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How to stop feeling stuffed, bloated and full of regret at Christmas

I want to introduce you to a word I love, ‘replete’.

You may not have heard it before, but my grandfather used to use it often.

Anytime there was a big celebration meal Grandad Eccleshall would lean back in his chair when he was done eating and say:

“I am replete”.

It’s the perfect word to describe that feeling of pleasantly full, after a delicious meal.

Do you feel replete after a family gathering?

Or do you feel stuffed, bloated and full of regret?

I know what it’s like, this used to be me too.

But now I follow in my Grandfather's footsteps and focus on feeling good after a massive party.

How exactly do I do this?

I make sure to incorporate lots of veges into my daily meals and simplify the nutrition of my holiday season non-party meals.

When it’s time for a “treat”, or a special event, I focus on joyfully indulging in tasty morsels without feeling like I have to have massive amounts of everything.

Choose wisely what passes your lips!

The thought behind each mouthful is important too.

It has taken a lot of practice, but I focus on positive intention rather than worrying about whether I ‘should’ be having something or whether I ‘deserve’ it.

I enjoy every mouthful and stop before I’m full, it takes a bit for our brains to catch up with our stomachs, so don’t rush it.

Here’s a few tips on easy ways to make sure you’re eating nutrient dense foods to give you all the energy you need for all the end of year events.

Keep it simple:

Use straight-forward recipes, basic pantry ingredients and let the flavour of your ingredients shine through.

Make it easy:

Prep ahead and make it easy to follow through on your plan (yes, make a plan).

Snack Smart:

Cut up veggies like carrots, cucumbers, and peppers into snack-sized portions. Keep them in the fridge so you can easily grab a nutritious snack on the go. Pair them with hummus or nut butter.

One-Pan Wonders:

Simplify your meals by preparing one-pan dishes that include a variety of colorful vegetables. Roasting vegetables alongside proteins like chicken or fish is a quick and efficient way to get a balanced meal.

Soup's On:

Make a big batch of vegetable soup on the weekend and portion it into individual servings. It's an easy and nourishing option for lunch or dinner throughout the week.

Salad Jars:

Assemble salads in mason jars by layering ingredients in a way that keeps them fresh. Start with dressing at the bottom, followed by sturdy veggies, and finish with delicate greens. Grab a jar in the morning for a hassle-free lunch.

Stir-Fry in a Flash:

Keep a bag of pre-cut stir-fry veggies in your freezer. Stir-frying is a quick cooking method, and having veges ready to go makes it even faster. Pair with your choice of protein for a speedy, nutrient-packed meal. Check out my blog post Stir-Fry Formula: How To Make Dinner Quick and Easy.

Vegetable Omelets:

Add diced vegetables to your morning omelet. Prep the veggies the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is whisk the eggs and toss in the prepped vegetables.

Get Goldbush Veges:

Get your fresh veges delivered to your door and take one thing “off your plate”.

It’s one small thing I can do to help.

If you want other ways I can help check out the blog for recipes for all kinds of veges including my favorite Peanut Dressing.

I hope you have a fantastic end of year and holiday season and find time to relax, appreciate and enjoy the time.

Early Xmas Party at Goldbush with family and friends.


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