How to ‘Lighten Up’ After the Holiday Period


I am sure some of us are still feeling a little heavy and bloated after the holiday season. You are not alone. This is a feeling that is not uncommon at this time of the year.

When you think about it, most of us didn’t just take the 2-3 weeks off work. We also spent December catching up with friends, colleagues and acquaintances and no doubt shared a few too many Christmas drinks.

Nutritionist and women’s health expert Pip Reed believes this is nothing to worry about and with a few easy adjustments you will be back to normal in no time.

Here are Pip’s top tips for helping you ‘lighten up’ post-festive season:

  • Cut out the booze! Going dry for a few weeks will cut out unnecessary liquid calories, decreasing inflammation and fluid retention which will enable your body to shift those excess kgs.
  • Do the Pip Reed Nutritionist 3 Day Smoothie Slim Down: It is best done either 3 days in a row or every other day for a week. You’ll feel slimmer, leaner, less bloated and it’s a great kickstart to your weight loss goals without feeling too deprived! For free smoothie slim down recipes go to


  • Cut out refined carbs including all bread, pasta, packaged foods such as biscuits and cake for a fortnight. Swap them with fresh fruit and vegetables in abundance, with lean protein from fish, eggs and vegetable sources.
  • Drink more water to boost your metabolism and cleanse your liver. Aim for 2 glasses of lemon in Luke-warm water before every meal and snack.
  • Become a mindful eater! The holidays are all about abundance, relaxation and pleasure, which can often lead to weight gain. Rethink what you’re eating – throw out the leftover Christmas cake and chocolates; How you’re eating – chew your food properly, slow down and take note of when you’re getting full and stop; When you’re eating – cut out unnecessary snacks and grazing and go back to structured meals; and portion sizes – cut the amount of food on your plate by a third, and don’t go back for seconds!

Delicious Recipes by Pip Reed

Peanut Butter Ice-cream/Frozen Yoghurt:


  • 1/2 cup organic peanut butter with no added sugar or salt
  • 1 1/5 cups yoghurt (Greek, plain, coconut, etc.) OR tin lite organic coconut milk
  • 1-2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


Throw all ingredients in a blender until creamy. Pour into a glass storage container or even better, Popsicle containers. You can add dollops of peanut butter after and stir through if you want it to be chunkier.

Place in the freezer for 4+ hours.

Fish Taco Mess – serves 2


  • 250g Barramundi (approx. 2 fillets) or fish of choice
  • Paprika
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Coconut oil for cooking

Salad Ingredients

  • 1/4 red cabbage, chopped
  • 1 small capsicum, diced
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • Cos lettuce leaves
  • Apple cider vinegar for dressing


  • 1/2 avocado, mashed
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, diced


  • Chop up the Barra and cover with paprika, cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Set aside for 5-10 mins.
  • Chop up all the veggies and lay the lettuce leaves over the plate. Add the chopped vegies on top.
  • Heat up a fry pan with 1 tsp. coconut oil. Once melted, add the fish and stir until cooked approx. 5 mins, it will flake apart.
  • Place on top of the vegetables.
  • For the guacamole, simply mash all ingredients together and cover with a squeeze of lemon juice and salt and pepper.
  • Place a dollop on top of the fish.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar as salad dressing.1011


Pip Reed is a qualified, certified and registered nutritionist, personal trainer and Australia’s first trained and qualified Yoga-Fit instructor, with over ten years experience in the health and fitness industries. She is regularly featured in the media as a health expert and she is the co-founder of the soon to be launched online nutrition clinic, with Dietitian Robbie Clark.

Pip is a Women’s Health Expert who specialises in weight loss, hormones, endometriosis and healthy aging. Her fresh insights into achieving beauty both inside and out using nutrition as the basis of health and well-being are always realistic and designed to work with people’s lives. Untitled


Written by Sophie Howe.