It’s two days post Christmas and you’re likely feeling the effects of all those (delicious) Christmas indulgences. Bloated tummy. Swollen ankles. Puffy eyes. Burping. Gas. Uncomfortable, tight belly. Constipation. Disturbed sleep. Maybe you ticked off all of these, or perhaps just one or two, either way, welcome to the post Christmas bloat.
Bloating is usually caused by changes to your regular diet that can include processed foods, increased salt, increased sugar, more refined carbs than usual and carbonated drinks.
Post Christmas bloat is a discomfort that will linger well after the food coma has worn off! But help is here with my top tips, guaranteed to kick post Christmas bloating to the kerb and have you back in top form, ready to ring in the New Year. :)
Lemon juice in warm water on waking
My favourite sure fire way to kick your metabolism up a gear and also get your bodies detox system humming, is to enjoy a mug of warm water + the juice of ½ a lemon, on waking.
Ideally you should wait 20 mins after drinking, before eating your breakfast.
The warm water stimulates the digestive system, the lemon is a diuretic (increases urination therefore reducing fluid) and also supports your bodies natural detoxification system. As well as kicking your day off with rehydration!
Get up off the couch and get some exercise! Get out for a walk, run, swim, bike ride or whatever is your preferred choice of exercise. When your body is moving your are increasing circulation and as your body heats up, you sweat out toxins. YAH! Feeling too sluggish and need some tips to get you up & moving? Then read my 6 top tips to get you moving here.
Water, water and more water!
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day (6-8 glasses, minimum) will help flush out the toxins + excess salt and keep things moving. Cheers!
After a couple of days of overeating, there is no harm in cutting back for a day or two. Even if it’s just for one meal a day to ease you back into a regular diet. I find the easiest way to do this is to swap a meal for a Green Smoothie. Green Smoothies are a great way to rehydrate, increase fibre and reduce sugar & salt in your diet. I’ve got some great (and I promise tasty!) recipes in my Super Green Smoothies eBook, which not only gives you a variety of recipes but also walks you through creating your own nutritious, bloat busting smoothies.
Sonya Lovell is an experienced Coach helping busy women gain more energy, motivation and focus on their health. If you’re ready to step up and finally make the changes you’ve been craving to improve your health, wellness or relationships then visit SonyaLovell.com for your free copy of Sonya’s first step to a healthier, happier you.
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