WANT to stay looking trim this festive season, then try these tricks to avoid the bloat and keep a flatter stomach this December:
Little and often
That big over indulgent Christmas Day feast may be something you have been looking forward to for weeks but it can be hard for the body to digest and process all that food leading to excessive gas and bloating. Eating smaller meals more regularly is a preferred option and means those festive buffets may not be as bad as you think if you keep returning for little nibbles every now and then.
Avoid the fizz
We all like a glass of fizzy stuff at Christmas but the bubbles in prosecco and champagne as well as beer and coke can end up in your stomach leaving you dehydrated and bloated.
As tempting as it is to slob around catching up on television viewing during your time off, try and stay active during the festive season. Enjoying a walk along the beach, even getting active with the family on Wii sports games, can help speed up a sluggish digestion and help ease IBS symptoms.
No one wants to turn down a party invite and the buffet at the office party can be hard to avoid but, you can make careful choices in what you eat. Try and stay clear of pastry and fried foods and go for the healthier option of prawns, salmon and lean meat and indulge all you like in vegetables and fruit on offer. Take time chewing your food to allow your digestive system time to work. This will also help you realise when you are full before you over indulge.
Hot water and lemon
Try swapping that morning coffee for hot water and lemon to help wake up your digestive system. Peppermint and chamomile tea are also known for easing stomach problems.