New year Tool Kit

  1.  Begin each day with warm water and lemon. Superboost it with a pinch of cayenne pepper or tsp of grated ginger.
  2. Start your day light. I know this seems opposing to the age-old “breakfast is the most important/biggest meal of the day” but this doesn’t work for two reasons. Firstly, think of your digestive tract as a funnel - if you stuff it with large meals, there’s no chance the lighter meals you eat later on are going to get through! People eating light-to-heavy often find their energy improves (as it is not being caught up breaking down difficult to digest foods *eggs and bacon*), and common digestive symptoms, such as bloating, decrease. Secondly, it is unlikely lunch or dinner with friends is going to fall into the “light” category. Don’t overeat prior in the hopes of filling up. 
  3. 10k steps every day. I don’t care if you don’t go to the gym very often, just keep on walking. Walk first thing to get that coffee or meet for breakfast, walk with a friend, walk whilst you call a relative, walk to the shops to pick up a bottle of wine, park further away… you get it...
  4. BYOP - Bring your own plate when going to a gathering where you aren’t sure what food will be available, something that you know agrees with you and will energise not food-coma-ise you! 
  5. Navigate the menu - choose salads, steamed/sauteed veg with complex carbohydrates like sweet potato, legumes and unrefined whole-grains. Ask for dressings and heavy sauces on the side and request lemon, dijon mustard, maple syrup, balsamic, or a hint of extra virgin olive oil to flavour dishes. Always try for a plant-based starter i.e. side salad, veg/broth-based soup, edamame, crudites, light stir-fry.
  6. Between lunch and dinner, sip on 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar in warm or room temperature water. It’s a great digestive tonic to soothe digestion, support your liver, alkalise your body and stimulate digestive enzymes to assist the next meal. I find this is a good trick after a big meal (not just before) to give the body (and tastebuds) a little “reset”.
  7. When drinking alcohol- red wine or vodka/gin with soda water (not tonic!) lemon/lime/grapefruit/orange or a dash of elderflower cordial. Try to stick to the same alcohol choice for each night i.e. don’t mix between wine and spirits, and be sure not to do this all week long. Ideally only consume alcohol 1-2 days of the week, but if that sounds ludicrous aim for 3 alcohol free days. For every alcoholic beverage, drink a glass of water in between, and consider bringing a few kombucha’s or coconut water’s to replace the need for another drink. and remember to begin your day with lemon water and a green smoothie as above, no matter how bad you wake up craving greasy food after a big night.
  8. If you have a supplement routine, don’t let it waver during this time. Do your best to stay on track. For those without one looking for a bit of extra support during this time, you might wish to include a probiotic or magnesium powder to assist the digestive and nervous system.