Top Nutrition Tips for a Health Filled Christmas Day 🎄🎅
Christmas is a time of fun, laughter and often indulgence in some very yummy foods. Often these foods are not the best for us and can leave us feeling fatigued and bloated, cause headaches, reflux and poor sleep and put extra stress on our liver. Here are some top nutrition tips to make sure you are supporting your body during the Christmas period (without missing out on the yummy food..!!)
1. Make sure to eat a nutrient rich breakfast! Breakfast is super important particularly if you will be enjoying yummy treats like chocolate, gingerbread, candy canes and more throughout the day! Setting up your Christmas day right, will make sure your energy, gut and liver will love you as the day progresses. Some great breakfast options include: scrambled eggs on spelt sourdough with avocado, buckwheat pancakes with stewed cinnamon apples or a coconut yoghurt parfait layered with fresh berries, activated nuts & seeds and sprinkled with cacao nibs.
2. Take a digestive enzyme prior to each meal to give your digestion a helping hand to handle all the Christmas turkey, ham & pudding! The Herbs of Gold Digest-Zymes are great enzyme to have on hand and work well to improve digestion, relieve reflux and prevent bloating.
3. Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day! If you are celebrating your Christmas with alcohol and or soft drink, this can be extremely dehydrating, make your liver sluggish and cause fatigue and headache the next day. Aim to drink at least 1.5-2L of water during the day- or have a small glass of water after every alcoholic drink! Remember, drink responsibly this Christmas!
4. Don't forget to add a side of vegetables to your Christmas lunch or dinner! Think yummy honey roasted carrots, beetroot fetta salad, pan fried green beans in olive oil. Your vegetable sides don't need to boring, experiment and make them super tasty! Vegetables are a great source of fibre, antioxidants, and specific minerals to support digestion, liver health and reduce inflammation.
5. Replace the sugar in your baking, treats etc for more natural versions which are lower in calories but also won't spike your blood sugar as high! Try things like brown rice malt syrup, agave syrup, stevia, monk fruit extract or xylitol.
By: Meg, Clinical Nutritionist (BHSc & MHumNut)
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