Local wellness blogger Brandi Moody: tips for post-holiday detox

The holidays are coming to an end and we are left with overly full bellies. Most likely, you feel pretty tired of food; not to mention lethargic, also known as “food coma”. We want our routines and pre-holiday bodies back.

Below are easy tips and tricks to help detox your body and get you back to feeling normal.


Drink water first thing in the morning.

Our bodies are made up of roughly 75 percent water. We NEED it. Our kidneys use water to rid us of certain waste products. If they do not get the adequate amount of water they need, our bodies cannot remove the waste.


Start every morning with a clean breakfast.

There is nothing your body likes more than getting the right nutrients after a long night of sleep. Starting the day off with a clean and healthy breakfast sets you up for a better and more productive day. You will feel healthy and have more energy.

A great example of a clean breakfast is The Living Bowl at The Pinto, located in downtown Batesville. Its base is greek yogurt, rich in protein, calcium, phosphorus, and B vitamins.

And for all the homebodies…I recommend oatmeal with fruit, one of the best breakfasts of all time. There is a saying that “Oatmeal is King”, meaning oatmeal is the best for breakfast. It helps lower blood sugar, provides fiber, contains needed vitamins and minerals, and has a good amount of protein and fat. I like to cook my oats in almond milk or water, add honey for sweetener, then a little chocolate or vanilla protein powder, and a TBSP of natural peanut butter….. so good!


Throw out all leftover holiday desserts.

Yes, you heard this correctly, throw them out. They are cheap to make and you will see them again next year. This is called “controlling your food environment”. You can control what you buy, what you put on your counter, and what is readily available to eat. Surround yourself with good food. If you have fruit on the counter, you are more likely to eat it because you can see it. If you put it out of sight, you will likely pass it up for something easier to grab (out of sight, out of mind). Leave the fruit where you can see it.


Try your best to eliminate all white flour and sugar.

Both white flour and sugar break down in your body the same. They cause inflammation and an increase in blood sugar. White flour has been considered the “glue” of your waist. White flour, if eaten in excess, keeps the body from burning fat as fuel. In turn, this can add weight gain. No Good!


Avoid eating late at night.

It seems that through the holidays, staying up late and eating is a must. That is fine for awhile, but it will come back to haunt you.

Late night eating has been proven to cause weight gain, higher glucose levels, and higher insulin levels. Try to nip that fast.


Make sleep a priority.

Studies prove a lack of sleep goes along with weight gain. Poor sleep can also increase your appetite by messing with two hunger hormones: ghrelin and leptin. To read more about the studies, click here and here.

Ghrelin is a hormone released in the stomach that tells our brains when we are hungry.

Leptin, a hormone released by fat cells, keeps hunger at bay and signals our brain that we are full. When we do not get the right amount of sleep, our bodies create more ghrelin and less leptin. This leaves us hungry, and our appetite increases.

Detoxing and getting your body back after the holidays will take patience and determination.  You will crave sweets and all the goodies!  Stick to these simple tips and you should be feeling as good as new!

Local wellness blogger Brandi Moody on running in the cold: Don’t stop

The best run happens when you least expect it.

By Brandi Moody of Blonde Coffee Mom

Disclaimer: Some links in this post contain affiliate links.

When cold weather hits, it is hard to get motivated to get out and run. Fall and Spring make it easy with the sunny, cool days, but once that cold weather comes, runners find it hard to get out.

Here are 7 tips to keep you running during the winter:


Watch the Weather — This seems like an obvious choice, but the number of people who do not watch the weather would surprise you. At the beginning of each week, look to see which days have the best running temperatures, plan to run on those days, and stick to it. It is good to go into each week with a plan.


Have the right cold gear — Nothing makes a run more terrible than not having the right clothes. The must-have items for a cold run are a beanie or ear warmers, gloves, a long-sleeved top, leggings and/or shorts, and a jacket. For more detailed options, click here.

Leggings and a jacket can make a cold run feel perfect. Tip for the women: if you have medium-length hair, wear it down beneath your hat or beanie. It acts as a barrier/scarf to the wind.


Put a small heater by your bed — No one wants to get out of bed on a cold morning. Keep a small heater next to your bed. This will keep the space below your bed, where your feet and legs first hit, warm. If you would rather, keep warm while you change by placing the heater there.


Warm up before you head outdoors — Do a dynamic warm-up, indoors, before you head out for your run. This gets your blood flowing, which in turn warms up your body temperature. It will help ease that harsh feeling of cold when you first step outside. See below for a good, quick, dynamic warm-up.

This routine was put together with the help of Dylan Carpenter, MD, FAAOS and Josh McIntosh, APRN of the White River Medical Center Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic.


Bring a friend — This might be thrown around a lot in the running world, but it is so true. There is nothing more motivating than accountability. Some of the best runs happen when you are with someone. You forget you are running and enjoy just being outside.


Enjoy the bragging rights of being a winter warrior — You know it feels good to say, “Yep, I just finished a run in near-freezing temps!” You did it, so you get to brag about it!


Set a spring schedule — Write down a goal for the spring. Whether it is a pace goal or race goal, write it down. This will help you get out the door or onto the treadmill. Because: you know as well as I do…you will not hit your goals without working at it.

Don’t let the winter temperatures bring you down. The best run happens when you least expect it. You may think running in the winter is too hard, but don’t write it off so fast! The air is fresh and clean, so get out, breathe the cool air, and run. You may just have the best run of your life!