This is just a brief blog post to say
THANK YOU and MERRY CHRISTMAS
to all my readers and to leave you with a few tips on how to stay healthy this weekend.
Start the start with a breakfast that contains healthy fats and proteins instead of simple carbohydrates. Starting the day with a healthy options means you’re more likely to make healthier choices for the rest of the day and you won’t rock up to Christmas lunch ravishing and ready to dig into a bowl of chips. Its going to be a scorcher of a day in Adelaide (40 degrees Celsius) so I’ll probably be skipping by usual eggs, broth and veggies and reaching for a green smoothie instead.
Head out for an early morning walk (to beat the heat) or encourage the family to join you for a stroll after the meal if you don’t feel like engaging in an intense workout that day. Not only will a bit of activity (likely) make you feel better about a bit of indulging, but it will also support digestion and help regulate blood sugar levels.
Crowd in to crowd out
If you load up your plate with the healthier options there is less room for the less healthy options. I recommend including lots of vegetables, some healthy fats, good quality proteins and a side of fermented vegetables (sauerkraut) to supply enzymes and good bacteria to improve your digestion. And on that note try not to get into the trap of coming back for seconds (unless you are genuinely hungry) and thirds which is all too easy to do at this time of the year.
Eyes too big for your belly
To promote healthy stomach acid production, consume 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with half a glass of warm water before a meal. The production of stomach acid will help break down the proteins in the meal and prevent the post meal bloat. And if you do end up eating something that doesn’t agree with you, I find a drop or 2 of doterra’s digestion essential oil blend (called digestzen), diluted in coconut oil and rubbed on the navel, works wonders at calming an upset tummy. Alternatively drinking a cup of peppermint tea can help.
Put your fork down
This tip isn’t so that you can fit in more dessert, rather it’s a reminder that it takes approximately 20 minutes for our brain to react to the cues that we are full. Be mindful of this and eat your meal slowly and if you feel tempted to go back for seconds, have a 20 minute break before going back for more.
At this time of the year, the cocktails are being served in abundance and its not uncommon to ‘crack a cold one’ (is that so Aussie?) but when I say ‘stay hydrated’ I don’t mean with alcohol (with is actually a diuretic) but with water. You can give your liver a bit of support by starting each day with a glass of warm water and the juice of half a lemon and if you do choose to drink alcohol, then alternate it with a glass of water. If plain water doesn’t interest you, mix it up by adding some slices of fresh fruit and mint leaves or drinking soda water with a drop of doterra lime or grapefruit essential oil.
And on that note
I hope you all have a great festive weekend.