It’s that time of year again – the holiday “eating season.” And, while lots of people think the holidays are the most wonderful time of year, your gut may disagree.
This time of the year people flood their system with rich, sugary foods – and that can lead to digestive issues, low immune function, and plenty of weight gain. In fact, Americans gain an average of 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and the New Year.
SO HOW DO YOU AVOID STRESSING YOUR GUT OUT OVER THE HOLIDAYS?
1 - START SMART
Starting each day with a healthy, balanced meal sets a good intention for the day. And if you eat something nourishing first thing, you’re more likely to stay full and energized, and less prone to unhealthy snacking.
I like to start the day with seasonal fruit, coconut yogurt, and a Vital Meal Protein Shake – it’s a balance of probiotics, prebiotics, vegan pea protein and powerful nutrients designed to kick-start each day with health.
2 - CHOOSE WISELY AT THOSE HOLIDAYS PARTIES
That means watching your sugar and carb intake, and paying close attention to what you drink. I like to start my night with a green salad – before I go out – to fill me up a little. It helps me make good choices when I’m out!
3 - PACE YOURSELF
Eat slowly, and eat small portions. Wait 20 minutes after the first course (and drink a big glass of water). That way, your gut has time to tell your brain “I’m full!” and you avoid overeating.
4 - HELP YOUR GUT
This might be the most important tip of all – because here’s the truth:you’re likely going to indulge – at least a little – over the holidays. And that’s fine. After all, fun with friends and family is an amazing way to lift your spirit.
But since it’s the season of indulgence, it’s important to give your digestive system plenty of support. And that means taking two things:
Akasha Naturals’ Flora Plus: This helps populate your gut with beneficial bacteria to aid digestion, reduce discomfort and bloating, and keep your energy levels high. Look for a probiotic with at LEAST 15 billion CFUs of live, active cultures – the more the better! And make sure you’re taking in a variety of strains – each has a slightly different function.
DigestaZyme: This is key for helping your body break
down food efficiently so you get the most nutrients possible from your food. Your body makes a certain amount of enzymes on its own, but adding more to the mix – especially if you know you’re going to be eating heavy meals – really helps keep your digestion efficient and comfortable.
5 - GET MOVING
It’s easy to decide that winter is a time to hibernate – after all, when it’s chilly outside, it can be really hard to stay motivated to exercise.
But exercise has been shown to be key for helping ease digestion...and, it’s a great way to balance out those heavy meals.
Here’s the great news – you don’t have to train for a marathon to enjoy the health benefits of exercise. You can shovel snow, enjoy a family snowball fight, play a game of football after Thanksgiving dinner, take a couple of extra laps around the mall when you’re holiday shopping... Just make it a point to get moving for at least 20 minutes a day (preferably more), all season long!
Vital Fuel reduces fatigue, improves cellular function and aides muscle strength recovery. Our powerful Vital Fuel is perfect for your workout!
Oh, and one other thing: HAVE Fun during the holidays, always remembering to sprinkle it with GRATITUDE. It will add a lot more to your season of lights.
Please contact the Akasha Center to schedule a consultation with Edison de Mello, MD, PhD. (310) 451-8880. www.akashacenter.com.