Christmas survival guide

How to indulge without feeling ill

Tis the season to be jolly…and eat and drink to excess! Christmas is a wonderfully social time of year, a time for sharing and giving, meeting and eating, treats and temptation. I am definitely NOT here to tell you to avoid all the naughty treats, after all bucks fizz and croissants are a delightful way to start Christmas Day, but to save you entering the New Year feeling as if you need another holiday to recover, have a read of these festive tips.

Preparation and moderation are the words to repeat. Indulge but don’t overindulge. Our digestive system takes a bit of a battering at this time of year as we tend to eat larger quantities of rich food and ignore the full messages our stomach sends us. This can lead to bloating, gas and constipation – hardly gifts we want to receive!

Here are a few tips to help you look after your digestive health during the festive season:

 

  1. Line your stomach – let’s be realistic and start with alcohol. Drinking on an empty stomach irritates the stomach lining which can not only be uncomfortable but also means the alcohol is absorbed much quicker (sounds fun but you can soon feel liverish). Filling up on a protein rich breakfast, for example smoked salmon and eggs or porridge with blueberries will help.
  2. Hydration -consider starting the day with a hot water and lemon which is a lovely support for the large intestine in purging the effects of the day before. Alternate every alcoholic beverage with a glass of water, or at least try to have a glass of water every couple of hours. Embrace French style and have a glass of water with every caffeinated drink.
  3. Support your liver – milk thistle is a marvellous support for the liver which is breaking down toxins and packaging them up to be excreted from the body. Water, fresh air and fruit juice are great ways to soothe a hangover.
  4. Remember your fruit and vegetables – they are a great source of fibre and huge support to the elimination phase. Eating these will also provide much needed nutrients and antioxidants, help balance blood sugar levels and allow you to fill up on nutritious food, with space for snacks on top.
  5. Food triggers – cake, cream, croissants are not only delicious but also contain the most popular food triggers of sugar, dairy and wheat, how annoying. Pay attention to your gut and be aware of what irritates it. Wheat is a trigger for me having spent years with IBS so I avoid it where I can to reduce inflammatory markers so if I eat a small amount, e.g. in stuffing, it won’t have as big an impact as a bunch of mince pies.
    1. Digestive enzymes are a complete essential in my book. Taking 2 before my main meal helps my body prepare to break down the food more quickly and stops me feeling bloated.
    2. Cleanse Fibre Blend from Neal’s Yard Remedies is a lifesaver packed full of fibre to support the large intestine. Sprinkle onto porridge, cereal or whizz up in a smoothie to help keep things regular.
  6. Keep moving – exercise will stimulate the digestive and endocrine system, help regulate the bowels and soothe our minds. A short afternoon stroll while the lunch is cooking will suffice.
  7. Sleep – give in and switch off for restorative sleep. It is tempting to stay up all night watching Christmas films but remember to allow the body time to recover overnight and process the excess of the day.
  8. Emotional support – being with our families often sees us revert back into parent/child/squabbling sibling roles. Be mindful of this and try to allow some time (a walk perhaps) just with your partner or children away from the wider family to keep the balance.

Finally, relax and enjoy! Don’t panic if you’ve eaten one too many portions of Christmas pudding, just enjoy and remember that tomorrow is another day.

If it helps, pop Saturday 13th January in your diary for a Kickstart Your Health workshop of cleansing advice, smoothie making and goal setting.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Christmas x

Diary dates: 13th January Kickstart Your Health workshop – more details on the events page

 

 

 

 

 

VITAMINS AND MINERALS

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WHY DO WE NEED TO TAKE VITAMINS AND MINERALS?

Last week, I was invited to give a talk to the Butterfly course at StudioBelle last sharing some basic information about vitamins and minerals and when you might need them. I’m sharing some of the highlights below in the hope it helps you understand when and why you might need a nutritional top-up.

 

 

 

WHY AND WHEN TO USE THEM

Supplements – they literally supplement and complement your life style. Use them as a top-up to help maintain optimum vitamin and mineral levels.

 

BUT WHY WOULD YOU NEED A TOP UP?

Always times when our body needs a helping hand. Whether it be knowing there are lots of germs flying around and reaching for the Vitamin C and Echinacea, or knowing that you’re juggling multiple things and need an energy boost with some vitamin B.

Mineral and vitamin levels in foods have decreased over the years hence rise in organic farming. Selenium for example is a mineral previously abundant but now virtually untraceable in soil used to grow your vegetables.

Eating a healthy rainbow diet full of protein, fruit and vegetables is a great way to kick start your health. Increasing your water intake (yes I know you must hear it all the time but as our body is made up of 70% water it is rather vital!) is a great way of maintain healthy cells.

Fun fact: did you know that you can survive for a few weeks without food but only a few days without water?

 

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ARE THEY ALL THE SAME?

Unfortunately not – that would make life too easy!

To ensure you get the maximum benefit and cost efficiency, try to look for the purest form available, ideally in a food soluble variety to allow maximum absorption. This may mean a change from your traditional high street brands but I am confident you will see a difference.

I recommend 5 high quality companies:

Neals Yard     Cytoplan       Nutri Advanced     Metabolics       BioCare

Very happy to help you choose the best supplements for you, just contact me.

 

WATCH OUT FOR:

There are some ‘fillers’ that are best to watch out for:

  • Bulking agents – to top up the content of the pills or capsules
  • Binders – used to stick ingredients together in a tablet
  • Anti-caking agents – to stop the ingredients clogging up machines
  • Carriers – to maintain a powder consistency
  • Coatings – to make swallowing easy
  • Preservatives – to save ingredients from spoiling
  • Emulsifiers – to bind water to fats
  • Colours – to look more appealing to the consumer
  • Flavours – to alter the taste, even in tablets that are swallowed whole
  • Sweeteners – to add flavour. Look for words ending in -“ose”

 

SO WHAT I SHOULD USE FOR HOW I AM FEELING?

Below is a little list I’ve created to give you an idea of the vitamins and minerals that often show up with these conditions. It’s not an exhaustive list but hopefully it gives you an idea of what to look for. Please note, I am not recommending you take all of them, but do some research yourself and have a think about which elements you feel would be appropriate. Also please do check with a health practitioner if you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking medication.

Want to know what could help you? Kinesiology can help you with nutritional testing, assessing your body and identifying areas  that could do with some support. If you would like to have your vitamin and mineral levels checked with Kinesiology testing, do get in touch.

 

BASIC HEALTH:

Good starting point: Multi mineral and vitamins, fish oils

STRESSFUL LIVES:

Vit B, zinc

‘Adrenal support ‘ (B5, selenium, chromium, kelp) NB: Do not take additional B vitamins with this

TIREDNESS:

B vits

Adrenal support

Fish oils with Co Q10 (for energy)

PMS

Calcium

B6

Magnesium

Maca powder

Herbal: Agnus Castus

IBS SYMPTOMS:

Probiotics

Digestive enzymes

Avoid trigger foods

FEELING LOW:

Vit D

Fish Oils

Multi min and vit
Selenium

SUGAR CRAVINGS

Vit C

Chromium

Tapping and positive statements e.g. I feel better if I eat healthier food.

MENOPAUSE:

Multi (B,C E)

Calcium

Vit D

Fish Oils

Co Q10 (for energy)

Herbal:

Black cohosh

St Johns Wort

Aromatherapy Womens Balance

OVERINDULGING OVER XMAS:

Digestive enzymes

Vit B for energy

Vit C and zinc for immune system

Milk thistle for to help your liver!

 

 

 Health disclaimer: this is general advice please do consult with a health practitioner if you have any existing medical condition or are on medication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tired but wired? Help your adrenals

I’m a bit odd as I seriously LOVE the adrenal glands! As someone who unconsciously abused and depleted them for years, I’m more in tune with their protest signs these days and do try to help them and switch off when I can.

Here’s a beautiful article on how to naturally fuel your body to balance your hormones and support your adrenals.

I love the writers closing sentence that she felt like a ‘moral failure’ with adrenal fatigue symptoms because she’s a Doctor! I remember hearing that my Kinesiologist was unwell once and I thought the earth had stopped spinning – how could she possibly be unwell when she lived such a healthy lifestyle? Then I remembered: she was human. Just like the rest of us.

We can only do ever our best. We are not infallible but if we can try to do something to help our body every day rather than just stress it further, then give yourself a big high five!

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Years of battling with glandular fever, M.E. and then my stubborness to work and play as hard as a ‘normal’ 20something in London meant my poor adrenals never really got they support they needed and I was definitely tired but wired. I was constantly burnt out, had a ‘faulty battery charger’ where sleep never fully refreshed me and ironically struggled to switch off and get a good nights sleep. I now understand I was too wired to sleep. My adrenals were in overdrive, my hormones (and periods) disrupted and I was stuck on a loop de loop rollercoaster.

Having thought I had recovered from M.E. I was disappointed to think I was only ever going to be at 70% energy levels UNTIL I started to LISTEN to how I was feeling. Over the course of a few months (ahem, really years), I headed all the lifestyle advice and started to pay attention to my diet. I didn’t just feed my body plaster food such as caffeine and chocolate to keep going but slowly introduced healthier, slow release snacks (humous, carrots and rye bread were a favourite).

Here’s some really helpful advice on what to fuel your body with to give your adrenals a break (or a big hug to say thanks for keeping me going).

Enjoy x

 

 

Make-up that is good for your skin

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As a fan of natural skincare, I’ve started looking at what goes into my make-up. I’m struggling with some congested pores at the moment (nice!) and along with increasing hydration and cutting back on trigger foods, I’ve been working hard with my skin care routine using a mixture of the Palmarosa, Rose and Frankincense NYR ranges. I don’t want to them undo all my hardwork by putting a toxic load of pore clogging chemicals on my face!

I tried out the NYRO range last week and couldn’t believe how GOOD it felt on my skin. It didn’t feel heavy and honestly like my skin was BREATHING throughout the day. Plus using Palmarosa Mattifer  beforehand helped it stay on all day long.

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me with NYRO make up

(I’m wearing: minderal foundation medium warm, mineral bronzer golden warm, peony blusher, moss eyeshadow, oak eyeliner, lenghtening mascara and bayberry lipgloss)

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