Health and the Festive Season – Tip #1

by | Dec 1, 2015 | Digestive health, Nutrition, Seasonal health, Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

December is upon us and the seasonal celebrations are gearing up. Yessssss!

I’m so happy to be back in Australia for this year’s celebrations, though we did have a ball in Boston last Christmas and New Year. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to stone fruit, beach swims and being surrounded by family this year!


At this time of year, most of us have calendars filling up with work functions, social catch-ups and family parties. It’s part of the fun of the season, but can also be taxing on energy and finances… not to mention, a challenge for the liver and digestive system!

A couple of years ago, I wrote about my top (easy) tips for keeping healthy during all these festivities. And I thought these would be worth revisiting. So here you have it, in no particular order…

Easy fix #1 –> Eat real food

What I mean by this is: don’t get caught up in pre-packaged, highly-sugared, super-junky ‘holiday food’.

Somehow, processed meals and faux-food ingredients have come to play a big role in many of our favourite holiday dishes.

There’s no need!

It is such a waste of the wonderful resources available in our kitchens, gardens, markets and food stalls. You can still eat delicious, decadent, indulgent things. Just do so using real food. Be sure to eat as well as you can. You’ll enjoy it more and feel better for it. In short:

Make what you can
Use fresh fruit and veg (there is SO much in season at the moment)
Eat a variety of dishes
Eat for your palate
Enjoy whole foods

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Such as this

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And a bit of this!

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Or how about this?


This is a time of indulgence and enjoyment for many of us lucky folk. Delicious treats, celebratory drinks … it’s the time of year to revel in such things.

Enjoy, I say. The season offers up so many delicious dishes for just that purpose!


Festive fix #2 and Festive fix #3 on the blog next week.

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