Ahhh summer holidays – a time to feel relaxed and have some fun. But there’s often an unwelcome downside, too: all that eating out, partying with friends and lazy days by the pool can leave us feeling less than our best.
Our changing routine over holidays – whether it’s more party food, eating out, or just being idle, can mess with our digestion and leave us feeling bloated and perhaps a little constipated, too.
So how do you shake those nasty side-effects? The good news is there’s no need to turn your holiday into a health boot camp, but here are 5 simple ways to enjoy a healthier, lighter summer:
1.Eat more fruit & veg every day Make salads – even a side salad - part of every meal. It will help fill you up and it’s full of fibre. As is fruit, so make summer stone fruit your go-to snack.
2.Breakfast on fibre Summer holiday breakfasts can be so much more enjoyable than just toast and jam. An easy recipe for gut health is to combine muesli with some fresh summer fruit, a dollop of yoghurt, chopped nuts and chia seeds.
3.Shake the salt from your holiday diet Festive ham, salami, prosciutto are high in salt, which encourages fluid retention. Also, beware too takeaway pizza and Asian meals which can also be salt mines. If you’re ordering one of these, opt for meat-free pizza and use minimal soy sauce with sushi - and beware too many Asian curries and soups.
4.Drink up! Drinking plenty of fluid keeps the bowels moving. Fizzy soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can act as diuretics, just as tea and coffee do, so make sure you top up your fluid intake with water.
5.Stay active Of course, holidays are about down time, but just a half an hour of walking or swimming each day can keep your bowels moving too.
Want to know more? Our dietitian shares lots of helpful ways to keep your gut in good shape in January Healthy Food Guide, on sale now!