Most of us are prone to overeating at Christmas time, and the food we eat can make us feel bloated, tired and windy. It’s easy to get your body feeling normal again with a few food tips.
If you want to detox after overindulging during the Christmas holidays you don’t need to turn to expensive supplements or radical juice diets. Instead you can just make a few sensible changes.
Beat The Bloat
Some of the foods we love to eat at Christmas can make us feel bloated and windy, so the first thing you should do in your post-Christmas detox is to cut down on them. Avoid sprouts, onions, cauliflower, broccoli and beans, and replace them with other fruit and vegetables instead.
Avoid highly refined carbohydrates like white bread, bagels and cereal, as these can make you feel bloated too. Instead, switch to wholegrains, and limit your portions.
Processed food is also bad for bloating, so try to cut out tinned soup and ready-made dinners.
Reduce the amount of fizzy drinks you consume after Christmas to help reduce bloating and wind, and also to cut down on unnecessary sugar.
Eat The Right Foods
Consuming the right food and drink is important if you want to detox after Christmas. It’s good to get back into a normal eating pattern of three meals a day, and set yourself some rules regarding portion sizes.
Protein is good to eat as it makes you feel full for longer than empty calories. Some studies have suggested that salmon and tuna can even help with bloating.
Instead of fizzy drinks opt for unsweetened fruit and vegetable juice (like cranberry juice) and herbal teas (such as peppermint tea). Make sure you also have tap water to stay hydrated. Women should drink 1.6 litres of fluid daily, and men 2 litres.
Eliminate or reduce snacks and alcohol. Don’t reach for the salty crisps, sugary cake or fatty Christmas chocolates just because they are there. Put them away until the next special occasion. The same goes for alcohol – go back to drinking no more than the daily limit.
It’s easy to incorporate these into light meals to help with festive bloat.
- Porridge with blueberries and a few chopped, unsalted walnuts, or
- Scrambled eggs, peanut butter or mashed avocado on wholegrain toast
- A colourful salad with some leftover chicken or turkey added for protein, or
- A tuna or hummus salad sandwich made with wholegrain bread
- Marinated salmon, salad and roast sweet potato, or
- King prawns, baby tomatoes and chilli tossed with wholegrain pasta
- Apple slices, watermelon, a banana, a few raisins, a small portion of nuts or seeds
- Carrot, celery or cucumber sticks with a little hummus or salsa
Take Care Of Yourself
There are also some very simple ways to help your body detox after Christmas.
Exercise can not only make you better, it can clear your head, make you fitter, burn calories, and improve your bowel functions. As many of us meet family and friends over the Christmas holidays it can be a good time of year for a bracing walk with loved ones. You could even get a headstart on New Year’s Resolutions and start a regular exercise. Take a look at our tips for Staying Active in Winter for some suggestions of how to get your body feeling better.
Getting a good night’s sleep is also one of the best things you can do to get your body back to normal after consuming too much and going to bed later than normal. Get between six and nine hours of sleep every night. If you’re finding it hard to sleep, establish a nightly routine, avoid television before bedtime, and cut down caffeine and alcohol in the evening.
What do you do to detox after Christmas?
Silversurfer's Features Editor
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!