Getting Settled After your Holiday
When your holiday is over, it can sometimes take a while to adjust back to real life again: all those clothes that looked so lovely on your holiday are probably lying in a dejected heap on the bathroom floor waiting to be washed – and your holiday tan may well seem to be fading right in front of your eyes!
Many of us can also find that we can get digestive problems when we change from a holiday diet back to your normal food. If you have been somewhere hot and sunny, you’ll have been enjoying a healthy, Mediterranean-style food with plenty of fresh fruit, salad and vegetables. But when you get back to your everyday life with quick and easy food – and perhaps a few more snacks than usual – your stomach can often let you know it’s not happy, and you may get the symptoms of indigestion, bloating and discomfort. It’s easy to slip back into the habit of wolfing down your breakfast, then eating a sandwich and crisps at your desk and perhaps having a few drinks after work to cheer yourself up after your holiday, but in very little time at all this can all take its toll, making you feel sluggish and uncomfortable.
Here are my top five tips to help yourself get back on track after your holiday and start feeling like your old self again:
1. Start the day with a large slice of lemon in hot water. There are some clean-eating advocates who believe that this has almost mystical powers. However, for the pragmatists among us, there is no doubt that it helps to give you a bit more zing than a cup of tea in the morning, helps freshen your mouth and your breath, and is widely acknowledged as helping to alleviate mild constipation.
2. Eat. More. Slowly! It is well worth getting up ten minutes earlier to have a proper, healthy breakfast, eaten sitting at a table rather than as you rush out of the door. If you like muesli or granola in the morning, try adding live yoghurt and some blueberries on top to give you some additional vitamin C and tummy-calming live bacteria.
3. Walk to work. After a holiday, it is very tempting to slide into sitting around rather more than is good for you, catching up on your favourite box sets or finishing that fantastic blockbuster that you started on the beach. However, when you have had a change of diet it is more important than ever to get moving to help your body process food more quickly.
4. Keep it simple. Try to stick to foods that have a low glycemic load and avoid foods high on the glycemic index – typically carb-rich foods which send your blood sugar levels soaring just after you have eaten them, but which give you that awful crash later on – usually with the accompanying munchies that then have you reaching for the biscuit tin! Stick to simple grilled fish or chicken with salad or vegetables for a few days and your digestive system will thank you in no time – and you should even see a couple of holiday pounds drop away as an added bonus!
5. Try taking Milk Thistle. This is a traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over-indulgence of food and drink such as indigestion and upset stomach, based on traditional use only. The medicinal compound in milk thistle is silymarin, an extract of milk thistle seeds, which has long been acknowledged for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
HRI Milk Thistle tablets carry a Traditional Herbal Registration mark, which is your assurance of quality and safety. They are available at Holland and Barrett.