A Healthy Girl’s Guide to NOT Getting Hungover

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What I drink: My biggest tip (and most people know this) is stick to one drink throughout the night – don’t mix. So my #1 choice (because it literally is as healthy as alcohol can get) is vodka, lime and soda water. Do not get tonic water – this contains sugar. It also means that you are getting some hydration at the same time (from the soda water) unlike drinking cocktails or wine.

Before I go out: Have a good dinner that will keep you satiated for the whole night. I would never be tempted by processed foods, but many people do get tempted especially after a few drinks. So have a filling dinner before you leave. My staple is guacamole, sweet potato, green veggies, olive oil and a fried egg –> Lots of fat and liver to help my liver detoxify the alcohol.

When I got home: 

  • Drink 2 big glasses of water
  • Take 1-2 activated B6 supplements (to recover more quickly from dehydration)
  • 1 teaspoon of Vitamin C powder (try this one) in filtered water (it’s a very potent form of vitamin c which is a powerful antioxidant to combat the stress to your cells)
  • Spray magnesium spray over your middle body to help combat the dress and boost detoxification
  • Eat some fat and carbs (in the form of veggies) – I ate a couple of tablespoons of almond butter on some leftover sweet potato toast from dinner. By eating something like this when I get home, it also means that I don’t wake up STARVING and then binge eat (on something healthy) first thing in the morning because I’m ravishing.
  • 400mg of Magnesium Glycinate 
  • 2 tablets of L-Tyrosine 
  • 1-2 tablets of Activated Charcoal (have 2 tablets if you drank a lot)
  • 2000mg of Turmeric tablets

In the morning after I woke up: 

  • Get up and go for a walk. Even if you don’t want to, just go. This is literally the only time I tell you to not listen to your body and just exercise. By going for a power walk (which isn’t anything strenuous) you will wake up your body and mind which starts to boost the detoxification pathways. Exercising boosts brain functions so it will help you to actually have a brain for the day (I usually lose mine when I’m hungover)
  • Make a BIG breakfast with lots of veggies, some eggs for protein and 1/2 an avocado for fat. Roast up Brussels, asparagus, cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms and sautee some leafy greens in coconut oil or ghee. This is probably the best liver cleansing breakfast you could have. Make sure to include Brassica vegetables and green leafy veggies along with your poached eggs and avocado for maximum detoxification.
    • Having a BIG breakfast will help to keep cravings at bay for the rest of the day
    • Try this recipe 
  • DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. I try to drink more water than usual throughout the day (not tea) and include lemon juice in your water to aid in the elimination of toxins
  • Have a nap at 12 noon to keep you going. If you end up getting super tired you are going to be unproductive and probably turn to food. Being sleep deprived can disrupt two of your hormones that are responsible for hunger- ghrelin, and leptin. When you do not get adequate sleep, the body makes more ghrelin and less leptin, leaving you hungry and increasing your appetite.

Also, please note that this doesn’t get rid of you being tired from lack of sleep, it just stops you from feeling sick or having a pounding headache.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Can bone broth reduce wrinkles and cellulite?

The health of your joints depends on the collagen in your ligaments, tendons and the ends of your bones and whilst people used to eat soup and stock made from bones all the time, it isn’t so much the case anymore … and it’s showing as we limp into doctors surgeries with sore backs, knees, and fingers and they just supply us with prescriptions and surgeries. Collagen a family of biomolecules which include the molecules called glucosaminoglycans which keep out joints healthy. You can supplement with glucosamine, which is one of the members of the glucosaminoglycan family and it passes through your body intact and once it gets to the bloodstream it somehow knows to go straight to your cartilage. What’s even more epic is that glucosamine can stimulate the growth of new healthy collagen to help repair damaged joints.

Collagen isn’t just in your joints though, it’s in your bones, skin, arteries and your hair and everywhere in between. So, a glucosaminine-rich broth is kinda like a youth serum which has the ability to rejuvenate your body no matter what your age. But the ability for collagen to stand up to the law of gravity, depends on the elastin in your skin. When we develop wrinkles, it’s mostly because our elastin has sprung and when we have healthy amounts of elastin in our bodies, we are able to look younger than we are. Although this sounds pretty damn good, there is a downfall….since it is supposed to be made to last, it doesn’t make much after puberty. It can only be made when it is hanging out in a pool of hormones and growth factors. So drink up while you’re young!

The highest quality skin products contain collagen nutrients, so why not feed your skin from the inside out?

If skin cream that costs $100 can help your skin boost its collagen, why not make bone broth for $7 at home that would also supply your body with dozens of growth factors. The nutrients in the bone broth actually start to switch the collagen growth factors ‘on’ so your body will start making more collagen naturally. Shoving cream on your skin won’t cut it.

 

But make sure you’re doing this in conjunction with cutting all sugars and vegetable oils out of your diet. This combination of the two most deadly things creates chronic inflammation and affects the collagen in your body, making you seem older than you are. 

Collagen doesn’t come from genetics and you must actually eat it in order to get the benefits.

Cellulite: 

Although there is no direct study between bone broth and a reduction in cellulite, there are plenty of reasons to suggest how it can reduce cellulite. Most people think that cellulite comes from putting on weight but actually, it can also come from the lumpy irregular cellulite that forms in fat depositions that lack adequate connective tissue to support a smooth shape. The connective tissue is distributed throughout fat tissues, including cellulite and cellulite comes from that fact that it contains less of the supportive collagen structure that helps to keep the layer of fat organised and smooth. 
To get rid of cellulite, combine exercise with a diet high in healthy, natural fats including animal fat and collagen rich bone broth. This will send the message to your body to replace the fat pockets with smooth, toned curves. Much sexier 😉 

Visual representation of skin changes over a lifetime and the way in which a lack of collagen and elastin results in wrinkles and indents in your skin like cellulite. Collagen in a way ‘pushes your wrinkles and dimples out’ to make the skin soft and smooth again. 

 

Summary: 

  • Want softer joints? Drink bone broth and include more collagen in your diet
  • Want to reduce wrinkles? Drink bone broth and include more collagen in your diet
  • Want to reduce cellulite? Drink bone broth and include more collagen in your diet
  • To get all three….drink (you guessed it) bone broth, include more collagen and CUT OUT ALL SUGAR AND VEGETABLE OIL

Bloating. What’s causing yours?

Whether you have IBS or not, bloating can seriously mess with your head. When you look down and see a bloated stomach your logic disappears from your mind. You know that is it legit not possible to gain 10kgs in a day, but in that moment you fricken believe it!!

This is part of being a women too and having the brain that we have. We will create the story that we didn’t eat well enough, we have to starve ourselves to have a flat stomach, we can’t eat if we don’t want to be bloated etc etc. All this mean girl talk and guess what…it only creates MORE stress and stress creates havoc on your gut…leading to more BLOATING!!

It’s important that you figure out what is triggering it:

  • Is it related to your period?
  • Does it happen after you eat lunch? If so, what are you eating for lunch? Did you actually chew your lunch? Were you eating and doing something else at the same time?
  • Is it worse when you are stressed? (It is for me!)
  • Did your IBS begin after a relationship break-up or a period of disordered eating?
  • Did it start after food poising or after a holiday/travel?

If it is starting during the time before your period it is likely to be estrogen dominance and therefore you need to detox your liver more. I’ll teach you all about this in my 8-week program coming October 3rd.

If it is starting after you have had a meal, try to figure out what was in your meal that caused you to bloat. Common foods that cause bloating is fruit, gluten and grains, dairy, coffee. Try removing these from your diet for a trial period of 4 weeks and see how you feel.

Also, drinking water during your meal can cause bloating. Your stomach pH range should be 1.9 which is so acidic it would burn you if it touched your skin but for many people, their stomach acid isn’t acidic enough and isn’t ideal for optimal digestion. Animal proteins are best digested at a pH level of 1.9 while starch is best at a pH level of 2.1. Whilst the two levels might not seem that different, it can be the difference of feeling bloated or flat after your meal. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar help the stomach acid before a meal. Drink lemon water throughout the day if you find you get bloated easily. This helps me SO MUCH throughout my day when it then comes to meal times. Also, when possible have a shot of ACV before your meal. To start off with, dilute it in some water and work your way up to just shotting it straight like a shot from the bar! (But a shit load better for you!)


Water has a pH level of 7 or above and when you add a ph level of 7 with one of 2, you dilute your stomach acid causing bloating. Avoid water 15 minutes before your meal and 15 minutes after your meal. Trust me, it works – I’ve changed my drinking habits because of this.

Stress also affects your gut. The cells that line your gut can come apart during adulthood as a result of the production of a protein called zonulin, gastrointestinal infection or stress. The chronic stress affects the strength of the gut cells and signals them to move further apart so that more nutrition can get into the blood as nutrient requirements increase during times of stress. The problem though is that we are stuck in this response and toxins are getting through the gut wall and into our blood stream creating inflammation and your gut losing its integrity creating ‘leaky gut’.

If you have started getting bloated after you returned home from travelling you may have caught a bug. This has happened to me and can completely F up your gut balance. Go and see a naturopath and get a stool sample to determine what your gut imbalance is so you can work towards fixing it.