HOW TO COUNTERBALANCE HOLIDAY INDULGENCE10th December 2018
The festive period is for celebrating with family and friends and holidays are for relaxation and fun. Eating and drinking is a big part of these celebrations and over indulging can leave us feeling heavy, bloated and uncomfortable.
Here are few simple tips that have helped me over the years. I come from a big family, as does my partner and we usually end up seeing both sides of the family on the same day. Copious amounts of food is on the agenda.
- Skip a meal the day before, the day of and the day after. Enjoy two meals a day and drink plenty of water and herbal teas in between. This will lighten the load.
- Eat slowly. It works! Digestion begins with chewing. If you chew food slowly, you’ll ready your digestive juices which in turn will support digestion and absorption leading to less bloating and discomfort.
- Add in bitter foods & drinks. Enjoy an aperitif, bitter greens and leaves such as rocket and our D-Tox Bitters Tea. Bitters stimulate fat digestion, perfect for heavy fatty meats and indulgent desserts. Bitters also help the liver detox and cleanse. Drink 3 cups of D-Tox Bitters Tea in between meals.
- Relieve your gut with carminative herbal teas. These include fennel seed, chamomile, caraway seed, dill seed, ginger root, cinnamon bark, star anise, clove bud and aniseed. These herbs alleviate bloating, colic, wind and indigestion. Drink 3-4 cups over the day in between meals. Our Nourish Tummy Tea hits the spot!
- Relax, meditate and get grounded. Did you know the counterbalance to the fight / flight response is the rest and digest state? During the fight / flight response also known as the stress response, the body speeds up, tenses up and becomes more alert. Functions not critical to survival shut down. These include digestive, reproductive and memory. All blood flow shunts away from digestion, a less critical function during stress. As a consequence eating in a stressed out state leads to poor digestion and and digestive discomfort. So do what you need to do to relax and counterbalance stress. Relaxing music, laughter, love and anything creative with stimulate the rest and digest state.
Happy holidays to you and yours. Stay safe and well. Love, connect and enjoy!