Here at CPRESS we believe in moderation. We live our lives a certain way and for the most part it’s healthy and wholesome, cooking food from scratch, banning anything processed and always 100% ORGANIC. But that’s not to say that we don’t enjoy ourselves every now and again, and Christmas is the perfect time to indulge a little bit and tuck into some real soul food.
However once you start it’s often hard to stop. The run up to Christmas is LONG and if you’re going to stay healthy and energised all month long then you’re going to need to think carefully about what you’re putting into your body. We’ll continue this theme throughout December, focussing on different elements of nutrition, but today let’s talk about over eating and beating the bloat.
The first thing is obviously make sensible food choices, and by this we mean making the right choices for you. Nowadays many of us can pinpoint ingredients that just don’t work for us, and if you avoid them year round then why go hell for leather in December? Dairy is a classic example. A lot of Christmas food revolves around dairy (well, brandy butter and brandy cream mainly, and let’s be honest, it’s the best thing about Christmas), and especially if you’re buying any supermarket items look out for hidden whey and other milk derivatives. Think you just can’t beat an all butter pastry mince pie? There are some amazing alternatives out there…you might just have to be prepared to roll your sleeves up. On that note, if gluten is the one to watch for you then you have not lived until you’ve tried an almond flour pastry crust; insane.
On this topic also, think about moderation. The key to surviving December whilst still enjoying yourself and not feeling like you’ve missed out is just having a little of what you fancy. By balancing that out with really nutrient dense food your body always has ample supply of the macro and micronutrients it needs to perform its vital functions.
The second thing is to think about is your body’s detoxification systems and how you can support these so that they can function optimally; all guns blazing. Glutathione is a key antioxidant to look out for as it’s crucial in optimising liver function. The synthesis of glutathione requires sulphur which is an important mineral found in our food. Sulphur is found in two amino acids (the building blocks of protein), methionine and cysteine and the easiest sources of these two amino acids are animal proteins such as beef, fish and poultry. However, there are vegetarian sources of sulphur as well; mainly the cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, mustard greens and watercress. So try and include lots of these lovely veggies into your daily meals. Milk thistle and dandelion can be very helpful in supporting the liver as well; and for this the CPRESS liver flush booster is perfect as it has both, plus beetroot which also helps with glutathione production.
Of course we all know the importance of staying hydrated, especially if we’re going to be consuming alcohol which is, by it’s very nature, dehydrating. What’s the first thing we reach for after a late night to wake us up? Coffee, right? So you’ve had a few drinks the night before at a work do and then you hit the coffee in the morning, that’s two things that dehydrate your body. Start consuming water whilst you’re out, chase each Prosecco with a glass of water, and then in the morning start your day with a detox water – either one of ours, or make your own with some warm water, lemon, pinch of cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar etc…the key is fluids, and lots of them! It will help your kidneys to regulate the fluid and electrolyte balances in your body and that all important detoxification.
And remember…drink responsibly!