December 16th 2016
The expert's guide to how to beat the Christmas bloat
December 25th 2018 / 0 comment
Feeling stuffed? We chat to two health and nutrition experts to help you beat the festive bloat
We’ve all been there. It’s 4 o’clock on Christmas Day and a lot like the turkey a few hours earlier, you’re feeling well done, suitably plump and stuffed in the most uncomfortable of ways.
So what can you do to beat the post-feast bloat and offset the side effects of a few festive excesses? We asked fitness, health and nutrition expert Dalton Wong and nutritional therapist Belinda Mann for their top tips for defeating indigestion, a bloated stomach and overcoming the odd overindulgence.
With their help, you’ll be back on track and feeling a whole lot better in no time, so this Christmas Day can be both a healthier and more comfortable one no matter how much you've eaten.
5 ways to avoid the Christmas dinner bloat
Dalton Wong of Twenty Two Training shares his top five tips to bear in mind before the big meal of the day (or of course, any given Sunday roast).
Tip 1: A chew beginning
“Make sure that you chew your food, digestion starts in your mouth!”
Tip 2: Simply the zest
“Squeeze a little lemon juice on your turkey as it helps start the breakdown of the protein.”
Tip 3: Portion control
“Your eyes are always bigger than your belly, so don't overfill your plate! Start off with a normal portion of food then go back for seconds if needed.”
Tip 4: Tea tips
“Have a herbal tea after your meal. My favourite digestive teas are ginger, peppermint and senna. Senna is a great tea that can really help get your digestive system moving as it’s a natural laxative. Neal's Yard has a great selection!”
Tip 5: Guilt-free pleasure
“Be mindful about your food and enjoy it. Don't feel guilty or bad as that has a direct correlation to how your body processes it!”
And if it's too late and you're already bloated...
“Ginger is the perfect antidote for indigestion," says Belinda Mann, nutritional therapist. "It helps to soothe an upset stomach as well as helping with digestive cramps and bloating. As with most things in nutrition, fresh is best and in the case of serious indigestion, leftover ginger ale isn’t going to cut it - you need the real deal for this cure to really work its magic.
“It’s the spicy natural oils in the ginger that makes the difference - yes that means gingernut biscuits are out too. Slice a load of ginger root and some lemon to make a delicious pot of tea to sip through the afternoon.
“Alternatively if you are still in cocktail making mode, you might have the ambition to whizz up this digestive tonic in your blender: combine 1/4 head of lettuce, 1/2 banana, 1 ripe pear, 1/2 inch slice of ginger root, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and a cup of almond milk and blend until smooth.”
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