment at the Mandarin Oriental uses detox techniques dating back centuries. You start your treatment sipping a purification tea to inspire the detox process while your therapist explains what's going to happen over the next couple of hours. Your body is then dry brushed to stimulate your circulatory and lymph systems followed by getting cocooned in alternating hot and cold blanket. The blanket part sounds painful but it really does jump start your circulatory system and while you are in the hot blanket, that's nice and cozy you get a great foot massage. Next, a cupping massage is performed to encourage the release of toxins and finally you receive a full body massage using heated Himalayan sea crystals to help rebalance your skin. Do not plan to do much after your treatment because you will be in a complete state of bliss and relaxation. When you are done, you are brought a specially prepared healthy spa bento box meal and are given a cleanse cookbook, compliments of BluePrintCleanse, to take home with you along with some spa products so you can continue your own detox process. If you do not have a Mandarin Oriental Hotel where you live look for a similar detox spa treatment in your community and create your own day of bliss, followed by the cleanse of your choice. For more:www.mandarinoriental.com and www.traveltherapytrips.com
Traveling can wreak havoc on your skin, especially when you fly. Airplanes literally suck the moisture from your body often leaving your skin taut, dry and itchy, especially the delicate skin on your face. If you are heading to the beach for your vacation and you are a sun worshiper you are just compounding the problem. Even if you are wearing sunscreen your face will still need some extra TLC when you get home so you look refreshed from your trip not exhausted. To truly detox your skin care regime you will want to pick a holistic product line that uses natural ingredients aimed at protecting you from harmful environmental effects. This generally means avoiding products with petroleum jelly, silicone or caffeine. For an easy one-stop-shopping regime, I tried the Sjal Skincare line that is used at Canyon Ranch resort spas. Sjal is created by the mother daughter team of Karen and Kristin Petrovich and talk about a dream for travelers, the Petrovich family uses ingredients from five different continents and beauty secrets from Eastern, Chinese, Tibetan and Ayurvedic traditions, as well as the latest bio-technology breakthroughs from Japan and Switzerland, to create their exclusive products. From cleansers, to masks, lotions and extraordinary eye creams, Sjal luxurious products not only hydrate my skin after traveling but the line includes a special Sjal Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic you can spray on your face during your flight to keep your skin nourished and supple. Another favorite after a long trip when I need an instant pick me up is the calming and soothing Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask, made with Blue Lotus and Blue Copper followed by the Kura Intuitif Intense Hydrating Cream using Arnica and Horseradish to reduce capillaries and dark circles. Using Sjal products I no longer have to worry about wearing my jet lag on my face! No matter what skincare line you use just make sure you are putting healthy ingredients on your face to help with your travel detox. The last thing you want to do is put harsh chemicals or synthetic products on your skin, compounding the stress your skin is already fighting from your travels. For more: www.sjalskincare.com and www.traveltherapytrips.com
If you are one of those travelers who exercises on vacation, good for you! For all the rest of us coming home usually means it is time to pay up for gobbling down bread with every meal and having dessert every night. To kick your post vacation detox program into high gear sign up for a new exercise class, something that will challenge you, get your blood pumping, and get you out of your comfort zone. You need to find something that will help you sweat any nasty toxins out of your system A fun new fitness program to try is called Core Fusion, a total body workout that focuses on strengthening your core, improving your flexibility and giving you a more youthful body. There are a long list of classes you can take depending on your fitness level and your goals and trust me, no matter what class you sign up for you will find muscles you did not even know you had! You can find some exceptional Core Fusion classes at Exhale Spas around the country in New York, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Texas. If you are in the Caribbean you can also take Core Fusion classes at the new Exhale spa in Turks & Caicos. For more: www.exhalespa.com & www.traveltherapytrips.com
To give your hair a break from too much sun, sea and surf, harsh chemicals, over processing and over styling, switch to a detox shampoo and conditioner with healthy, natural ingredients. You will notice the results almost immediately! A new green friendly line to try is Know! Hair & Body, created by celebrity hairdressers George Wilman and Scott Bond who say they were inspired to create the line after their clients kept complaining about not being able to find healthy luxurious hair products that were also safe for the environment. Know! Hair & Body co-creator Scott Bond says, "We spent several years working with top scientists researching how to eliminate unhealthily additives and toxins and include the best natural and environmentally friendly ingredients like soybean, green tea, aloe, cucumber, pink grapefruit, sunflower and Brazil Orange Oil extracts." In Know! Hair & Body products you will not find any formaldehyde, sulfates, parabens, PEGS, silicones, glycols, synthetic colors or synthetic fragrance and the products are safe for color treated hair and all hair types. If you like the hair products, there is also a new Know! body wash you can try that leaves your skin replenished without any residue. For more: www.knowhairandbody.com & www.traveltherapytrips.com
Do you cringe when you step on your scale after coming back from vacation? It is just too easy to over eat and drink when you are on a trip, so that means once you get home you have some serious work to do! Once you have decided to detox your life one of the hardest things can be sticking with the program. Sure it is easy to stay healthy during a cleanse or special diet but it can get tricky when you have to go back to your everyday life. Planning your meals out in advance can help you avoid the temptation of just grabbing one of those cheap and easy pop in the microwave processed meals. One of the best new cookbooks I have found to help with a detox is called Canyon Ranch Nourish Indulgently Healthy Cuisine by Scott Uehlein and the team at Canyon Ranch. Never a fan of just eating salads, or rabbit food as I like to call them, this Canyon Ranch cookbook is all about making meals that still feel like something special, including a delicious healthy Tortilla Soup and Mojito-Marinated Chicken Fajitas. For nearly three decades, Canyon Ranch has been a leader in health and wellness resorts so you know when you are whipping up one of the meals from the cookbook you are on the right track. Another bonus, this healthy cookbook even starts out giving some nutrition basics and guidelines covering everything from organic foods and artificial sweeteners to the best ways to prepare veggies to maximize the healthy benefits. For more: www.canyonranch.com & www.traveltherapytrips.com
Part of any good detox program involves a mental detox, not just a physical one. If you are coming off a vacation and feeling a little depressed that you have to go back to work or back to your boring daily routine, sometimes something as simple as a walk in the park can help chase away those negative feelings and put the bounce back in your step. It is a fact that being surrounded by trees can help ease stress levels and even help you breathe better because trees are constantly pumping out oxygen. Jeryl Brunner, author of the upcoming book, My City, My New York, featuring what famous people love best about the Big Apple, says from Oscar winning actors to media moguls, people shared their stories about how much they love parks as the perfect escape to recharge. It is critical to remember for any detox program to succeed your head and heart have to be in the game. Anything is possible if you set your mind to it, so be sure to make some time to relax, distress and clear your mind so you are ready to make the changes that are really needed to detox your life! I would love to hear any detox ideas you have that have worked for you. Just leave a comment below and continue to follow the TRAVEL THERAPY journey at www.traveltherapytrips.com and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/traveltherapy & Facebook: Travel Therapy.
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