5 tips to support your digestive system
(during the christmas period)
Nope, this is not an article about eating less during Christmas, not drinking alcohol or counting your calories.
Christmas is the time to enjoy your food, drink with your loved ones, be present and indulge in those post-dinner ferrero rochers… WITHOUT GUILT.
Now, we all agree that being healthy isn’t a part time affair. Our health is the most precious thing we have, so it should always be a top priority in our lifestyle.
The question is: How do we go through the christmas period without throwing all of our efforts out of the window?
Here are 5 effective and easy nutrition tips that will support your digestive system, and help your body detoxify easier during the christmas period
1-Bone Broth– Make a huge batch of bone broth and save some in the freezer! Bone Broth is full of collagen and will help your gut heal and power through the christmas period. Gulp 1 cup a day preferably in the morning or at lunch! There are tons of recipes out on internet but here is my simplified one
Left over Chicken/Duck Bones or Beef Bones from Butcher, 2 Carrots, 1 Onion, 3 garlic bulbs, 1 Celery, Fresh Thym, Generous amount of Apple Cider Vinegar. Chuck it all in your slow cooker and cover with Water. Let it cook at low for at least 24h then Strain it through a mesh and discard the veg and crumbled bones. Pour in a glass jar and Keep it refrigerated for 5 days or freeze it for longer.
2-Green Powder (Chlorella)– Our bodies vital needs includes an array of minerals we can only find in green leafy plants. But during the celebrations, Kale isn’t exactly what we eat most. So, what you can do to up your greens intake is have a spoon a day of Chlorella or mixed green powder in a glass of water or fresh juice 30min before your meal.
This way you’re also supporting your liver detoxify the bottle of red you had the previous night… ahaha
3- Nettle, Peppermint, Fennel herbs. You get home late after a work party, or a christmas dinner, you feel full…pop some mixed digestive herbs in boiling water and let it brew for 5min…. Sit in the sofa and drink slowly. (Using dry or fresh herbs will be much more efficient than store bought tea bags). Most health food stores stock fresh herbs.
4- Raw Apple cider Vinegar is also great especially if you suffer with acid reflux. Taking 1 spoon of ACV in a small glass of water, before your meal, will help you a great deal! I use ACV regularly especially when holidaying in Italy! #pastalife
5- Intermittent Fasting . The Best time to do intermittent fasting is evening to morning– I do this pretty much all year long- I like living a clear 12h in between my dinner and my breakfast. That way my digestive system has plenty of time to do his work, detox and reset. That means eating dinner earlier, or making sure you first meal of the day is at least 12h after the previous one. You can drink water and warm herbal teas. When I have a heavy dinner, the next morning I have my first meal at 12. I just make sure I stay hydrated through the morning and stay away from high intensity activities.
If you are pregnant, suffer with low blood pressure, anaemia or similar health issues, DO NOT DO intermittent fasting without the support of your doctor or health professional.
May your christmas be filled with good food, great conversations and lifetime memories with your loved ones
Have a great end of year celebrations my friend