8 top tips to body confidence on the beach

8 top tips to body confidence on the beach

Does the thought of wearing a bikini or any swimwear fill you with dread?

Do you spend all your time on the beach covered up and/or feeling self-conscious instead of relaxing and enjoying your time away?

Would you like to throw aside any insecurities and radiate confidence on holiday -and all year round?

Here you are my 8 top tips to help you feel good in your own skin and enjoy the beach!

TWO WEEKS TO GO

1: Beat the bloat

Often the reason we don’t feel confident on the beach is not actually down to our size or shape. It’s because we feel self-conscious that our tummy is sticking out and we feel uncomfortable and bloated. The secret to beating the bloat and creating the appearance of a flatter tummy is easier than you might think.

You just need to do a little “nutritional homework” before you hit the beach. That means starting the day with a cleansing cup of fresh ginger and lemon tea (mix peeled and grated ginger and squeezed lemon juice with boiling water). This will rev up the metabolism and cleanse the digestive system.

Then you need to up your protein intake, ideally two weeks before you go away to notice results. This means eating lots of fish like salmon, cod, haddock and mackerel. The protein in the fish will make you feel fuller for longer and stop you snacking in the day, while the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats will make your skin glow!

You want to find yourself thinking ‘where’s the protein’ at every meal and snack but this is one of the key ways of keeping your energy levels (and weight) balanced. Protein-based snacks can include a piece of low sugar fruit like an apple, pear or a couple of plus a small handful of nuts, hummus and veggie sticks, or even some unsweetened nut butter on toast.

Next, stock up on asparagus, which contains high levels of amino acid asparagine – a natural diuretic. In other words, eating more of the spears can help flush out excess fluid and salt from your body, which can help you look leaner and feel more confident on the beach.

 2: Be carbs smart

Carbs certainly aren’t the enemy, and the body uses the right kinds of unrefined carbohydrates – like brown rice, lentils, and oatmeal – to generate energy. But if you’re trying to lose a few pounds pre-holiday, then ditching processed (also known as refined) carbs is an effective way to see quick results. This is because simple carbohydrates like white pasta, white bread and potatoes are metabolized very quickly into sugar by the body. And that sugar is then turned into fat – especially if not balanced by something containing protein.

Calories don’t make you feel full – nutrients like fibre, protein and healthy fats do. Sadly, refined carbs are lacking in all three so no matter how much you eat, your body will still feel hungry, meaning you’re more likely to over-eat.

So, in the run up to your holiday, you can boost your body confidence by being ‘carbs smart’ and cutting back/swapping refined carbs for high-fibre foods like beans, brown rice and nuts. Instead of white toast and sugary jam for breakfast, toast some tummy-friendly rye bread (which doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels) and eat with a protein-rich poached egg, which will fill you up until lunchtime. For lunch, have a crisp green salad with King prawns or mackerel and lots of raw veggies. Then feed your body with nutrients with a dinner of stir-fried chicken and broccoli with a little brown rice. Alternate your lunches and dinners with different proteins and vegetables, and you’ll soon see the pounds fall off.

3: Try the Toothbrush Work-out

Fitting exercise into our busy lives isn’t always easy. Even with the best intentions, after a long day at work or taking care of the kids, often a workout is the last thing we feel like doing. But you can start by just moving your body a little more, like taking the stairs instead of the lifts, and try to fit a mini workout whenever you can, even from the comfort of your own home.

For example, what about squatting once in the morning for five minutes while you clean your teeth, and again at night-time? To squat, stand with feet hip width apart. Then lower your knees and push your bum out as if you’re sitting down on a chair. Rise up to standing position and repeat until you’ve finished brushing your teeth!

The squat is a full body workout that not only helps to create a perky posterior and lean legs; it also works the abs giving you a flatter stomach and bags of bikini body confidence

ONE WEEK TO GO

4: Drink yourself slim

Water is one of the most important elements in the body. It makes up about 60 per cent of our bodies and every single cell needs water to function properly. Drinking the stuff also keeps you energized and your skin hydrated. So if you’re full of energy and your skin is glowing, that’s one surefire way to feel good on the beach.

Studies have also shown that drinking water raises your metabolism and improves your fat burning rate. And if that wasn’t reason enough to start knocking back the H2O, drinking water before a meal can help you feel fuller and eat less. A good goal is to get yourself a 1.5l bottle of water from the shops (and refill at home on subsequent days) and ensure you finish this by the end of the day – on top of any other drinks you’re having. The bottle is a visual reminder of how well you are doing. Ideally, you want to work up to having 2l a day.

Not a fan of water? Make yourself an herbal tea instead! There are tons of different ones out there to experiment with. Green tea is also an option, it’s packed with powerful antioxidants and it has been shown to raise metabolism too. Watch out though as it still has caffeine and avoid having it after lunchtime if you have troubles sleeping.

Coconut water is also great for keeping you hydrated, while controlling your blood sugar levels. Low in fat, it can help you feel fuller and reduce cravings. 

 5: Work with what you’ve got

Feeling confident in a swimming costume or bikini isn’t really about losing weight or having a supermodel body. Confidence comes also from feeling good about how you look and finding a flattering swimsuit for your body shape is key.

If you have a boyish figure, rock a bikini with ruffles to create some shape. For women larger than a C-cup, avoid triangle-style bikinis that don’t provide any support. Instead take advantage of bra-style, underwired swimwear for a customized fit.

Smaller busts can fake a cleavage by investing in one of the many great padded bikini tops out there. Go shopping, high Street stores like M&S, Boden and Topshop have lots of pretty swimwear options with inbuilt secret slimming panels to help you feel your best on the beach.

Just find something you feel confident in and rock it!

3 DAYS TO GO

 6: Embrace your uniqueness               

One of the easiest ways to feel bad about how you look is to compare yourself to others. When you feel envious of what someone else has, be it long legs, a flat tummy or toned arms, you are creating negative feelings around your own appearance, which crushes confidence and mood. Remember: to wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.

Why not be as nice to yourself as you are to the people you love? Ask yourself: would I say this to my best friend, my sister, or my mum? If you can’t imagine saying something so nasty to them, then why are you saying it to yourself? Rather than use negative language to describe your body and the areas you dislike, pinpoint the bits you’re happy with.

Silence your inner critic and the positive feelings will soon overtake the bad. Tell yourself… aren’t I lucky to have such a peachy, curvy bum! Doesn’t my back look fantastic in that halter-neck dress! Isn’t my hourglass figure lovely! Aren’t I fortunate to have a fuller bust that really fills my bikini!

Spending time with negative people will also have an impact on how you view, and feel about, yourself. The more you complain about your own perceived flaws, the more you’re likely to believe they are real.

Confidence is contagious so banish body shaming and surround yourself with positive people who make you feel good. These kinds of friends will also make you smile and laugh more, which releases happy hormones called endorphins.

7: Stand up straight

Good posture not only makes you look confident, it also helps you appear long and lean. Even the most toned women in the world don’t look their best when they are hunched over. And no matter how flat that tummy is, slouching will naturally curve the spine forward, creating rolls on the belly. It can also make you appear inches shorter than you really are.

Posture can even affect your frame of mind. A recent study by researchers from Harvard University found that when a person stood tall and erect, it altered their hormone levels, decreasing the stress hormone cortisol and increasing testosterone, causing them to feel more powerful and in control.

For good posture simply throw the shoulders back, puff the chest out and hold your head high.

1 DAY TO GO

 8: Love the skin you’re in

Being happy and confident doesn’t mean that everything (and that includes your body) is perfect. It simply means that you’ve chosen to accept and embrace life, a little cellulite and all. Our bodies were designed to function, so think of all the amazing ways your body has been good to you. Celebrate daily how incredible you are and be grateful that you have a healthy, working body! This is fantastic exercise that sends a really empowering message to the brain to feel happy and confident.

Next, think about being 20 years older than you are right now. Would you like to look back on your life and think: “I wish I had accepted myself and been happier in my skin” or would you prefer to think: “I had the best time on that beach with my friends and family and I really enjoyed myself”? Thinking with the benefit of hindsight gives us a better sense of perspective about what we should be minding, and what really matters.

Now go, pack that bag and have a fantastic holiday!

5 top tips on how to avoid stress this Christmas and enjoy the holidays!

It’s meant to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ but, when Christmas arrives, the experience can be overwhelming. Trying to get everything ready in time can be very stressful, especially for us women – a third of whom feel more stressed in December than any other month, according to research.

Money worries, family tensions, pressure to socialise, and over-excited children on a sugar high is hardly a recipe for success. And, if you struggle to stay at your happy weight or often turn to food as a way of coping or rewarding yourself, being surrounded by treats and snacks over the holidays might not be your idea of fun.

In the past, I used to get really stressed out at this time of year, because as a family we were faced with the dilemma of where to spend the holidays. Do we go to my mum’s in Venice or do we go to my husband’s parents in Nice? This was always creating some sort of issue with our respective relatives until we got fed up and, finally, came to the decision of spending Christmas here in London, ‘just’ the three of us. It suits us fine -it has been one of the best decisions of my life to be honest- and I find the whole holidays period much more relaxed now!

Managing stress levels is important for your health in the long term because stress is implicated in many different chronic diseases, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems and asthma.

If you’re thinking you don’t fall into the ‘I’m stressed enough to be making myself ill’ category, don’t be fooled. The drip-drip-drip of everyday stress can be as damaging as major life incident-related stress (such as death and divorce), so don’t wait to act. It’s also worth considering that stress makes it very hard to lose weight, and you’re much more likely to store excess weight around the middle.

So, what can you do to keep stress at bay this Christmas if, unlike me, you can’t avoid your in-laws? 😉

Here are my top 5 tips:

  1. The 10-minute mind trick: Set aside 10 minutes a day for meditation. If you have never tried it before, please give it a go. I was sceptical too at first, but then I tried guided meditation and it really works.  I love the free Apps Headspace and Insight Timer as they offer lots of different options for guided mediation. You don’t need to worry about anything, simply find a quiet place for just 10 -or even 5- minutes a day and tune in. Your mind will thank you for it.
  2. Eat regularly: Erratic eating times and skipping meals can lead to a dip in blood sugar levels, which leads to the release of the stress hormone cortisol. It’s difficult when routines go out the window, but try to stick to three meals (with one or two snacks if you are truly hungry). Base all your meals and snacks on good quality protein (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, beans and seeds), fruit, vegetables and small amounts of complex carbs (brown rice, quinoa or buckwheat pasta).
  3. Cut back on alcohol and caffeine: I know this is hard, especially at Christmas when socialising revolves around drinking, but try ditching (or significantly reducing) your alcohol and caffeine intake. Caffeine causes a release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands – the last thing you want if you are already stressed! At first, alcohol might help to relax you when you’re stressed out (by promoting the release of GABA, the calming neurotransmitter), but it is quickly metabolised to sugar that can lead to a restless sleep, which leads me onto my next tip.
  4. Prioritise sleep: Get into a sleep routine that includes relaxing practices such as taking a warm bath with Epsom salts, light reading or stretching. Introduce a digital detox at least an hour before bed (that means no phones, no TV, no laptops or tablets), so as not to disrupt melatonin production (the sleepy hormone).
  5. Eat magnesium-rich meals: Magnesium is involved in hundreds of chemical reactions in the body including nervous system regulation and muscles movements. In fact, magnesium has been shown to calm the body, the muscles and to help improve mood.  So, eating foods rich in this mineral, such as leafy greens, avocados, sesame and pumpkin seeds, almonds, black beans, and spinach make a lot of sense if you want to stay chilled!

Most of all HAVE FUN! If things don’t go to plan, try not to worry too much, instead have a laugh and make them into fun memories for the years to come: “Remember when I set fire to the sprouts and you couldn’t stop laughing about it!”

My top 7 holiday essentials.

 

Many of you have asked me what I pack when I go on holidays. Well, I am going to be packing soon because bikini time is next week for me, so it’s a good time to share my top 7 essential holiday items with you.

 

1) Healthy snacks.
Airport food has improved dramatically in recent years, so if you have time to spare you can still grab some decent snacks before you fly. However, you might end up stuck in traffic on your way to the airport and not have the luxury to shop at the terminal and then you are in trouble.
Do you really want to eat airplane food? No, trust me you don’t! In my previous life, when I was very young –ah dear a long time ago!- I used to be cabin crew and I learnt pretty quickly that if I wanted to sustain my energy during the flight and arrive at my destination feeling good, I had to simply avoid eating the food on board. I could go on and on about the reasons why you shouldn’t eat what they serve you on board, but I don’t want to bore you. Take my word for it and pack something edible instead.
Good and easy options are: oat cakes, gluten free crackers, nuts/seeds, olives, unrefined sugar-free bars and fruit. If you have time before you leave home, boil some eggs and take those too. By the way, these rules apply even better if you travel by car or train because you have fewer restrictions on what you can carry. So plan ahead and you won’t be bloated the first day on the beach!

2) Probiotics (live bacteria).
This is non negotiable, even if you forget all the rest you must take this!
Around 30% of travellers report that they experience diarrhoea while on holiday. When we eat different foods in unfamiliar environments it can be common to experience stomach upsets. This is thought to be causes by upsetting the balance of one’s natural gut flora which is the bacteria living in our digestive tract. I start taking a multi-strain probiotic supplement a week before travelling, during the holiday and a week afterwards to offer a degree of protection. When I am at home I use the Biocare range, but when travelling I switch to Optibac or Bio-Kult as they are still good quality products and don’t need to be refrigerated.

3) Multi-vitamin.
A multi-vitamin is like an insurance policy as you need a huge range of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. I think that while on holidays you should still try to maintain your healthy habits and taking your multi be one of them.

4) Coconut oil.
No, I am not planning on doing any cooking at all while I am away.
I always keep a jar of coconut oil in the bathroom at home and now it’s coming with me. I use coconut oil to clean my face and moisturise my daughter’s and my own skin. I also use some on my hair to prevent the ends form drying out and tame the frizz.

5) Non-toxic Sun Lotion.
Sun protection is an obvious one, but have you ever thought about the amount of chemicals your skin will absorb while you keep applying your average sun lotion?
There are many different natural brands out there, but my top favourites are Jason and Green People. In the picture there is my daughter’s one as she was playing with the bottles I bought last week and now I can’t find mine anymore!
By the way, please avoid overexposing your skin to the sun and don’t think you are invincible just because you applied some lotion, natural or not.

6) A pashmina.
A pashmina, or big scarf, can serve a multitude of purposes. You can use it as a light scarf, a plane blanket, a rolled-up pillow, or umbrella. It’s useful to cover your shoulders on those breezy evenings on your villa’s balcony or to brighten up an outfit. If you have kids you probably need two as one will be used as a sling, breastfeeding cover, emergency matt or towel!
It’s a great fashion accessory that no self respected ex global girl can fail to pack, ever!

7) A good read.
I might be slightly obsessed but even when I take a break I read about nutrition. I just love to read about different approaches in the field and I also like to read books I can recommend to my clients. Choose whatever you prefer but I think a good book is definitely a must!

Stay healthy, take it easy and enjoy your holiday!

 

Beat the holiday bloat: 5 top tips to keep your belly flat during the festive season.

Christmas is almost here! You have decorated the tree, you have done all your shopping already (well done you! I will be doing mine at the very last minute as usual!) and you might have already been tempted by the various festive foods and sweets out there. The supermarket aisles have been packed with loads of decadent foods for weeks now, and yes, I hear you say that it’s all tasty and it’s Christmas and all the rest, but the truth is that these foods can truly irritate your digestive system as well as sabotaging your healthy eating habits.

As a result of overindulging, many people end up struggling with bloating, trapped wind, acid reflux, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhoea. If you suffer from IBS you might be noticing that your symptoms flare up during the holidays which can make you feel more stressed and anxious. This is a time when stress is already a big factor as families get together, kids are off school and you might be juggling many things to make sure it all runs smoothly on Christmas day.

So, what can you do to make sure that at least your tummy won’t play up? No worries, I won’t ask you to stay at home and avoid all the parties and the fun. However, I don’t think Christmas should be an excuse to eat loads of unhealthy food and then feel unwell because of it.

Here you are my 5 top tips to beat the Christmas bloat:

Watch those sprouts.

I am officially giving you a great excuse to avoid eating Brussels sprouts this Christmas. For those of you who like them, did you know that you can eat them even before and after the holidays? And for those of you who don’t (I am with you) why bother? Do you end up eating them just because it’s a tradition? Sorry but it makes me laugh when I see people loading their trolleys with them just at Christmas.

Back to the bloating, those little devils together with other cruciferous vegetables (like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, which I love by the way!), beans, lentils and anything too rich in onions and garlic can give you bloating. They contain FODMAPs (fermentable oligo-di-mono-saccharides and polyols) which are carbohydrates that escape digestion and get fermented by gut bacteria in the colon, causing gas. If you are used to eating them already, then you won’t not be affected, but if you aren’t, then please go easy with them or you will end up with a belly like Santa.

  Say hello to probiotics.

Overeating can lead to an imbalance of gut flora and encourage tummy upsets. Support your gut with foods which contain live bacteria like plain unsweetened yogurt or kefir. To boost the levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut, you can also take a multi-strain probiotic supplement daily during this time of year. In this way, you will be doing your immune system a favour too as well as keeping any IBS symptoms in check.

Slow down.

Eating too quickly can cause you to swallow a lot of air, worsening the bloated feeling you might get after meals. When you eat rapidly, you also don’t savour your food properly and you end up eating more than you should which is never advisable.  So, always eat sitting down and take time to chew your food properly. Remember, your stomach doesn’t have teeth!

Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate.

Unfortunately I am not talking about drinking wine, spirits or any fizzy drinks which you are inevitably going to be offered at parties. I am also not going to play the bad cop and recommend you stay away from alcohol completely.  Be mindful with your drinks and alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water.

When you are not partying, drink plenty of filtered water and herbal teas to keep warm and hydrated. The best options to calm and support the digestion are: fennel, ginger, peppermint, liquorice and cardamom. You can also chew on some fennel seeds after a meal. This is a delicious traditional Indian method which works well at promoting digestion.

 Sweat it out

If you end up overindulging with food and drink, then try to stick to your exercise routine as much as possible. If you are not able to get yourself down the gym, go for a brisk walk or a jog instead. Light exercise will still carry oxygen to your digestive tract and move everything through you faster. Exercise is also a great stress buster which is a bonus.

And finally, do enjoy the festive spirit. Focus on slowing down instead of worrying too much about what you should or should not eat. Provided you go back to your healthy eating and exercise routine when the holidays are over, you really have nothing to fear.

May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of health and well-being!

Why you should ditch New Year resolutions.

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2015 is coming to an end and a brand New Year is about to start. This is probably the time when most people make New Year resolutions which usually involve food, drinks and exercise. People are promising themselves they will do everything it takes to be healthier, fitter and/or slimmer. Are you one of them? Then starting from tomorrow, you will finally join the gym (or start going if you are already a gym member), ditch the alcohol, ban chocolate and all sugars from your diet, eat more vegetables, and stop smoking. Better still you will start a strict detox for 3 weeks. Maybe you will do all of the above at the same time. Or maybe not.

Unfortunately, as we get back to our routines and the excitement of the new plans start to fade; most of these will be totally forgotten by mid February at the latest. Sounds familiar? Trust me, we have all been there. We have all tried to stick to our great resolutions but …yes there are always buts!

The truth is that as exciting as these plans sound, most of the time they are short lived because they are just unsustainable and totally unrealistic. Many people are looking for a quick fix and are prepared to embark on fad diets and crazy detox plans for the month of January hoping to fix all the damage done during the holidays, or even before that for that matter!  Let’s get one thing straight: detoxing or ‘being good’ (whatever that means for you!) for a short period of time and then return to your old eating habit, is just a waste of time.

Does this mean that we should not have good intentions to improve our health and wellbeing? Does this mean I do not want you to call me from next week and get busy working with you on some of these intentions? Have I actually had too much Prosecco over the holidays and lost the plot?   No, absolutely not! This might be just the right time to reconsider your new plans a little.

This is the time to realise that your health (not just your liver’s wellbeing) is a long term commitment.  It is the time to forget about quick fixes, the no-more-alcohol promises, the chocolate/sugar bans, or the crazy (non-supervised) detoxes. All these strict restrictions will not work in the long run and when you abandon them you will feel defeated and upset very quickly which is not a good way to start the New Year.

Why not aim for one or two achievable, small and realistic goals instead? Your body (and your mind!) will benefit more from some small and consistent changes that you can sustain through the whole year, than a short time of sad restrictions. Bear in mind that I still think that a supervised detox (like a juice cleanse for instance) can be a wonderful way to kick start a new healthy eating plan and just what you need to get you motivated. What I want to make clear is that you should aim for the long term game and not waste your energy on just a January whim.

So here you are a few ideas for some small achievable and realistic health goals:

  • Is alcohol your weakness? Instead of going for a dry January, aim to go for 4 consecutive alcohol-free days per week all the time. This will help give your liver a rest and you will gain in energy, better sleep and clearer skin.
  • Are you eating too much gluten? If you are having cereals in the morning followed by a sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner, you certainly are. Aim to restrict gluten intake to just 1 meal a day to begin with, working towards removing it completely from your diet. Gluten intolerance or sensitivity (which is not celiac disease) is on the increase and many people find that when they remove gluten from their diet they experience improved digestion, less bloating, more energy, less water retention and better moods. So, swap the cereals for some oat based porridge, the sandwich for a gluten free wrap and the pasta for some rice. Your gut will soon thank you for this!
  • Addicted to caffeine? You are if you are consuming more than 4 cups of caffeinated drinks a day. Why not try to stick to one cup of coffee/tea, in the morning for example, if you cannot face the day without it (I am with you on this one!) and switch to herbal/fruit teas during the rest of the day? It might take you a few days to get used to this but it is actually easier than you think. Avoiding stimulants during the day will also help to keep your blood sugar levels more stable which means no mid afternoons energy dips.
  • What about exercise? Instead of planning to work out at the gym 5 times a week, start with getting off the bus/tube a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way to work. Better still, could you walk/bike to work instead? Exercise does not have to take place at the gym, you can increase your physical activity by doing something more enjoyable like dancing, gardening, swimming or playing a game of football with the kids.

Have fun tonight and when you have a toast to the New Year remember your new attainable goals and drink to those too!

May I wish you a happier and healthier New Year!

 

My top tips on how to survive the party season!

 

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December is the month of celebrations, spending time with family and friends, enjoying festive foods and drinks. Nutrition-wise this can be a challenging time but I do not believe that we should lock ourselves indoors to avoid the parties and skip on all the fun.

Here you are a few tips on how to enjoy yourself keeping your health (especially your liver!) and your waistline in mind:

  • First of all, avoid going to a party hungry. This is because when you are hungry it is easy to eat a lot of party food quickly, and you might end up not making the healthiest of choices. Before going out, nibble on some healthy fat and protein which will help stabilize your blood sugar levels and also prevent alcohol from being absorbed too quickly into your bloodstream. Great options are a boiled egg, some olives or a few slices of chicken/turkey breast.
  • When you get to the party stay away from the carbohydrate rich canapés, mince pies or sausage rolls. Choose some smoked salmon, nuts and olives instead. Although olives and nuts can be salty, they are still better options than crisps or nachos.
  • Watch your drinks! No, I am not going to tell you not to drink but choose your poison carefully and drink in moderation. I often get asked what my hangover cure is; well I say that prevention is better than any cure so the less you drink the less likely you are to wake up with a spinning head in the morning. Keep things simple and never drink on an empty stomach. Food in the stomach helps to delay the absorption of alcohol in the blood so you do not get drunk too quickly.
  • So what to drink? Sticking to a glass of wine is much better than having a mixed drink which can be loaded with extra sugars. Be careful with the sparkling wine though, as a standard glass contains 2 teaspoons of sugar, 3 times as much as red wine.  Try diluting alcoholic drinks. Fancy a spritzer or shandy anyone? Also remember that soft drinks, juices, punches and flavored mineral waters can have as many calories as alcoholic drinks. Be mindful as it all adds up and, unfortunately, it will probably all land on your waistline.
  • Pace yourself and alternate between one alcoholic drink and a glass of water. This will help dilute the alcohol in your bloodstream and prevent dehydration. Dehydration is one of the main causes of hangover symptoms like headaches so it does make sense to drink plenty of water too while you are out partying.
  • If you still wake up feeling dreadful the next day and you are unable to face going to the office, then try taking some Dioralyte. Dissolve a sachet in a glass of water to improve your hydration and replace mineral salts. By the way, this not a ‘cure’ but it might make you feel a bit better.
  • What about the morning-after breakfast? Although a full English breakfast might sound like a good idea, it will leave you bloated and lethargic. Go for a couple of scrambled eggs instead. Eggs are rich in cysteine which is an important antioxidant utilized by the liver to break down toxins. I would also eat as many bright colored vegetables as possible, especially carrots and beetroots. These contain powerful antioxidants which also help the liver to detoxify. Resist the temptation to drink lots of tea and coffee which are dehydrating. Opt for a super hydrating and energizing green juice instead, full of super nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium and B vitamins.
  • Remember to keep active. Even if you skip the gym routine, get out there and go for a walk instead. Nothing beats a brisk walk in the park to get rid of that morning after feeling. Why not involve the kids with a game of football to keep them busy and burn some calories at the same time?

Ultimately, if you do drink an extra glass or eat a bit more than usual, do not punish yourself. I believe you can allow small indulgences over the holidays and relax about it. Embrace the festive fun, provided you go back to your healthy eating and excising when the parties are over.

May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

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