Healthy tips for ‘eating clean’ this festive season

2017-12-13 06:02

• START OFF CLEAN

Begin each day with a glass of warm water with lemon squeezed in.

Health benefit – cleanses the liver and bodily tissues and decreases water retention, highly alkalising and excellent source of vitamin C and electrolytes.

• HAVE A HEALTHY BREAKFAST EVERY DAY

Whatever you think will sustain you for a few hours – whether it’s a green juice or smoothie, some whole grains (unprocessed is best) or even eggs.

Health benefit – during busy times more than ever we need to fuel our bodies.

• SWOP OUT SUGAR

Reach for natural sweeteners like Stevia, coconut nectar, honey or molasses.

Health benefit – processed white sugar destroys your body. Robs your blood of calcium, is damaging to the organs (pancreas, kidneys and liver), causes blood sugar imbalances, weight gain and decreases the immune system – to name a few.

• BE PREPARED TO FACE THE DAY

When running from place to place arm yourself with a few essentials like water and a quick snack - good options are fresh fruit, raw nuts or even a green smoothie.

Health benefit – while I don’t advise constant snacking throughout the day, it can be helpful to have a snack handy on those days when you’re just ravenous and are heading for the vending machine or local Starbucks.

DO A MINI-FAST

Especially if you’ve overindulged a bit. Give your digestion a break by fasting – even a one day juice fast is beneficial.

Health benefit – fasting is a great way to give your digestion a rest. Perfect to reaffirm health goals or to get back in touch with healthy eating. W

STAY HYDRATED

Drink lots of fluid in the form of water, fresh juice or herbal teas.

Health benefit – many people mistake thirst for hunger; when truly hydrated you won’t have false hunger and be more in touch with your natural hunger patterns (remember – only eat when hungry).

• TAKE “ME TIME”

Be totally selfish, carve away a bit of time each day that is all about you.

• Smart supplementation

Between the late nights, overindulging, crowded malls and the general stress of the holiday season – the immune system takes a big punch.

Health benefit – while supplements are useful all year round, I especially recommend them in times of high stress when we may not be making the most nutritious food choices.

• GET DOMESTIC

I’m not referring to stay at home moms here, but take some time to do the more domestic tasks in life – like food shopping and cooking. If you’re one of those that make frequent stops to the food store – stop right now.

Take one day and get all your shopping out of the way, then plan your menu for the week – you’ll save yourself a lot of time and more time for partying.

Health benefit - don’t rely on restaurant food or dare I say drive-through food as the only real sustenance of the day. Home cooking doesn’t have to be extravagant nor do you have to be a five-star chef.

• 80/20 Rule

Some individuals prescribe to such ratios as eating uber healthy 80% of the time and being somewhat lenient 20% of the time while others make it a rule to relax on the weekends.

Health benefit – stop making everything more complicated then need me – forget the ratios; most people know what is healthy and what isn’t.

• Include detox practices each day

Keeping your lymph flowing will insure a healthy immune system and detox the body at the same time! Great ways to incorporate this is by exercising - especially walking and jumping on a mini trampoline

Health benefit - this falls back into the category of being kind to yourself.

• Be gentle on yourself

Realise you will eat something not-so-health promoting – get over it.

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