12 Tips For A Healthier Festive Season
- Instead of excluding things from your diet, try adding some things, such as a morning juice (try spinach, kale, celery, ginger, apple, lemon) or a parsley or ginger and lemon tea
- Make sure your breakfast contains some protein (eg egg, fish, a few nuts or seeds) so you won’t feel hungry and want to snack mid-morning.
- Sugar is the new addiction but you can’t avoid it over Christmas – or can you? Make dates your treat instead of mince pies and chocolates, just as sweet but more nutritious…
- Swap coffee (even decaf) for herbal teas, there are so many flavours readily available now which are also therapeutic like mint for digestion, rosemary for memory, chamomile for bedtime, sage for hot flushes and licorice to ease stress.
- Going out drinking? Try dipping some rye bread into a little olive oil (flavour with herbs if preferred) beforehand, it’s a great way to line and protect your stomach.
- And when you are out for dinner, try moving your wine glass over to your left (if you are right handed!) it will naturally be harder to reach.
- Have wine or dessert with dinner, but not both! For every glass of wine you drink, follow it with a glass of water.
- Downsize your plate and cutlery size. Eat slowly, put down your knife and fork between mouthfuls – if you eat quickly, try using chop sticks.
- People coming round for drinks and snacks? Ditch unhealthy crisps and make your own nutrient-rich veg thins instead. Peel and thinly slice sweet potatoes, parsnips and beetroot, place in a single layer on a baking tray (no oil needed) and cook at 200ºC for about 15 mins until crispy.
- Take an Epsom salts bath: it’s alkalizing, skin soothing, and helps your body get rid of toxins.
- Try a short, sharp detox between Christmas and New Year: stay off two of the following food groups for two days: wheat, dairy, sugar. To make yourself feel more vital, energetic and younger, eat something anti-inflammatory (ginger, turmeric, omega fats), antioxidant (bright vegetables, reds, oranges and blues especially), and alkalizing (anything green or lemon/lime)
- Snack raw: throughout the holiday season, eat 25% raw fruit and veg if you can – as well as the usual apples, carrots, celery etc try pumpkin, squash, green beans, cauliflower, beetroot, and cabbage… Tough but fabulous for skin, hair and waistline so you’ll start 2014 in the greatest shape ever…
Eat Yourself Young (Quadrille, £12.99) has just been updated and reprinted in time for Christmas and is available from good bookshops or online from www.epjhealth.com. In the book, food and health expert Elizabeth Peyton-Jones promises to show you how to become more vital, look younger, have a leaner body, sleep better, feel calmer, sexier and more alive, by gaining control over your health and nutritional wellbeing.
About Elizabeth Peyton-Jones
Well-known for her youth-enhancing detox diets, Elizabeth Peyton-Jones is a naturopath, author and food and health expert who helps people make dietary and lifestyle changes that rejuvenate their health, looks and wellbeing. She has a national media profile and is in demand as a commentator and writer for national and local press, women’s magazines, and widely on digital media. She is regularly asked to appear on TV, most recently as guest healthy-eating guru on the television series How Not to Get Old (Channel 4, July 2013), with presenter Louise Redknapp. Elizabeth has run a highly successful alternative health clinic in Central London for over a decade, with clients including models, actors, celebrities and other public figures. As well as her Go Nuts! healthy snacks, Elizabeth is currently trialling her own food ranges, running courses to teach cooking for optimum health, and working with the InterContinental Hotel Group to develop healthy and non-allergenic menus, juices and snacks for guests.