The festive season is all about the three Fs – family, fun and food, glorious food! After a year of trying to eat healthily, come December I dive head first into a vat of mince pies and copious leftovers washed down with a champers/Aperol Spritz/mojito.
Yes, I sure know how to have a merry ol’ time over the summer holidays. Unfortunately, my tendency to overindulge leads to more than just some extra junk in my trunk. Other undesirable side effects include tummy aches, gas and enough bloating to warrant being asked if I’m pregnant…with twins.
If you’re a serial festive season overindulger like me, here are some tried and tested ways to deal with the Christmas bloat that’ll see you through to wiring your jaws in January.
1. Avoid the fizz.
I’m not going to tell you to steer clear of the sauv blanc because it’s the end of the year – you’ve worked hard and you deserve a few festive beverages. Just try and alternate the cork-popping with drinking water at room temperature along with some herbal tea. Avoid fizzy drinks, chewing gum and anything else that’ll cause you to swallow more air as they’ll likely add four weeks to your food baby’s gestation.
While you’re at it, step away from that leftover cauliflower bake and other high-FODMAP foods because they are known to be the bloated belly’s arch nemeses.
2. Get expert advice.
Waddle your tum to a pharmacist to get all the advice you need to treat the symptoms of indigestion. I spoke to Krystel Tresilian, a clinical services pharmacist from TerryWhite Chemmart, who gave me some tips about managing bloating during Christmas.
"Eat a well-balanced diet and ensure you include plenty of sources of fibre, such as wholegrains and fruit and vegetables," she told me. "Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, particularly if you're also drinking alcohol. And as much as possible during the festive season, try to avoid overeating – watch your portion sizes."
Krystel added: "If you do have symptoms of indigestion which persist or are causing discomfort, speak to your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist. We have options available over the counter for the relief of mild to moderate indigestion symptoms like pain, bloating, burping and reflux."