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How to get back on track after Christmas


Are you feeling tired, sluggish and bloated? Even a few days of indulgence can make us feel like this. If you're ready to get back on track have a read of my top tips to start feeling energised and get out of that overeating rut:

  • Firstly don’t feel you need to eat all the Christmas leftovers. Eating food just because it’s there is just as wasteful as throwing it away. Your body is not a bin! Think about giving away those additional mince pies or even better donate them to a food bank

  • Saying ‘no’ isn’t selfish. You can’t be or feel your best when you’re burnt out and exhausted and this isn’t a good way to start 2021. So don’t feel pressurised into having that additional drink or treat. Plan ahead and decide when you're going to indulge and when you’re going to be more mindful about what you’re eating.

  • Don't deny yourself - denying yourself of all the foods you love after the Christmas overindulgence can be really tough. In fact if we tell ourselves not to have a certain food that can often be the very food we can't stop thinking about. Plus life can be very boring if we can't have the foods we love. So if you fancy some chocolate have some but just not the whole bar! Break off a few squares from the bar, put the rest away and then enjoy what you have.

  • If you’ve been focusing on the beige foods (crisps, cakes, biscuits) get back into prioritising veg. Load up your plate with veg first rather than adding it as a garnish and go for a variety to benefit from all the different plant chemicals and fibres.

  • Give your body a break by resting your digestive system. Try to leave 4-5 hours in between meals and aim for a 12 hour overnight fast. If you eat a meal late in the evening have breakfast the following day at a later time.

  • Drink plenty of water and then drink some more! Even a few days of overeating and drinking alcohol can leave us dehydrated. Water has many important benefits including helping the body to detoxify, so have water available at all times. As a reminder try to drink a glass each time you’ve been to the toilet.

  • And finally, it's important to know that stress puts your body in fat storage mode so factor in relaxation time!

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy 2021

Julia Young Nutrition T: 0771 589 0894

Disclaimer: Nutritional Therapy is not a replacement for medical advice, practitioners always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. The information provided here is general and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any diseases or conditions.

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