January is the time when everyone tries to get their eating habits in order, after a month of over-indulging leaves you bloated and groggy. Weeks of partying, unhealthy festive treats and excessive drinking can take its toll on your body and can have a detrimental effect on your gut health too. Meanwhile, alcohol consumption may have taken its toll on your liver, as well as contributing to unwanted weight loss. But what can you do to shed the pounds you piled on over Christmas?

With a few simple diet changes, you’ll notice the weight drop off in January as your body readjusts to a balanced diet.

Nutritionist and founder of Nosh Detox, Ms Geeta Sidhu-Robb shared some example diet plans with Express.co.uk, advising how to flush out the toxins that filled your body over Christmas and how to stop snacking.

Breakfast options

Geeta advises you add protein and slow-release carbohydrates into your diet to help avoid snacking, giving the following breakfast ideas:

  • Tofu with walnuts and roasted green pepper with Romanian caraway.
  • Muesli with coconut yoghurt and dried fruit
  • Fruit smoothie with yoghurt and honey
  • Scrambled eggs with walnuts and roasted green pepper with Romanian caraway

Morning snack options

The nutritionist said incorporating lots of fruit and vegetables will ensure you are getting enough vitamins and nutrients in your diet.

  • Coconut yoghurt with pumpkin seeds
  • Apple, carrot and ginger juice
  • Greek yoghurt with berries

Lunch options

  • Salmon with garlic and oregano broccoli and cauliflower rice
  • Grilled chicken salad with avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, beetroot and an olive oil and balsamic dressing
  • Chicken and vegetable stir fry
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Geeta explained the addition of salmon will also be beneficial to your immunity, explaining: “Salmon contains high quality protein, vitamins and minerals including omega 3 which is essential for improving immunity.”

Afternoon snack options

  • 30g walnuts
  • Celery sticks and humus
  • Avocado with lemon and olive oil

“Celery contains steroid acids which aid digestion, and is very low in calories but high in fibre which will keep you feeling full, while avocados contain few calories but will also keep you feeling full – which will help prevent snacking.”

Dinner options

  • Grilled broccoli, pecan and pistachio salad with lemon dressing
  • Grilled seabass with grilled tomatoes, wilted spinach and salad
  • Leek and watercress soup

The nutritionist added: “Chicken is a very lean meat with little fat, and contains plenty of calcium.”

Geeta also warned dieters of the importance of staying hydrated, adding: “To get your diet back on track after Christmas, it is important to set realistic and achievable goals. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water which will help keep you feeling fuller as well as flushing out toxins.”

Source
Daily Express :: Diets Feed
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