What is your mindset for the Christmas season? Are you going to go all out and suffer later? Will you enjoy yourself with just a couple of indulgences? Are you following a food and drink plan that needs to be strictly adhered to? Or are you just going to go with the flow and see what happens?
If you set an intention it is more likely you will stick to the plan. Can you set an intention to have a glass of still or sparkling water between each alcoholic drink? For example: “I intend to drink 4 beers with a water in between each one and some healthy snacks steering clear of the party pies and taking a taxi home”
Regardless of which intention you have, preparation is key for work functions, family BBQ’s, Christmas Day, fun with friends and the inevitable beach picnic.
Here are some tips to help or ponder!
- Plan your drinks and food
- Alcohol contains a lot of kilojoules and these can pile up especially if it’s a long day. Could you change to something more hydrating like a vodka/gin and soda or a vodka and fruit based punch with soda?
- Could you be prepared with light beer instead of heavies?
- Need to take a plate of nibbles? Avoid the fried food, pastry delights and fatty meats. Try keeping the red and green theme with some green pistachio nuts with a sprinkle of organic red cranberries or red capsicum sticks with a green spinach, basil and cashew pesto. Use vegetable sticks, baked red capsicum cups or use zucchini instead of crackers.
- Eat before the party so you won’t be tempted by too many snack foods
- Love Your Liver.
- Have plenty of liver loving foods like the Brassica family which boost the liver’s ability to activate Glutathione and eliminate the toxins we consume and the hormones we have finished with. Try some kale, radish, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collard greens and cabbage to activate your liver enzymes into action! Kick start the liver’s phase two pathway with some warm water and lemon in the morning before breakfast. B-Vitamins increase your energy and help liver metabolism so over the festive season a B-vitamin supplement may help the liver enzymatic pathways to break down and detoxify alcohol.
- To Ponder
- While getting ready for your party night have a think about all the products you are asking your skin to absorb. Shampoo, conditioner, face cleanser, toner, moisturiser, foundation, bronzer, tanning cream, powder, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick (and that’s just the guys!). It’s a scary thought to add up the number of items we have added to our skin over the years, add in some plastic, environmental toxins, top it up with some Christmas cheer and our poor livers are expected to cope with it all at once!
- Love them or not Christmas brings everyone together! It can be a beautiful time together filled with happiness and laughter and it can also be a time for sadness and drama. This year instead of reaching for the bottle or the Roses chocolates to soothe the latest drama, find yourself a spot under a tree or in a quiet broom closet! Close your eyes and relax your jaw. Draw in the breath for 4 seconds, hold it for 7 seconds and release and breathe out for 8 seconds. Repeat for 4 cycles or as many as it takes to refresh yourself and head on back in to the party! Include this in your daily life as a moment of time for yourself in this busy world we live.
- And relax….
- Take time out. If you’ve survived the party and are ready for relaxing, try a simple soak in the bath with detoxifying Epsom salts. Or if you don’t have a bath try a foot soak in a bucket of water. Start small you may only need a ¼ cup per bath at the start and build up to a cup or two once or twice a week. A large box of Epsom salts is only a couple of dollars from the supermarket or pharmacy so a very cheap way to help your body out especially over Christmas. In water Epsom salts break down to Magnesium and Sulphate and these are absorbed through your skin. Without adequate Sulphur, Glucose metabolism becomes defective (by the way the best sulphur foods are eggs, garlic, cabbage and onions). The Magnesium in Epsom Salts helps you relax your muscles and loosen stiff joints. What are you waiting for!
And lastly if you need any ideas to keep the elf on the shelf busy for 24 days, CLICK HERE .Have a wonderful Christmas, be mindful, be safe and have a happy healthy holiday break.
Vicki Morley is the In-House Nutritional Medicine Practitioner at Fairlight Chiropractic. She has a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine from the Endeavour College of Natural Health. Vicki believes in keeping up to date with all things nutrition and has furthered her training as an NLP practitioner and a GAPS practitioner. Vicki enjoys working with all aspects of natural health and is a firm believer in functional medicine and that we need to treat the whole person. She believes that every individual is unique and she inspires her clients to achieve their optimal health and wellbeing. CLICK HERE for more details and appointments