Great holiday traditions include great holiday meals, snacks and parties with friends, co-workers and family. But this is also one of the seasons where we all throw caution to the wind and indulge in more processed foods, sugars, and alcohol than we normally eat. These foods have a tendency to create lots of problems with our digestive systems and actually suppress our immune systems.
So here are a few tips to support your system during these times.
Stay hydrated. This is the simplest way to reduce cravings for alcohol and processed foods, and keep your system in balance.
Eat protein for breakfast. This will help your blood sugar stay more balanced throughout the day. This also reduces the need to snack a lot through the day, or binge on not so healthy choices.
Eat lots of vegetables. They are high in antioxidants that help alkalize our bodies and boost immunity. They also displace cravings for processed foods.
Take probiotics. They support your bodies natural good bacteria, reduce gut inflammation, and boost your immune system. Grains, sugars and dairy products can feed the bad bacteria in our bodies and create imbalance.
Have fun! That's what the Holidays are for. Have joy when you indulge. Guilt causes inflammation, so if you are going to eat or drink something really enjoy it. We call it Comfort Food for a reason. It reminds us of times when we were comfortable. That is a good thing!
Make your own healthy cookies or cakes. Here's how:
Only use organic, raw sweeteners: They are healthier, more nutritious, taste better and make you feel better than processed sweeteners.
Half the Sugar: If you are baking or cooking anything that calls for sugar use only half the sugar the recipe calls for. I've been baking like that for years and it is amazing.
Use organic flour: GMO and chemically grown grains are detrimental to our health.
Try blending in some almond flour into your wheat flour to increase the protein and healthy fats in your baked goods!
Have a great holiday/party season. Enjoy yourselves. Holidays are for connecting with each other! If you really go crazy you can always do a cleanse. Just ask me how!