The holidays are quickly approaching! And that means we are most likely indulging in eating large heavy meals that we wouldn’t do in everyday life. Below are a few simple tips that you can do to help your mind and body handle eating all of these rich and decadent foods!
Also, I want to be clear that I feel any food made by a friend and family member with love is completely appropriate for you to be eating on these rare occasions! These are just some ideas that will help you digest these meals better, resulting in better digestion, which will make you feel better overall and enjoy your time with family and friends.
- Get some movement in! Get some exercise in the morning, and take a short walk after eating your large meal.
- Drink herbal tea throughout the day and especially 30 minutes before you eat. Some good choices are CCF tea, fresh ginger tea and chamomile tea.
- Take digestive bitters before your meal. (I like this one)
- Favor foods that are cooked with digestive spices like cinnamon, cardamom and ginger – like pumpkin pie.
- Also favor foods that are warm and well cooked – no cold salads!
- Go easy on the cheese. Cheese can be hard for you to digest, especially if included in the same meal as another protein, like turkey.
- If you can, avoid grazing on food all day long. Eat light meals before your big meal, like soup. Try to resist the urge to go crazy on the appetizers.
- If you are partaking in alcohol, stay hydrated! An Ayurvedic hydration drink is warm water with some fresh lime and a pinch of mineral salt.
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