Wow! the summer went by so fast I think I missed it. No sooner had we started our summer holidays with no school and no particular schedule than we are back to school and a schedule (which I secretly love by the way) BUT the past few months have left me with some scars.
My scars are namely inflammation, stress and food cravings – sound familiar? It happens to all of us once in a while, or maybe more often than not for some. Truthfully we are probably all inflamed to some degree, we just don’t know it. Or, like a majority of people you can see and feel it on a daily basis. Do any of these sound familiar?
- bloated after eating
- feeling like your 7 months pregnant most of the time
- reaching for the chips and chocolate most nights
Sound familiar? Throw a house move into the mix and its party time for bad gut bacteria and clothes that have become a little too snug.
Luckily I have some tips on how to prevent putting your maternity pants back on to give you some extra breathing room.
- Drink bone broth every day! This elixir will help to soothe your intestinal tract and help heal your gut lining. Plus it tastes amazing! (Make your own where every possible, I plead with you NOT to by tetra packs of chicken stock, these are generally pasturized and full of salt. At the very least find somewhere local that makes their own, such as Field Gate Organics in Covent Garden Market and keep a stash in your freezer).
- Start each day with a glass of tepid lemon water BEFORE anything else! This will help to cleanse the liver and kick start your digestion.
- Take a good quality (I cannot stress this enough) probiotic every day. This will keep your good gut flora flourishing even when we don’t always make the right choices.
- Eat more cruciferous veggies – but saute, stir fry or steam them first. Lets work on bringing in more cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli into our diets. These veggies are amazing when it comes to inflammation – and hormone balancing yay!
- Be prepared. Always have a snack or items you can throw together in a instant close by. Foods such as bliss balls packed with magnesium, nuts and seeds to help us relax but also give us much needed protein, fat and fibre. Or try these amazing golden milk energy balls.
- Take up yoga, meditation (Mind Calm Meditation is a fabulous way to relax without having to sit cross legged and make your mind go blank – which I personally find near impossible).
- Eat! This might sound absurd but we often forget to eat during times of stress and it can play havoc on our blood sugar and we tend to binge eat more often, leading to inflammation.
- Incorporate ginger and/or turmeric into your day as either a tea (ginger) or golden milk (turmeric). Both of these have huge anti-inflammatory effects on the body.
- Lastly and by no means least – GIVE YOUR SELF A BREAK. That means that if you have a day thats hectic, you don’t eat the way you would like, you indulge a little too much, please don’t let it ruin your day. Simply get back on track either at the next meal or the next day. Try not to beat yourself up about it or carry it around with you all day, life happens and being able to bounce back and not hate ourselves for it will deeply impact your stress levels.
So, another school year starts and its back to school next week. Another schedule is just over the horizon and I personally can’t wait to get back on track. I love the focus that a new schedule gives me, and it means I can spend more time with you, which is always a good thing 🙂
Maggie Chilton (BA Hons, RHN)
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