Is your gut ready for Santa?
Have you thought about how you will take care of your gut over the festive season?
This time of year is notorious for end of year parties, too much food, too much alcohol and for many people a big increase in stress. That can be challenging enough for any of us, through a chronic illness into the mix and the feelings of overwhelm can be huge.
Do you know what I mean?
At this time of the year, it is more important than ever to take care of your health and wellbeing.
The best way to do that is to have a plan that works for you and your unique circumstances. Here are our top tips for enjoying Christmas while maintaining your health and wellbeing.
Eat before you go
If you have a work function or family event where you know that you may not be able to eat the food because of your unique needs, then make sure you don’t arrive to the event hungry. Have something you really enjoy before you go. And, make it something special so you don’t feel like you are missing out during the event.
Bring your own
Heading to someone’s house to celebrate? There is nothing better than sharing this time of year with those who are special to you. Offer to bring along one or two dishes for everyone to share so that you can be sure you have something to eat. Don’t make food an issue. Relax and enjoy yourself. Some of my favourite take along simple meals are – roast a chicken or turkey yourself and make your own grain free gravy with the juices and a bit of tapioca flour to thicken, a big green salad filled with your favourite vegetables and a dressing on the side with olive oil, celtic sea salt, a dash of honey and Dijon mustard and some apple cider vinegar. And you can’t go past some dairy free chocolate mouse or molten lava cakes for dessert!
Enjoy a drink
If you really can’t get through Christmas without at least one celebratory alcoholic drink, then steer clear of wine or champagne. The fermented by products and the added sulfates wreak havoc on your fragile gut. You could try a gin and soda – completely grain and sugar free. My favourite for the occasional tipple is Bombay Sapphire Eastern Spices Blend.
You can also make some delicious flavoured mineral water. Add some chopped fresh fruit to a jug of mineral water. Or, make your own iced tea with your favourite tea blend mixed with mineral or soda water. We really enjoy liquorice and mint or lemon grass and ginger iced tea.
And, there is always a fresh turmeric latte, dandelion root coffee, homemade chai latte. With many off the shelf combinations available if you don’t want to make your own.
Probably the most important thing to do at this time of the year is to make sure you take at least a little time to nurture yourself. What is it that recharges you and gives you energy? For some it may be spending time with friends, for others time alone in nature gives them energy, going for a walk, knitting, reading a few pages of your favourite book, a quite cup of tea. What ever it is that quietens the noise in your head and the panic in your gut – do that. Constant stress is worse for your gut than any food choices that you can make.
And if all else fails, be kind to yourself, enjoy the people that matter most to you and begin 2019 ready to get on top of your illness, get more energy and rewrite your story by joining one of our programs launching in February.
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