How to stay vibrant and healthy this Christmas: no abstinence required!
December is a time when healthy food and plenty of sleep can get pushed to the wayside.
Here is a brief reminder of some of the things we can do to practise just a wee bit of self care to keep us smiling like Santa and not scowling like Scrooge this year!
- Nibble on olives at buffets or “the day after.” Olives contain compounds related to those found in Ibuprofen, ie they’re great anti-inflammatories. Hangovers are thought to be in part due to elevated inflammatory markers.
- Make sure you don’t stand near the buffet table all night at a “do.”. You’ll only pick mindlessly. Choose some interesting things, ideally with some protein in, put on your plate and start up a conversation elsewhere.
- If you know that once you start on the crisps, you won’t be able to stop, then don’t start.. Walk away – you’re stronger than a deep fried over-heated bit of potato. (ok, so a little bit of abstinence here it’s true!)
- Get the Nutribullet (or such like) out for the mornings. Pack it with spinach, celery, pineapple chunks, ginger, lime, pumpkin seeds and coconut water if you’re feeling a bit jaded. This is packed full of electrolytes (so really hydrating), B vitamins, anti-inflammatory Bromelain, vitamin C, zinc and some B vits. This is immune boosting, energy giving and nutrient dense. Serve it with a boiled or scrambled egg and you’ll be set for the day.
- Chop up a load of veg in advance and keep in fridge. As nibbles put them out on a plate with a dip like houmous or babaganoush. It looks pretty, tastes great and is providing you with a heap of nutrients.
- If you suffer from bloating, 10 minutes before large meals, have a tbsp. of apple cider vinegar in some water. This will help you to digest the feast you’re about to tuck into. Don’t forget to chew really well.
- Tuck into turkey! It’s high in tryptophan, an amino acid that gets turned into serotonin and melatonin in the body, thus helping us sleep and supporting our mood. Make a fabulous soup/bone broth from the carcass when you’ve finally had it all – your gut will love all the properties from the bones.
- Choose champagne over vodka and cranberry! Bubbles have around 1 tsp of sugar per glass – vodka and cranberry around 7.5!!! It’s the mixers that are the killer – G and Ts have about 4, so that’s a bit better (and in my opinion totally worth it, every now and then….shhhhh!). I would go for full sugar over full sweeteners!
- Make some yummy healthy truffles from coconut oil, dates and raw cacao. See \https://edinburghclinicofnutrition.com/2016/03/26/easter-chocolate-truffles/ Have as chocolate alternatives. They usually receive a very warm welcome!
- Be kind to yourself. Enjoy the foods and drink you ever so slightly overindulge in, just don’t make them a new everyday routine. Stress is one of the biggest problems for our health, so be easy on yourself and have a very wonderful Christmas and New Year!