The silly season means crazy Christmas parties laden free-flowing booze, fatty food, little sleep and no doubt some skipped workouts here and there.
It’s the time of year to let loose and enjoy some well-earned down time, but it doesn’t mean you should completely neglect the health of your digestive system.
In preventing serious health consequences down the line, you might find it beneficial taking a few of these steps so you can enjoy your break and keep your stomach happy at the same time.
- Avoid overdoing it on alcohol
Alcoholic beverages aren’t too kind on the gut and an excess can alter its flora while having serious consequences on the liver and other vital organs. It’s important to be mindful of the number of standard drinks you’re having every day, and keep a track of how often you are actually indulging in them. If you notice you’re drinking alcohol every single day, you might like to consider slowing down a bit and giving your stomach a bit of a rest.
- Eat your veggies
No one wants their stomach to forget what it’s like to be filled with wonderful fibrous whole foods during the holiday period – they are what will keep your bowel movements nice and regular and keep your digestive system running smoothly. You wouldn’t be alone however in being a little heavy handed on the spoils in the spirit of festive season. Consider doing a favour for your body and remember to load your plate with plenty of nutrient dense fruit and vegetables while your tucking into the festive feasts. Your stomach and your bowels, not to mention those joining you at the table, will thank you.
- Have “off” days
Moderation becomes a pretty rogue concept in the holidays as Christmas and New Year present the perfect excuse to gorge on the food you’ve restricted yourself of all year. While we all know calories on Christmas Day don’t count, unfortunately the same can’t be said for the days and weeks either side of it. Try and take a day here or there to give your stomach a break from heavy meats and overly processed foods and instead keep it light with healthy vegetable soups and salads. This will allow your digestive system a much needed break from the piles of Christmas food.