Celebrations and the chance to indulge in some delicious treats is something most people look forward to. If, however, you have a sensitive gut, the idea of navigating celebrations can bring anxiety rather than excitement. Here at Kfibre, we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy delicious food without pain, so here are our 5 dietitian tips to help you de-stress and enjoy your celebrations.
Set your intentions for the day
Spend a few minutes the day before thinking about how you want your meal to pan out. You might want to make some notes beside each of these thoughts:
- How do you want to feel going into a celebration meal?
- What foods will be there that you really want to eat?
- What foods really just don’t interest you?
- How do you want to feel at the end of the day and the day after?
This may sound strange, but having your regular meals is an important part of enjoying the special foods. Make sure to include breakfast and snacks that you know help you feel good. This will make sure that you don’t arrive somewhere ravenous and wanting demolish every appetiser you see.
How you eat is just as important, if not more so, that what you eat. Eating too much, eating too fast or talking while eating can contribute to bloating and poor digestion. Making a point of eating mindfully helps to slow down and really enjoy the experience of the meal. Smell your food, take a small bite and experience all the flavours and the textures.
- Smile at someone between each bite
- Scan your body. Pause every so often and check in with your hunger levels, this will help to honour your hunger and respect your fullness.
Enjoy some movement
It doesn’t matter if you do yoga before breakfast, head out for a walk or play backyard cricket with the family. Fresh air and light exercise are great for the soul and digestion.
Don’t forget your Kfibre
Kfibre as a whole-plant prebiotic fibre not only supports your gut microbiome, it also aids normalising digestion and reducing dietary indigestion.
By Joanna Baker, APD & RN