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Post Vacation Detoxing ~ 4 Steps For Restoring Digestive Health

Are you in need of a ‘house cleaning’ after a brief period of losing your ‘nutritional mind’?

A post vacation detoxing can be a gigantic step towards restoring digestive health after a time of indulgence. Not taking the steps needed to get ‘back on track’ can wreak havoc on your system, and aggravate the potential for a hellacious flare.

Traveling to new places allows us the opportunity to be introduced to all the culinary delights the world has to offer. We joke that, “Calories don’t count when you’re on vacation!”, then proceed to over-indulge to the point of being in danger of exceeding our carry-on limit. Just kidding, but all I can say is it’s a good thing my bag was measured at the airport check-in, and not my abdomen.

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In my four days in Dallas, I partook of: mimosas, goat burgers, gelato, brisket nachos, beer, soft pretzels, swedish fish, red wine, and sundaes. Let’s just say that by the time I arrived back home, there were a few ‘issues’ that needed to be addressed.

No need to spend time feeling guilty about all the great food you enjoyed. And defintely DO NOT shame yourselfย for straying from your typicallyย careful diet! Be thankful for the pleasurable experiences you had, and take the necessary steps to restore your body’s nutritional homeostasis.

Post Vacation Detoxing ~ 4 Steps For Restoring Digestive Health


Post Vacation Detoxing ~ 4 Steps For Restoring Digestive Health

  • Set Yourself Up For Success ~ Plan ahead for the day you arrive back home. Stock your fridge with a few fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as a healthy dinner for that night. You will be tired, and tempted to just ‘grab something quick’. We all know where that leads, so take a few extra steps to get yourself off on the right foot.

  • Hydrate Like A Fish In The Desert ~ Forgetting to drink enough water is easy while your running around having fun. Start with a huge glass of H2O as soon as you get home to help with potential stomach issues. This will also help your body distinguish between real hunger and thirst.

  • Pipe Cleaning ~ IF YOUR DOCTOR APPROVES, you may want to give your bowels a little push in the right direction (so to speak). Of course, eat plenty of fiber, but if that does not do the trick, an enema could help the process.

  • Routine ~ Discipline yourself to get back into your normal dietary swing of things. Don’t beat yourself up if you fall a few times, just push the re-set button and make the right choice the next time.

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    Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    October 1 at 8:20 pm

    I ate horribly while in Spain, totally off my gluten, dairy and sugar free diet. But something about their food did not cause me additional pain and my allergies and acne did not flare up like it does when I chest on my diet at home in the US. That trip was over the summer and I’m still trying to get back on my eating routine.
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      October 2 at 4:29 pm

      OOO! I saw a thing on this before! It’s a specific chemical that’s used here that is not used in other parts of the world, and they think that is what is causing people with ‘gluten sensitivity’ all the problems. NOT for people with celiac who cannot have any gluten at all, but for people who seem to have problems when they eat gluten. When they’ve travled to different parts of Europe (Italy/Spain/ect.) they didn’t seem to have the same issues as they do here in the states! Interesting!

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    October 2 at 11:40 am

    Kristine I think a good cleaning always helps after travel or long weekends when you aren’t as mindful about what is going in your mouth. Great tips thanks for sharing over at Small Victories will be following you ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    October 3 at 11:37 am

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing!
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    October 5 at 5:06 am

    I really enjoyed this series Kristine! Thanks for all the great tips!
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      October 5 at 6:20 am

      Thank you Kim! Glad you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kami Linnerg
    October 5 at 9:55 am

    I love “hydrate like a fish in the desert.” Haha! So true! That and enemas are really helpful for me. This is a great list!

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      October 5 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks Kami!! Right?! I know people get ‘weird’ about enemas, (I used to also!) but they’re a lifesaver if you have any kind of IBS issues. Thanks for an awesome comment ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    October 9 at 8:00 am

    Really great tips, when I need to detox, or help things along I use a detox tea, it is a gentle way to help get myself back on track, and it works! Extremely well, lol. It is so hard to know if you are getting something in your meal when you go out, for me issue is gluten. I can avoid the more apparent foods that have gluten, bread, pasta, pastry etc. But especially when I travel it’s so hard to make sure that nothing I am imbibing has gluten. Salad dressings, soups, condiments. And many servers or those who work in the kitchen are unsure of the ingredients used. So I mostly stick to fresh food, and I’ve been known to carry my own salad dressing. I also keep granola bars and nuts or trail mix in my purse for those times I’m in need of something to get me through. Vacation would be ruined if I didn’t. Drinking more water is something I need to do, and having a meal in the frig or freezer for ease of warm-up when I get home is an awesome idea!
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      October 9 at 10:59 pm

      Gluten IS in everything isn’t it? Just like sugar, we really have no idea its in everything until have to start paying attention! ๐Ÿ™‚

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