Are you ready for the holidays? For all the dinner parties, family meals, tapas, games night snacks, movie snacks…?
Get togethers are often defined by the food, centred around the kitchen counter, lingering conversations at the table. We meet up with family we don’t see all the time, old friends or new friends at parties. It’s exciting. That’s great.
What goes out the window may be proper digestion.
When we are focused on talking, laughing, and catching up, we often forget to chew our food, and overeat. We also take an extra serving of this or that so our hosts (be it grandma, Aunt Ruth, or our friends) are happy. Sometimes it means eating what we don’t routinely eat and it can take a toll on our tummy.
We understand…so we put together some tips.
1 What We Eat
Even though Christmas does not fall on a Monday, it can still be meat-free and vegan egg nog this holiday season. Vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise; social referencing for this lifestyle is more positive, making it easier and more acceptable to be vegetarian, even on turkey day.
Ready to have your vegan Christmas plate? Try this Incredible Nut Roast from Jamie Oliver. Or his Squash and Pistachio Roast. Check out his vegetarian Christmas recipes. What about a Roasted Garlic and Kale Stuffing? Go gluten-free too, by using nut flour or just a nut base instead of wheat flour for your pastries.
If going plant-based is not possible, try proper food combining.
* Eat fruit on its own on an empty stomach. Consume fruit an hour before your meal or two hours after.
* Eat protein with non-starchy vegetables. Substitute the potatoes in the steak and potatoes dish with spinach or broccoli. Non-starchy veggies digest well in both acidic and alkaline environments.
Boost your digestion with enzymes like Enzymedica’s Digest Gold + Probiotics, Advanced Digestive Enzymes. Opt for soup or warm tea with a meal over cold drinks. For the holidays when your body may be stressed from travelling, or getting errands done in time, best to go for simple meals.
Boost your wellness with this Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie recipe. Heavy metals, according to Anthony William, feed viruses, bacteria, and parasites, confuse the immune system, inflame the central nervous system, and increase inflammation in the digestive tract. This recipe is a completely safe way to pull out those heavy metals. Atlantic Dulse makes sure it does not release inside the body, one reason Anthony William recommends this detox method over bentonite clay. (Check out Anthony William’s newest book Life-Changing Foods.
Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie Recipe from the Medical Medium
2 cups wild blueberries
1 cup cilantro
1 cup orange juice
1 tsp barley grass juice powder
1 tsp spirulina
1 small handful of Atlantic dulse
Optional: water to blend
2 How We Eat
It is easier to be mindful when we are alone, and silent. Being mindful with lots of people is a good way to deepen your practice. If you routinely skip conversations at meal times, let others know and observe your own silence. If you do get caught up with all the merriment, just focus on chewing. To help with digestion, which starts in the mouth, be sure to chew, chew, chew.
Other things to remember for better digestion:
Multiple small meals throughout the day.
Avoid eating after 8pm; at least skip the tropical fruits and the heavy stuff.
Hydrate throughout the day.
According to Yogic Treatments and Natural Remedies, “water is medicine for all diseases” and while a healthy person can consume three or four seers of water a day, a sick person 4 or 5 and even more for anyone with skin disease. It is best to drink with a little lemon and salt in the day, rather than gulp a lot at once. (A seer is a traditional unit of mass. In India, it was defined as 1.25kg with many local variants.)
Be sure to drink lots of clean filtered water, eat lots of fruits, and top up if you are consuming caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
3 How to Boost our Digestion
Our liver can take a toll, from (non-healthy) fatty foods and alcohol. Liver stagnation is a common ailment with modern lifestyle. Support your liver with Gaia Liver Health and emotional intelligence. The liver is linked with anger (and much more). Our organs affect our emotions and vice versa. Find out how to harmonize your liver with emotional balance.
Managing stress is another great way to help support our digestion. Other tips? Better posture (activate your core) and move.
We also love using Jin Shin Jyutsu. Simply place your hands over the bottom of your ribs and observe your breath. You can also hold your thumbs. Alternatively hold all your fingers for overall balance (and jet lag too!)
At the end of the day, the most important thing is to enjoy the company, the experience, and whatever matters most. Don’t over stress if you have that pie or an extra helping. Breathe. Minimize the stress and it will be better. Take it easy this holiday season and feel deep gratitude for all that is. Happy merry-making!