Merry Christmas – Time to Rest and Relax

Merry Christmas – Time to Rest and Relax Share

Hi All,

Christmas is on the way, so I thought that this blog should be dedicated to the festive Christmas break.

Even though Christmas gives everyone an excuse to indulge in food and drink it is important to remember – Everything in moderation!

Here are a few reminders to consider before you start your Christmas endeavour.

  • Christmas dinner is usually a great opportunity when families get together and enjoy sitting around the table with some good food and lovely company, which in my eyes, should happen all the time as it is so important for our digestive system as well as our mental health.

I know the Christmas plate can be very traditional but there are plenty of seasonal vegetables around at this time of year. The Christmas dinner shouldn’t miss the most well-known – cruciferous vegetables such as Brussel Sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, kale. These veggies are nutrient rich, they contain lots of phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals as well as sulphate, which is great for our liver and its detoxification. Other vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and dark green leafy veg like Swiss chard and Cavolo Nero are very rich in vitamin A, which supports the immune system and eye sight and essential mineral – magnesium – that lots of people need these days due to hectic and stressful lifestyles.

If you do roast your veggies, do not forget to use the safest oils that withstand high temperature – goose fat, lard, coconut oil or ghee.

Then there is the Turkey – which is a great source of protein with a high content of tryptophan – an amino acid that converts into serotonin, the happy hormone. J

So as you can see on the Christmas dinner plate there can be so many beneficial nutrients, that your body will love.

So make sure you take some healthy portions of the above.

 

  • Then there are usually some left overs, which can still be made into delicious meals the next day. Families have their own special recipes to make them into yummy meals. Here are some of my tips:
  • Make breakfast out of those veggies and just add poached egg on top. It will give you a great start for the day.
  • Make soup out of all the veggies by adding some legumes or turkey.
  • Make some stir fries with vegetables adding some organic fermented soya, halloumi or cashew nuts.
  • Egg and mushroom omelette with bubble and squeak.

If you are a meat eater then it is healthy to go for the vegetarian option at least 3 days of the week.

  • Alcohol, which lots of people will probably include in their festive period, is on the other hand not so good. So it is important that we drink responsibly and maybe have a glass of lemon and water with every glass of wine. It helps to keep the body hydrated with added vitamin C which can ward off a heavy hangover.

 
As a dessert I would recommend trying baked apple with a great spice like cinnamon which will help to balance blood sugar. Take the apple core out and fill it with some nut butter (peanut, almond or cashew) cinnamon and raisins.

 

  • Make sure you do take yourselves outside and do some walking. Getting out into the fresh air, into the natural light and having some kind of movement is essential and refreshing. It also helps with digestion.

 

 

As it is a holiday, make sure that you do take a break and make the most of switching off and unplugging the electronics – have a couple of tech free days! Rest and relaxation is vital and this gives us a good opportunity to do so. Recharge your batteries for the New Year ahead.

 

I wish you all

Very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year 2019.

Hana Beswick

HealthBe