Getting back into the swing of things after Christmas?
Struggling to get yourself out of the Christmas blowout slump? After all the Christmas parties, food, alcohol and the New Year’s parties it can be hard to get back on the health wagon. Don’t worry, you’ll get there. Here are our tips to moving back to healthy habits.
Even the healthiest people can get sucked into the festive spirit of over-indulging. Whether it was chocolate, sweets, coffee, a few big weekends or a lack of exercise, chances are you aren’t feeling as fresh as a daisy. Let’s ease back in from today…
Don’t expect to jump straight into those habits.
Our approach is to take it slow, your body needs time to catch up and recover. What was your weakness over the holiday break? Let’s use chocolate as an example. Chocolate is addictive and usually because of the high amount of sugar in it. To cut it all out at once will leave you feeling burnt out, tired, moody and most likely looking for a hit of the sweet brown stuff. It’s time to do some weaning.
There are a few ways to approach this and I guess it depends on how far you went over the holidays. If it was a minor blowout but still feeling the wee urge for chocolate try making some protein balls with a date base using raw cacao and a chocolate protein powder, these should be enough to satisfy your cravings.
On the other hand, if you went really crazy and were eating chocolate every day for breakfast lunch and dinner, cut down to 2 squares of chocolate per day for a week then every third day and then opt for a small amount of dried fruit thereafter and keep chocolate down to a minimum. Doing it this way will stop the withdrawals and will teach you about moderation.
Work on your gut.
Diets high in sugar and alcohol can cause a big disruption to the health of your gut, which you may be feeling in the form of bloating, gassiness, constipation, diarrhoea or even skin breakouts. Alcohol and sugar feed our bad gut bacteria which will deplete our good bacteria.
When your gut bacteria is out of whack your immune system is lowered, your energy will be depleted and your cravings will worsen. There are some simple ways to get your gut back to health…
The easiest way to take a good quality multi-strain probiotic. Some brands out there will only supply you with one or two types of bacteria, in reality, you need several which all have different jobs in the body.
Our favourite way is to add in probiotic foods into our diet. Fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, pot set yoghurt and kefir are fantastic ways help replace your good gut bugs and remove the bad guys. Introduce probiotic foods slowly, if you get a little bit of bloating or some gas don’t worry, it’s completely normal – just let your body get used to it.
Alkalise your body.
Sugar and alcohol make our bodies super acidic. In an acidic state, our body is more susceptible to illness, fatigue and inflammation. First thing first…go back to step 1 and work on reducing sugars and alcohol in your diet, this alone will make a huge difference.
Anything green is high in the phytonutrient (plant nutrient) chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a fantastic alkaliser and blood cleanser because its chemical structure is very similar to human blood. So get those greens into you any way you can!
If you want to take things to the next level add 5mls of liquid chlorophyll to your water – this will supercharge your chlorophyll intake helping you to alkalise and cleanse your body faster.
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