Eat more of the good stuff
With Christmas time comes food, and lots of it. When there are dinners, snacks and drinks constantly flowing, you need to take care of your body. Having yoghurt for breakfast and adding some fresh ginger in your tea will help to rebalance the body and reduce bloating.
Make Christmas dinner one meal
The festive period starts early. We see the shelves stocked with Christmas produce nearly a month before the big day, so it is easy to get lost in the excitement. But what is important to remember, is that it isn’t a month long holiday (as much as many of us wish it was!). You are able to enjoy your festive family dinner, but keep it to Christmas and Boxing Day, not the lead up. The trick is to be prepared. If you are going to really treat yourself, you will most likely feel quite lethargic and somewhat bloated after such a feast.
Balance and slow down
Fill your plate with roasted veggies, steamed greens and turkey. If you want a taste of the condiments, limit yourself to a tablespoon of sweet potato, gravy and stuffing, rather than piling it on. Choosing fibre-rich, plant-based produce will promote digestion.
Savour each bite and enjoy your colourful plate. As much as you want to embrace the excitement and shovel the food in, take your time.
Take a walk
Taking a family walk before your Christmas dinner isn’t to burn calories, but to increase your blood flow. Walking before a heavy meal will boost your circulatory system, improving the gastric emptying. If you aren’t keen on dragging the whole family on a long walk, go alone. Getting some exercise in the morning will set you up to feel healthy all day. If you are planning a walk after dinner however, don’t push it. Exercising on a full stomach can lead to nausea and discomfort.