For many, the weeks leading to Christmas and into the New Year are filled with lots of social functions to attend. Which are fun of course but it also often means more exposure (and eating of) festive foods which are generally laden with yummy fat, sugar & salt. Couple this with increased alcohol or soft drink intake and we very soon tip over into excess eating and craving for more of this food.
I’m the first to advocate a time for celebration with feasting and conviviality, because I believe it is a measure of a balanced, joyous and enriched life.
The Christmas season is a traditional time for feasting and I believe it is very important to preserve and practise our cultural traditions with family and friends.
You may have noticed that all major milestones, rituals and celebrations in our lives involve people special to us and foods prepared with loving intention.
But the problem isn’t Christmas feasting per se; it’s the increased amount of rich festive food and alcohol we are consuming over the many weeks leading to Christmas and then continuing this feasting into the New Year and over Summer.
If we are not careful, we will reach the end of the season with unwanted weight gain, digestive disturbances, compromised sleep, low tolerance levels, poor energy and lowered vitality.
Is this a pattern you’ve experienced before?
So how can you protect your liver, your digestive system and your energy levels so you can thrive and enjoy the Festive Season but still bounce into 2020?
Follow our “80:20” Guide
That is, enjoy the festivities and all that this brings but balance this with healthy habits and routines and a little extra support for your body.
The idea of the Festive Season 80:20 guide is to support the body during the festive season. It’s not about avoiding social situations or partaking in social indulging.
It’s about the 80:20 guide – eating well for 80 percent of the time and enjoying feasting and celebrating 20 percent of the time if you want to.
It’s about supporting the liver, alkalising the body and supporting the digestive system in a time of excess load on the body.
It’s about following healthy eating habits for the 80% to ensure that you getting adequate amount of the right foods to keep you healthy, vital and energised this Festive Season
Because here’s the thing… if you keep on doing the same things you can only expect the same results. If you want a different Christmas experience this year then it is up to you to choose to do things differently.
Extra Support for your Body in a Time of Excess Load
Like any excess load, whether it is excess stress, illness, excess physical activity or excess workload, it is ideal to support the body so it can function optimally.
3 simple things to do for that extra ‘Festive Season’ support
Tip No. 1: Support your Liver
In the Festive Season, more often than not, your liver is burdened with an added array of toxins (alcohol, rich, fatty foods and sugars) that it needs to detoxify, render harmless and safely excrete from the body.
The problem is, if we bombard our body with added toxins, fats and sugars, and we are deficient in the nutrients that help our body process and remove these substances, then our detoxification processes will be compromised. This results in toxins being stored in our tissues or being pushed back into our bloodstream causing fatigue, weakened immune function, poor memory, foggy head, lowered mood, sensitivity to foods and damage to our cells
Our Top-Pick herbs and nutrients to look for in good liver support supplements include:
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum (Milk thistle), Schisandra chinenesis, Cynara scolymus (Globe artichoke), Curcuma longa (turmeric), Brassica olearacea (Broccoli sprout powder), Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion root), Bupleurum falcatum, Cysteine, Taurine, Glutathione, Inositol, Choline bitartrate
Including these will ensure support both phases of liver detoxification and gall bladder are being supported.
Tip No. 2: Support your Digestive System
Excess sugar and fat can totally disrupt gut function and gut flora. Strains such as candida actually flourish on sugar which means it multiplies at a faster rate than other strains which causes an imbalance and symptoms.
So it is important to supplement with a quality probiotic this time of year to keep your microbiome optimal and digestive system in check
Our favorite Probiotics are:
Ultrabiotic 45 or Ultrabiotic 60
Tip No. 3: Alkalise your Body
Festive food and drink tends to be very acidic so it pays to stay alkalised this time of year. Alkalising or ‘balancing the pH of your body’ will provide your body with a wonderful level of nutrition that it can use to maintain optimum health and lots of energy and vitality.
‘Staying Alkalised’ can also enhance toxin excretion as well as prevent disease.
For Alkalising we can’t go past:
- Aminoplex clear, Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley or Wheat grass
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