Kick the summer blues 101

Don’t we all love a good summer holiday? Or just a good holiday any time of the year? Being away from the daily routine, the humdrum, the multi tasking, the exercise… we relax and forget everything! But when times comes to get back to normal life, the reality check is often harsh and withdrawal symptoms difficult to deal with.


Well, I got back from 3 weeks of summer break. (More than a month ago) Though the first week was spent looking at various Universities for my daughter, the other two were more relaxed and chilled out. Spending quality time with family, especially since this will be the last year before my daughter goes away to Uni. I have grown over the years and really come to realize the value of these times. (Rather the value of time per se). How to live in the moment, be present in the moment, enjoy the moment and only do the things that I want to do or what will make my loved ones happy and in turn make me happy.

And yes I didn’t worry about what I was eating (well not that much). I didn’t binge and go completely reckless but did indulge in the cuisine offered and a dessert almost every night. My activity levels were less than usual, but one key factor that is so significant to good and robust health and well being, which I consciously and otherwise experienced, was taking out the time to relax, to unwind, to not rush around and not sweat over the small stuff. And yes I did put on weight. But I feel good and don’t feel guilty about it because it wasn’t weight put on due to stress eating or gulping down too many chocolates or bottles of wine.

And now that I am back to Singapore, it is back to healthy eating. Exercising, work and the daily routine and within 2 weeks of the school re-opening, I am back to my pres-summer weight. So let’s look at some of the ways you can get back on your routine and start afresh!

  1. Clean eating: More on that here
  2. Removing sugar, very popular but extremely challenging, I have a special programme dedicated to this particular food detox, read here for more info
  3. Doing a juice cleanse or detox

Detox is quite popular and  easy to reach out to when you want to reset. Various kinds of detox are available, more or less intensive to let you choose what would suit your body the most:

  • Fast: water, juice, broths, combo
  • Cleanse, raw food, vegan
  • Food based elimination detox


While following a detox plan you may want to follow the below:

  • Drink lots of water
  • Daily meditation
  • Breathing exercises
  • Home spa techniques
  • Massage, acupuncture, steaming
  • Supplements.

However you must be mindful of the following symptoms which are common when doing a detox/cleanse:

  • Dizziness
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Cravings
  • Exhaustion
  • Digestive upset
  • Acne
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Lethargy
  • Getting sick

But, believe me, it’s completely worth it as a good detox will leave you feeling amazing, with a clear mind, less allergies, less sugar cravings and kick-start your weight loss (as an added benefit, though it is not the main objective of a detox)

A word of caution  though as detox is not for everybody and those should definitely refrain from cleanses and fasts:

  • People with raised blood pressure and heart disease
  • People with health concerns such as hypoglycemia, diabetes and insulin resistance, kidney diseases, ulcer or pregnant women.


So go ahead and do what you think and feel your body needs……


Ashrafi Bhagat
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
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