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Article by Carmen Farrugia

Tis the season to be jolly!

The trials and tribulations of Christmas can leave us feeling a little worse for wear. These user friendly tips can change your festive season for the better, and leave you wanting more.

Christmas is a time to cherish with family and friends, connect with people we may not get a chance to see throughout the year, bake more, buy more, socialise more and eat more. Joy Joy Joy.

On the flip side however, the busyness leading up to christmas, the stress of dealing with people we may not want to be around, eating more of the food we don't normally eat, financial strain, less sleep...the list goes on. Can play a toll on our body that's impossible to measure. The after effects can make us feel worse for wear with symptoms of tiredness, fatigue, low mood, anxiety, bloating, sluggishness, fogginess and constipated, to name a few. And all at the beginning of a new year!

As Christmas is a time of sharing, I'd like to share some tips with you that are easy to use, and can help prevent the negative after effects of christmas.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Aperitif. If your going out for dinner or to a party with 'party food' than indulge in one of these before you go. Just add a teaspoon of good quality ACV to Soda water and sprinkle with a few fennel or caraway seeds. ACV can also help with post indulgence indigestion, bloating and/or flatulence. Just take 1 tablespoon with meals neat (for the brave), or add 2 teaspoons to a small amount of water and sip with meals.
  2. Squeeze 1/2 Lemon in a water bottle and carry with you throughout the day. This will keep you hydrated before an event especially in the warmer weather. As well as support the liver to detoxify (especially alcohol). Better still take a good quality St Mary's Thistle supplement before and after a good night out.
  3. Snack on foods high in Magnesium and B vitamins. This can provide you with energy and help you cope with festive season stress. Give your adrenal gland the boost it deserves with foods such as almonds, cashews, seeds, parsnips, soy beans and eggs. Better still whip these power balls up from the merrymaker sisters, with your usual batch of christmas cheer and carry them with you as an energy snack. (see recipe below). The occassional Berocca will inject you with essential B vitamins and won't go astray the morning after a big night out.
  4. Make an appointment with your local naturopath in the new year for a well deserved detox! or just to get some advice on getting back on track with your health goals for 2014.

Remember to Have yourself a Merry little Christmas Now.

From your friendly naturopath.

raw paleo nut + seed ball recipe

250g pitted dates (soaked in boiling water for 15 mins minimum)

1 Tbs coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbs Stevia or raw honey

1 cup chopped raw almonds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds and 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup of shredded unsweetended coconut

2 Tbs raw cacao powder.


Drain dates. Place dates, coconut oil, stevia (or honey) and vanilla in a food processor and process until a smooth paste forms.

Transfer the paste into a large bowl and add remaining ingredients.

Mix well (hands work best).

Once combined roll spoonfuls of mixture into balls.

Refrigerate 30 mins.

Store in the fridge in an airtight container. Should last approx 10 days.


18 Dec 2013

Last Update: 20 Dec 2013

Article/Information supplied by Carmen Farrugia

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.