Scoffed 1 too many mince pies? Wine sitting heavy on your tummy? You aren't alone. The festive bloat makes us feel uncomfortable, full and feeling pretty darn bleaugh!
It's no wonder that we feel like that, on Christmas day alone, a lot of us can eat and drink up to 6000 calories and as Christmas food and drink is usually quite rich, the excess sugars we eat can get stored as fat or glycogen. This can leave us feeling tired, sluggish and lazy.
A lot of festive food is quite stodgy and comforting. This can play havoc with our digestive system and can lead to constipation or a trapped wind feeling (NOT NICE)!
However, if you are experiencing that uncomfortable bloated feeling, then look no further. Here's my fail proof tips to banishing that bloat
Sip some warm water
Trapped wind is the number 1 cause of a bloated stomach. If you are experiencing that painful trapped wind feeling, then try sipping some warm water (slowly). It helps move undigested food through your body.
Have a cup of tea
Peppermint tea is great for that bloated feeling or trapped wind. It helps to relax your muscles which in turn helps to release gases from your body.
Go for a walk
I always go for a boxing day walk. It helps me clear my head and gets me off the sofa and feeling active again. All that festive food can make me feel abit lethargic and although it's nice to relax over Christmas, the movement can help relieve any painful bloating. Alternatively, do some stretches. The stretching movements will help encourage your body to release any trapped wind that has accumulated.
Replace your meal(s)
I know that come new year, a lot of us will embark on a Meal Replacement plan such as SMLDiet to help us lose weight and get healthy. However, if the idea of going 100% full on VLCD fills you with fear at the moment, that's ok! What you can do to kick-start your new healthy regime, is maybe replace 1 meal with 1 meal replacement. If you do this for the next 3 days, then up your meal replacement intake to 2 meal replacements per day (with less meals and snacks). Within 24 hours of embarking on this regime, you'll notice a difference in your bloat. I would recommend you start with replacing your dinner (last meal) as that's normally the most calorific meal of the day but if you still have relatives or functions to go to, you can always replace lunch or breakfast instead.
Cut out the fizz
All of those bubbles in the Champers or those sugar laden fizzy drinks can play havoc with our digestive system. Try cutting back or replacing them with water instead.
Grab a hot water bottle
Painful trapped wind? looking like you're having a food baby? grab yourself a nice hot water bottle. Not only does it help you feel cosy when snuggled on the sofa watching Christmas movies but the weight on your stomach and the heat of the water bottle can help remove some trapped wind from your body. (heat pads work just as well).
Eat Little but often
A great tip is to snack instead of having larger meals over the festive period. Usually over Christmas, we over eat and fill up very quickly. If we eat smaller meals or eat snacks instead, you're less likely to eat until you are uncomfortable.
Everything in balance
We all know that we need to have a nice balance of food types in order for our bodies to remain happy & healthy but that can go out of the window at Christmas. We often have a small window of which to enjoy ourselves (with food) so alot of us adopt the 'Go on it's Christmas' mentality (don't worry i've been guilty of that before). So we tend to reach for the biccies, the cakes, the carbs and sugars without even paying attention to the proteins and veggies on our plates. Before you reach for a turkey sandwich, Why not replace that bread with salad instead? Don't go for those chocolates, reach for some fruit instead - you'll still get that sugar sweetness but the fruit will help you feel better about the bloat than choccies would.
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