Fresh juices are a popular detox pick after a holiday season of partying. (Bill Hogan / Chicago Tribune )
No matter what sort of year you've had, chances are you're going to bid 2013 farewell with plenty of food and booze. The guilt of overindulging might not set in until you're in the grips of your first hangover of the New Year, but you can make your plans to detox and recharge now. These five options will help you get 2014 off to a healthy start.
SWEAT IT OUT
Bikram Yoga Chicago 47 W. Polk St. 312-922-9642
The South Loop studio, which also has locations in Wicker Park and Lincoln Park, offers two hot yoga classes ($17) on New Year's Day, so you can get an early start on any exercise-based resolutions. Classes are all beginner level, but if working out in 105-degree heat wears you out, you're welcome to sit, lie down or grab some water. “It’s very cleansing," said co-owner Maura Vella. "The heat makes you sweat, and the sweat is really detoxifying. You leave with this sense of lightness.”
JUICE IT UP
Peeled Juice Bar 1571 N. Sheffield Ave. 312-266-7335
If you feel like you've eaten enough to last you a few days, try a liquid diet with a juice cleanse ($214) from this Lincoln Park juice bar. You can spend three days detoxing by sipping a 16-ounce juice every two hours in a regiment that include leafy green drinks, cashew milk and spicy lemonade. By steering clear of food that might hinder your body, you'll be soaking in plenty of vitamin and minerals that will improve your energy level and even make your hair and nails look better. Benjamin Harvey, general manager of Peeled's Evanston location, recommends gearing up for a cleanse by eating smaller portions with more fresh produce, but he acknowledges not everyone does that. “A lot of holiday business is derived from people doing some repentance cleansing," he said. "It’s not uncommon for people who’ve had big holiday meals to pursue our program. People tend to feel a lot better.”
MEDITATE WITH MASSAGE
Ruby Room 1743 W. Division St. 773-235-2323
This Lincoln Park spa offers a full menu of energy healing treatments, but if you're not sure you buy that a psychic therapist can fix your aura, you can try the Enerssage ($55-$150), a massage integrating New Age philosophy. You'll start with a thorough consultation to assess your needs and then pick out a spray of flower and gem essences meant to correlate to your own chakras. While you try to maintain a meditative state, therapists will spend 30 to 90 minutes working to repair imbalances in your muscles and internal organs using techniques such as acupressure and Chinese medicine.
RELAX AND REPAIR
Lincoln Square Acupuncture 4720A N. Lincoln Ave. 773-878-3888
Stress and other things you're guilty of like drinking alcohol or caffeine may keep your body from relaxing, but acupuncture can help. "When you get a treatment it’s taking the body out of fight-or-flight and putting it in the rest-and-digest state," Ingebritt Ziegler said. "It’s supporting the body’s natural detoxification process.” For your first treatment ($30-$50), an acupuncturist will chat with you about your health, apply some needles to your arms and legs and leave you to relax for as long as you want to keep them in, though they recommend at least 30 minutes.
Ground Control 3315 W. Armitage Ave. 773-772-9446
If you just need a meal you can feel good about eating after that multi-course tasting menu or post-midnight fast food run, you can get it at this Logan Square vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Some of their healthier options include avocado pineapple salad ($8.75) tossed with sour orange vinaigrette, mint and a bit of jalapeno and the smothered sweet potato tacos ($9.75) packed with mushroom and kale and covered with tomato chili sauce. –Samantha Nelson
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