7 Day Post Travel Detox!

Post Travel Detox
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I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t hold back on the extra calories when I travel! I do my best to eat healthy where possible, but there’s no denying that a lot of the time it just isn’t possible to eat 100% healthy (or anywhere even close). Also I can’t help but to try a little bit of everything when in a new country which often results in a full tummy! But I’d rather leave without regrets and be able to say I at least tried everything, even if I don’t always enjoy it!

So when I get home after a big trip of indulgence, I often feel the need to flip my eating habits and engage in a 7 day post travel detox. This leaves me feeling as though I have switched back to my better eating habits and got the bad stuff out of my system (until the next trip at least!!!)

Travel detox

7 Day Travel Detox

Here’s how to get back on track with my strict 7 day rules, followed by an effort to incorporate them into my life every day after the seven, but allow some cheeky treats as well!

Drink only Water & Tea

Goodbye fizzy diet cokes to stave off the hunger until I find something decent to eat or 12 coffees in the morning to push myself out the door and en route to an airport! For the first 7 days after a trip be sure to drink plenty of water – at least 6-8 glasses per day. Always carry a water bottle around with you (it makes it a lot easier to drink so much water as it becomes habitual) and drink as much green tea as you like to flush out your system. If you don’t like the taste of water, try infusing it with some lime, cucumber and mint for flavour. Berries also work a treat if you have a sweet tooth!

Acai Bowl

Breakfast: Smoothie Bowls

As a self-confessed breakfast smoothie bowl junkie, I really don’t think there’s a better way to start your day than by eating a colourful bright bowl of sweet, indulgent happiness! My favourite smoothie bowls would have to be an Acai bowl (here’s my recipe) as it is packed with antioxidants and perfect for a detox that isn’t boring – these things taste better than ice cream!

Lunch: Salad (raw vegetarian)

After a super filling breakfast, you won’t be too hungry at lunch time but its important to treat your body to some leafy goodness so you can stave off hunger and/or sugar cravings later in the day. A light leafy green salad (add some goat’s cheese, balsamic reduction and walnuts for flavour) is all you need to push you through until a late afternoon snack + dinner in the evening!


Dinner: Eat a Rainbow

This is one of the easiest meals to “fall apart” on during a travel detox, as you’re often tired, jet lagged, and just want to grab take-out or something easy. But don’t let it happen to you! Cook a big plate of veggies (grilled with goat’s cheese gives a lot of flavour or a quick stir fry with soya sauce is a much funner way to eat veggies) and some grilled meat if you’re not a vegetarian. I’ve been a vego for ten years and love vegetables but understand not everyone does – however don’t write them off without trying to cook them different ways!

Snacks – Don’t forget snacks!

The worse part of a detox is feeling bored and deprived – don’t do it to yourself!!! It is important to note that everyone and everyone’s bodies are different, so listen to yours and act accordingly. If you’re craving sugar, grab a banana – not only are they sweet but they are also very filling and full of fibre. If you just want a light bite, try an apple. If you’re craving something savoury, try some veggie chips or kale chips. Et voila! You’ve stuck to your fruit + veg detox!


Eat at Home Only

One of the best ways to keep on track during a detox is to forego eating out and prepare/cook for yourself! That way you know exactly what is in your smoothies (no added refined sugar), exactly how much oil you’re using on your veggies, etc. etc.

Exercise: Burn a few calories, something is better than nothing!

Yep…. you knew this was coming! The only way to stick to exercise (if you ask me) is to not think of it as exercise. Instead of making a point every day to “exercise”, think of fun activities you can do to get outdoors – walking, hiking, running in the outdoors, etc. It may even just be that you dance in front of your mirror for half an hour like you’re in a high intensity 80’s aerobics video! Going on a bike ride with a friend can also be a great way to re-explore your neighbourhood or try a new yoga class you’ve always wanted to do! The point being: exercise doesn’t have to be inside the gym!

If you can: Sauna, Spa, or Hot Yoga

And finally, a detoxing ritual that I wish I could engage in more frequently, but sadly my small hometown doesn’t allow for it! If you have access to a sauna and steam room, this is a great way to naturally detoxify your body and leaves you feeling uber rejuvenated. Hot yoga (also known as Bikram) burns around 500-600 calories in a class and is another great way to sweat out those yucky toxins. Give it a try – you never know, you might really enjoy it!

“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past.”
– Napoleon Hill

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    January 25, 2016 at 2:33 am

    I think my body is beginning to reject all of the food I’ve been eating on this trip. It’s not happy with me at all! I should probably do this while I’m travelling, and not wait for afterwards! haha

    January 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    If you don’t have access to a sauna or hot tub, a bath at home does the trick just as well. Just make sure the water is hot enough to make you sweat. Adding epsom salt is great for a detox and a few drops of lavender oil is very relaxing

    January 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

    This is such a great post. I DEFINITELY don’t hold back on eating everything while traveling, so as soon as I get home, I always try to eat healthier and exercise more. I’m currently in the process of a detox as I just got home from eating heavy European foods for the past month!! I agree with you that eating at home only is the way to go – even if you’re eating “healthy” food at a restaurant, it’s not nearly as healthy as what you could make at home!

    January 22, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Great advice. Great blog too:)

    Dora Toubanaki
    January 22, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Thank you for the tips!!

    January 22, 2016 at 2:35 am

    It’s weird… when I travel with my husband, we tend to eat very well and we even exercise quite regularly. All of the full, yucky bellies come when we go back home to visit our families and friends! Hahhaa! Just how I feel when we are out and about doing our own thing makes me want to stay gone forever.. but that’s unrealistic and I would really miss my family and friends! So, we take the good with the bad and do the best we can! Thanks for sharing your tips and recipes 🙂

    January 21, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks for this post – I always treat time away as a free-for-all food fest and my body doesn’t thank me! I’ll be taking your tips to heart 🙂

    January 21, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I love this! Sounds exactly like what I would eat at home (but I haven’t been home for almost 6 months and missing being in a healthy routine!) Thanks for sharing ✅

    Travelblogger Lisa
    January 21, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Amazing, thanks for sharing!

    xx – Lisa – Travelblog Joy Della Vita

    Keri Blair
    January 21, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Everything looks beautiful!

    January 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing a detox that is realistic/sounds good & doesn’t consist of only green smoothies/starving yourself!!!! Feeling more motivated already lol

    Brittany Justham
    January 21, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I did hot yoga for 2-3 years and absolutely loved it! It really intimidated me at first because it is so hot, but it really relaxes your muscles and helps you become super in-tune with your body and emotions! Definitely recommend. (ALSO, don’t think that just because it is called yoga that it means all you will be doing is stretching. Vinyassa yoga (opposed to Hatha or Yin which are held stretches the whole time) is VERY active and physically demanding.

    January 21, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    This looks like a very interesting diet! I had never heard of anything like this! 😮
    The pictures look stunning! almost make me wanna try it! haha

    Xoxo Jessy

    January 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I just got back from Iceland and have been so sluggish and craving comfort foods, but its good to remember that healthy food will make me feel better!

    Alexandra Chung
    January 21, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I love your tips! I’ve actually never tried a smoothie bowl but I’ve always wanted to! I love your recipe especially the bee pollen!

    January 21, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Everything looks so yummy and healthy!! Going to try this soon! 🙂

    January 21, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Good tips! I will start with it!

    January 21, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Definitely going to try this after my travels sometime! I’ll never hold back on the travel calories. 😉 #ilovefood