It’s almost here! Stuffing, sweet potatoes and marshmallows. Sugarplums, pie and candy. Kugel, strudel and soup. Green bean casserole, potatoes, gravy and for some, a turkey. ‘Tis the season for it all. And immediately following all the food debauchery is the feeling of overindulgence. What can we do to feel better when it feels so good being bad?
• First off, make sure you have an exit strategy. A long walk around the old neighborhood? A game of pickup basketball? A blanket mission to help deliver warmth to the homeless? Whatever it is, try to plan some activities that get your body moving. And if it’s the movies, try to walk there instead of driving.
• Get some greens into your body. Whether in the form of salad or stewed collards, getting some leafy greens into your days during and following Thanksgiving will help the body digest. Process. Recuperate.
• Start your days off with fresh fruit. The enzymes and live food power of it will help your body heal from an overindulgent holiday. It feels better inside not to start the day following a big meal, with another one.
• Skip a meal or two. Allow the body to rest from all the digesting its been doing. If you’re really hungry, opt for a green smoothie (60% fresh fruit and 40% leafy green vegetables. i.e. 2 cups of spinach, 2 frozen bananas and a pear, blended well).
• Get enough water. Drink enough water to help you flush all the food and to help keep your digestion moving.
• If you’re feeling unrest in the tummy, reach for some ginger or peppermint tea.
And with that dear friends, I wish you a most blessed thanksgiving. We have a short week, to make sure that we get a chance to say our blessings and give thanks as well.
With love, respect, and other nutrients,