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Christmas Skincare Survival Guide

December 24, 2014 by Works with Water
Christmas Skincare Survival Guide

The Christmas season is pretty much in full swing now. In fact, it will be over in a matter of days yet many people will be left feeling sluggish and bloated, and probably with a little bit of extra weight to carry around.

But even though Christmas season is laden with unhealthy and highly inflammatory foods and drinks, we can still adopt some “damage control” strategies to help minimise the negative impact on our body and mind, and hopefully avoid feeling dreadful when it’s all over. Below you can find seven useful tips from Dr Eva Detko nutritionist and author of Easy to Follow Wheat, Dairy and Gluten Free Recipes.

How to help your skin survive Christmas

Stay hydrated

Aim to drink at least 2 litres of filtered water every day to help neutralise the impact of the toxic load coming from your food and drink. Start your day with a pint of water with some lemon juice squeezed into it. A good trick is to also drink a pint of water 15-20 minutes before a meal as you are likely to eat less as a result. I also highly recommend drinking some water in-between your alcoholic drinks.

Go gluten-free

If you don’t want to feel bloated and uncomfortable, keep away as much as possible from gluten-rich foods, such as bread and pastry, as gluten in modern wheat cannot be digested by the human body. Try to space your mince pie rounds (go for open ones with less pastry in them) with snacks and treats that are naturally gluten-free, e.g. nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit. Spreading some cashew or almond butter on a piece of apple or banana is actually a nice treat. Or try some gluten-free oatcakes with tomato salsa, avocado dip, or hummus. It is also worth swapping puff pastry for filo, breaded chicken for marinated chicken, etc.

Take breaks from eating

Remember we did not evolve eating constantly. Support your digestive system by having at least 12 hours without food. This means not eating late at night and not necessarily eating the moment you wake up. I also recommend sourcing a good quality wide-spectrum digestive enzyme formula and take it with every meal. If not, at least try to incorporate some pineapple or papaya into your meals as they have proteolytic enzymes in them so help the body get the most out of protein-rich foods.

Be mindful when eating. Put your utensils down in-between mouthfuls and take time to enjoy the food that is in your mouth. In other words: slow down and you will eat less!

Swap sugar with protein and fat

As sugar is highly inflammatory and eating it makes us feel tired and just crave more sugar, try to swap some of your sugary snacks for protein and fat-based foods. Yes you read that right: go for protein and fat over sugar. Sugar has got a lot more potential to make you pile the weight on than fat. An example might be swapping a mince pie for some dark chocolate. I still recommend that you go for baked options over fried, e.g. baked crisps. Also, have eggs for breakfast if you can. Apart keeping you fuller for longer, compared to sugary cereals, eggs contain compounds that play an important role in the detoxification process.

Eat your greens!

There are of course other nutrients you need to detoxify all the food and alcohol effectively so do not shy away from Brussels sprouts, and make sure you leave some space for some leafy greens. Your body will thank you for it.

Give yourself enough rest

Finally, if you’re stressed and sleep-deprived you crave sugar more. So make sure you get enough sleep, incorporate something relaxing into your day, get some fresh air, and do something active.

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