As those who follow me here know, I’m a huge, HUGE food lover. I love to cook, bake and of course, eat but equally I care about my health with nutrition being key to me without feeling deprived.
I’m a big believer in the 80/20 rule so stick to healthy eating 80% of the time with indulgent treats 20% of the time (with a whole lot of exercise most days, in between).
Christmas has seen that ratio switch if I’m honest, with indulgent food taking priority, but I refuse to feel guilty about it because ’tis the season to be jolly and all that, and in my case get tipsy from too much brandy sauce (really)!
It’s time now to get back on track however…
Indulging doesn’t come without a price, however. Rich food has meant digestive health issues (I spent last week in agony from wheat overload, a grain which hates me) so the last few days has seen me scale back on the non-stop scoffing, returning back to normal, balanced eating and vitally, getting my gut health top-notch.
A healthy gut has a ton of benefits from sleep to digestion and wellbeing, and taking daily supplement Bimuno has helped me feel myself again.
Bimuno is a supplement that naturally feeds and stimulates the growth of preferred bacteria in the gut which helps to maintain immune health and support my natural systems. I’ve been adding it to my coffee, porridge and even at night in hot milk. I don’t feel bloated and my energy has increased.
Bimuno contains a unique galacto-oligosaccharide that naturally feeds and stimulates the growth of preferred bacteria in the gut, helping to maintain a good balance between the various types of bacteria present – this balance is important in maintaining health and wellbeing and I felt the effects instantly.
Bimuno has surveyed 2,000 adults across the UK to gather insights in dietary habits, revealing that digestive discomfort is a common theme over the festive period. They found 20% of respondents said they ate or drank so much that it caused stomach issues.
The other stats were interesting and definitely something I could relate to, too.
7% of people avoid festive food they LOVE for fear of the digestive repercussions.
12% of the UK avoid sprouts due to digestive discomfort – this is followed by Christmas pudding, egg nog, mulled wine and mince pies.
25% of 25-34 year olds avoid cheese and biscuits and even though it causes digestive issues it seems folk can’t refuse these Christmas classics – mince pies (15.3%), pigs in blankets (14.6%), cheese and biscuits (14.2%), Christmas pudding (12.6%) and Brussel sprouts (11.9%) and 25% of the UK have to tailor Christmas menus to cater for digestive issues of their guests.
Interestingly, the survey unveiled a lot about the immune system and how excessive eating affected people over the festive period.
40% of people admit to feeling tired and run-down over Christmas. Excess eating (43%), rich food (34%), stress of shopping (33%), the change in weather (30%) and drinking alcohol (29%) are the top five causes.
40% of the respondents said it took them up to 2 weeks to feel normal again after the excess of Christmas (it took 6% up to 1 month).
30% of 35-44 year olds think age is making them feel the effects of the Christmas indulgences more (23% of all respondents agree).
Luckily help is at hand with these tips from Dr Ayan Panja, doctor and BBC presenter, which you can apply now and always.
- Eat more whole foods – a variety of fruit and vegetables, pulses, nuts and wholegrains feed healthy bacteria in your gut. (If your diet is low in fibre, a sudden increase can cause wind and bloating. Minimise this by making gradual changes and drink extra water).
- Avoid antibiotics if possible, but if you really need them, make sure you eat lots of foods that boost your microbes afterwards like fermented cheese and live yoghurt.
- Have a run of sugar and alcohol free days in the run up to the festive season.
- Manage your stress. Exercise, meditation, mindfulness can all help.
- Make life easier. Yes it’s a hectic period so make healthier living a little easier and take a daily supplement. There are lots of good options available, including Bimuno which promotes the growth of ‘good’ bacteria in your gut.
This is a sponsored campaign but all opinions as always, are honest.