5 Health Gurus Share Their Number 1 Christmas Tip
Life is too short not to indulge but here's how to do it and still feel fine. If you want to continuously consume without sacrificing your gut health it's wise to have a few expert tips to hand.
This Christmas, call upon the knowledge of health gurus Deliciously Ella, Lily Simpson, James Haskell, Eve Kalinik et al for their know-how on eating the smorgasbord of rich food without increasing your bloat.
Eat, drink and be merry through the office party, New Year's Eve and every festive occasion in between...
Have Healthy Snacks on Hand says Ella Woodward, Deliciously Ella blogger
'My tip would be to do have some amazingly delicious, healthy snacks in your kitchen so that you can enjoy all the festive eating and feel fantastic at the same time! I love making big batches of sweet potato brownies, roasted red pepper and paprika hummus and coconut energy bites.'
Drink Green Juice says Eve Kalinik, Nutritional Therapist at Plenish Cleanse
'Keep yourself on track with a daily green juice. Life is too short not to indulge a little during the holidays but if you want to feel and look your best in your LBD then make sure you are counteracting it with some goodness too.
Hot water and lemon in the morning is also a great way to kick start the digestive system and help shift toxins.'
Make Realistic Targets says James Haskell, professional England and Wasps Rugby player
'Ensure you make realistic training targets over the Christmas period. Instead of telling yourself you are going to do a 1 hour training session each day, why not set a self-basic and readily achievable goal - 15 minutes of some circuit training with some cardio work thrown in.
Detox Your Body says Lily Simpson, founder of The Detox Kitchen
‘Even with the best intentions, endless Christmas parties and get-togethers can easily lead to overdoing the mulled wine and champagne. My top hangover tip is to try to eat lots of liver cleansing food, since it would have been through a lot the night before.
Warm hot water and lemon, garlic, avocado, coriander and turmeric, are all good for helping the liver's natural function to detoxify. A big bowl of avocado salad with some cooked carbs, like quinoa or lentils, will all help the recovery process.
Also, try to avoid caffeine. A weak cup of coffee may be okay but a lot of caffeine will continue to dehydrate you, the opposite of what you want right now.'
Take a Few Moments says Kirschen Hagenlocher, Yogi to the stars
'Pick your poison - if you're having apps (appetizers) then don't do dessert, and vice versa. Don't mix your cocktails, stick with one and end the evening with water and a vitamin C pack.
Begin your day with exercise, have easy access to your yoga mat, unrolled on the floor by your bed…take a few moments to really appreciate what you DO have and not what you don't! And by all means stay away from the eggnog!'