Follow these top tips and recipes from naturopath Jodie Langley to help you embrace the social season but take good care of yourself at the same time.
Few would argue that the festive season is the busiest and most stressful time of the year, placing undue strain or our systems and impacting both our emotional and physical health. It’s also a season of over-indulgence, with many of us left carrying a few extra kilos and feeling less than our best.
Nature’s Own Naturopath Jodie Langley acknowledges that for many, Christmas time can be overwhelming and our health is often put on the backburner.
“Unfortunately, when we’re constantly on the go, the first thing we tend to sacrifice is our health regime. When combined with a little seasonal overindulgence, this can have more of a negative impact than it usually would throughout the rest of the year.”
“Diet, sleep and exercise are the three critical components of a healthy lifestyle. But for an added boost - particularly during the silly season when celebrations are in full swing - it’s equally important to cleanse your body from the inside out.”
Jodie’s top five suggestions to help survive the silly season:
- Make a list and check it twice: The best thing you can do to keep your diet in check during the season of excess is to plan your meals. If you’re heading to a party, try having a healthy snack beforehand to help you resist fatty finger food. A simple handful of five-spice pumpkin seeds or dried chickpeas will go a long way to help subdue those deep-fried canapé cravings.
To make five-spice pumpkin seeds simply toss salted seeds with sesame oil and Chinese five spice power then bake at a high heat until crisp.
- Look good, feel good: Waking up to bad hair and dark circles under your eyes is never a good way to start the day. Forget the fake tan, glow from the inside out with foods that are rich in antioxidants like blueberries, kale, plums and tomatoes. Take care of yourself by getting all of your key vitamins A, B, C and D (consider a multi-vitamin) and for extra glowing skin you may want to try a supplement including ingredients such as Rosehip, Watercress, Parsley and Kelp.
Whip up a skin boosting green juice by blending a bunch of kale, a pear, seven carrots, a tub of strawberries and a knuckle of ginger.
- Stress less: While Christmas is meant to be a time for celebration and family fun, it can quite often be extremely stressful. Start the day with oats for breakfast; oats are high in complex carbohydrates which may assist your brain to produce feel good chemical, serotonin. To further combat elevated and often unnecessary levels of stress, try using ingredients such as Rhodiola, B vitamins or Siberian Ginsendy, which can work to help your body adapt to stressful situations and keep you calm.
Jazz up your morning oats with seasonal produce - try adding ½ cup of chopped mango and 2 tablespoons of toasted coconut flakes.
- Break it down: With our busy lifestyles and demanding schedules, we tend to eat highly processed foods which are harder to digest and take longer to breakdown. To curb afternoon snack attacks and boost the digestive process keep fibre rich foods like pistachios or Greek yoghurt on hand. For an added boost, consider a natural supplement containing ingredients such as bromelains, ginger or Fenugreek, which may assist with digestion.
For a fibrous treat which appeals to both the savoury and sweet cravings, cut a small opening in a cup of prunes and stuff with feta - prunes contain 12 grams of fibre in every cup.
- Desk to dance floor ready: After work drinks can often escalate into late nights and by the time the sun comes up, our bodies are left feeling exhausted. To help relieve pain, stiffness and inflammation in your legs, refuel your body with a natural multivitamin and look to include Krill Oil as it can help relieve inflammation of the joints.
If you’re feeling a little stiff from a big night on the dance floor or endless hours Christmas shopping help relieve stiffness by whipping us a healthy juice. Blend five stalks of celery with ½ small head of Bok Choi, one small beet and one apple.
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