So we’ve all eaten too much and feel blah. Or maybe you don’t feel blah but are keen to nourish your body a little more this year (and perhaps lay low on picking at so many desserts!)
Plus, it’s so easy to go overboard with all the food around Christmas time –right? It’s seriously just stands there staring at you…waiting to be eaten. But now, it kind of feels like we should all get back to normal. Christmas time is fun, we can all go a little cray with the food/drinks but it probably won’t leave us feeling the best if we just keep over-eating this way.
(Although imagine a world where bad food was good for us and good food bad for us…#whataworld).
Anyway, whether you’ve gone overboard with the salty food, sweet food – or a combination of both (with cocktails to boot!) below are a few easy ways to nourish your body and help you feel less blah and more yaaaaaa!
Forgive and forget
Firstly we’ve all eaten something ‘bad’ this festive season. It happens, but we need to get over it. Forgive your body and forget all the naughty. Let’s move on. Plus, your body will totally know if you stress about it too much.
Fiona Tuck, Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, says when we overeat its best not to panic “Simply get back on track but do not use overeating as an excuse for ‘well I’ve blown it now and may as well carry on’. We often beat ourselves up and send ourselves into a downward spiral of negative thinking which can lead to more feelings of guilt and overeating. Enjoy what you have eaten and get back on track with exercise and healthy eating.
“One splurge is not going to undo years of healthy eating. It’s the things we do every day over a long period of time that have the long term effects on our health. After a day of overeating, try and eat a little lighter the next day with big plates of salads and vegetables and go lighter on the fatty meats, dairy and grains.”
Get back into routine
The festive period is all about parties, fun and food. It’s meant to be enjoyed and even though some of us may have enjoyed it a little more than others, once it’s over it helps to get back into a healthy routine.
Make time to move your body and time to buy and prep healthier meals. All of these things will pay off in the long run. Fiona Tuck says an easy way to get back into a healthier routine is to start by going for a long walk or to try a yoga class. “Yoga helps detoxify the body and aids digestion and elimination. Twisting asanas can help to alleviate bloating and heaviness,” Fiona says. Additionally, eating light is something she says will help us feel better too.
“Christmas can be full of rich foods such as dairy, sugar, meats and alcohol. Cut these back and look for fresh salads, vegetables and lighter protein options such as chicken and fish. And go green. Green juices and smoothies help cleanse the system easing the load on the liver and reducing acidic waste.”
Look after you
The easiest way to look after your body is to look after you. Make time for yourself, clean out your pantry and book yourself in for a massage. Realistically, just take every day one step at a time.
“Go for a massage. Massage can help to decrease fluid retention and energise the body leaving us calm and revitalised,” Fiona says. “And have a clean out. Clear out the pantry of Christmas leftovers such as cake, mince pies, ham, chips and chocolates. Fill your fridge with nutritious fresh produce and clear away any temptations. If you have a fridge full of healthy food you will be more likely to eat it. If you have Christmas leftovers hanging around you will be likely to eat those too!
“Also don’t compare yourself with others. Comparing yourself with others only leads to self-doubt and low self-esteem. Be kind to yourself and congratulate yourself for any positive changes you may make, no matter how small they may seem,” Fiona says.
Tell us, what do you do to help yourself feel better after you've eaten too much?