Top Tips for a healthy festive season:
Office parties, family gatherings & celebrations with friends can play havoc with healthy intentions.
Over indulgence of party foods & alcohol can cause bloating, indigestion, weight gain, and feeling sluggish.
So, here’s how to stay healthy & enjoy the festive season!
- Never go out feeling hungry:
Enjoy a protein shake or fruit & vegetable smoothie before you go out – or if you are going from office to party simply buy a readily available smoothie.
Smoothies are easy to digest & will prevent those cravings for alcohol or snacks as soon as you arrive.
- Choose your drinks wisely:
Drink water in between every alcoholic drink.
Choose a healthy non – alcoholic option such as elder flower, or low sugar cocktail.
Ask your-self: do you simply ‘need a glass in your hand’ – for many people – it is simply a hand – mouth habit!
Drink mindfully – to avoid extra calories & weight gain.
- Choose you food wisely:
Mixing too many different food types will make digestion difficult for many people.
Bloating, indigestion, constipation & gas are all signs of poor digestion.
Avoid mixing different carbohydrates (rice, bread, pasty, potatoes)
Enjoy – plenty of vegetables, & crudities.
- Eat mindfully!
It can be very difficult to eat slowly & mindfully, when out socialising!
If you are anxious, nervous or even excited – you will not be digesting well .
So limit your portions to avoid bloating, & weight gain.
- Fast forward!
Do you habitually over indulge & feel rubbish following day?
If this is you – make a habit of visualising the occasion before you go.
Be aware of the consequences – if you overindulge.
Feeling bloated, weight gain, & sluggish the next day.
Visualise a plan of what you are going to drink /eat and recognise the temptations.
Have a plan before you go out!
- A little help?
If your digestion is not great – you may need a little help.
Alcohol, age, and stress can all deplete essential enzymes necessary for good digestion.
Consider adding in digestive enzymes to help you through the festive season