So we all eat a little too much, drink a little more than normal and party a wee bit harder than we usually do in December (Nutritional Therapists included!), so by the time it gets to January, most of us are ready for more cleansing, nourishing foods.
I wanted to start the year with a good digestive health programme.
If our guts are in good order, then the rest of our body benefits. It is important to give them a little TLC every once in a little while.
Too much stress, sugar, caffeine, refined carbs and alcohol all play havoc with gut health, so now is the time to take it easy.
This is not a radical detox or crazy diet – just a conscious decision to eat foods that will nourish and support digestive health (with the added benefit that it should improve skin tone, weight management, energy levels and general wellbeing)
So here’s what I have been up to since last Thursday…Cut wheat, dairy and all sugars out for my diet (I usually don’t eat too many of these foods, so it is a case of getting my diet back to normal). Upped my intake of digestive tonics like brassica vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower), pulses, live yoghurt, garlic, turmeric, oats and flaxseed. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and miso are making an appearance in my diet to help support a good balance of gut flora. For drinks, I am guzzling plenty of water, including peppermint, ginger and fennel teas; and some freshly juices (any combination of celery, beetroot, carrot, apple, ginger, spinach with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice).
As well as these little dietary adjustments, I am taking a few supplements a couple of times a day:
So far, so good. Over the last week I have lost the 2lbs that crept on over Christmas, my skin is looking good, bowel is happy and the post-Christmas sluggish feeling has gone. Result!