How about a few quick tips you can deploy this Christmas? Enjoyment is the key over the festive period but these tips are easy to ‘digest’ and easy to apply, especially if you find yourself in the realms of feeling full (and it’s not even Christmas Day yet!). Feel great this festive season, try my top tips for digestion!
- We are 50-65% water and need to keep hydrated throughout the day. Remember to drink just water before counting other drinks towards your liquid intake, aim for at least 2 litres per day.
- Eaten or drunk too much sugar, feeling a little queasy or thirsty? Opt for water with a little lemon juice in it.
- Feeling sleepy from overeating? Help your digestion with a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar or make an ACV sparkling drink, lemon-aid recipe in here.
- Don’t fancy Apple Cider Vinegar? Use ginger instead! Have a shot of hot shot ginger juice.
- If you’re feeling over full, stay away from drinks for a little while – drinking fluids dilutes digestive enzymes and slows digestion.
- Feeling bloated? Opt for peppermint tea, known for soothing stomach cramps & bloating.
- There’s more to Christmas than roast potatoes! Encourage yourself to eat up your greens! Greens are nutritious and these nutrients are highly effective at collecting up toxins and buffering them before being released by the liver, thus helping if you are drinking or eating a lot more sugar than you usually do. Read more.
- Prioritise what you do want to eat at Christmas: turkey, stuffing, sprout tops, cranberry sauce, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, mince pies… These tend to be once a year so make them count; reduce or refuse other offerings like chocolate & sweets as these can be eaten at any other time of the year.
- Eat breakfast. This may sound silly but, with lots of sweeties around it is easy to skip straight to the sweet stuff. Start off with a less sugary breakfast, eggs are always a good place to start, or try porridge or even a protein shake for something small but filling. Left over greens? Pop these on your plate too!
- Antioxidant rich foods are your friend: try a sweet potato hash brown in coconut oil, or turmeric porridge, or maqui powder in a protein smoothie to get some extra nutrient-rich foods in.
- If you can, juice! Also start the day with a juice too. If you’re concerned about time, make a big batch of juice and freeze into ice cubes; these hold nutrients better than simply keeping in the fridge where it will oxidise & thus, deplete the nutritional content. From frozen, pop a few juice cubes in the morning with a little water to defrost. Ta dah!
- Rest: A large meal takes between 4 to 6 hours to digest, give digestion a rest in between meals with no eating or drinking. Small sips of water are ok and a gentle walk during digestion time will also help.
With these easy tips, you’ll remain feeling tip-top this Christmas, leaving you to get on with having fun with friends and family!