It’s that time of year when the feasting frenzies start to roll in! There is a flurry of functions to go to and we just can’t miss out (FOMO for some!)
We are all one of three types (I just made that up, but could be scientifically proven I’m sure!)
- You simply cave in and chow down on whatever you’re presented with and think no more of it
- You simply cave in, feel like shit and curse yourself for doing it
- You make the best choice you can and eat well for the rest of the week, move on.
Your best choice is number 3, you’ll see some ways to do it well below, number 1 is your second best option and number 2 is the worst option and I’ll explain why.
Stress around eating sucks big time, any time of year. It sucks for your body and your brain. Any type of stress affects your digestive system, your gut bugs and the torturous thoughts are super bad for your heart and head (now where is that research?). Then you’ve got all those other end-of-year stressors like too many Chiefs and not enough Indians, needing body doubles to get to each event and a double dose of pickling juice to top it off. I think I got an ulcer just thinking about it.
There are certain things you have control over, what you put in your mouth is one of them, what comes out of your mouth is for another day!
I’ve got a few tips for you to help you get through without bursting at the seams or forgetting what it feels like to be hungry.
- Without fail, every morning I will have a shot of Changing Habits Green Powder, Colloidal minerals and Probiotic Powder in a little water or added to a green smoothie. This gives me a guaranteed dose of goodness in case the veggie intake takes a dive. It is the perfect detox and immune boosting tool I use most of the year, but I’m particularly diligent around Christmas.
- Fermented foods like sauerkraut, yoghurt and kefir drinks feature in every meal or a quick scoff as I’m heading out the door. Your gut bugs are smashed when you drink booze and eat processed and deep fried foods – a favourite on the finger food platter. A little fermented foods often help keep the good guys up and the bad guys down.
- Have an appropriate sized feed before you head out, preferably packed with vegetables to keep your liver happy and the nutrients flowing, healthy fats and protein to keep you full. That way you’re not starvin’ Marvin!
The morning of the frenzy:
- A green smoothie is a perfect pre or post feasting breakfast.
- Drink lemon juice squeezed in water 20 minutes before each meal to keep your digestive juices flowing
- Do some exercise no matter how little time you have.
During the Frenzy:
- Don’t go to dinner or lunch starving. You’re more likely to overfill your plate. Besides, is a Festive meal ever at a mealtime?
- Be mindful of how much booze and nibbles you have before the meal that fills you up, but you eat anyway.
- If you have to take a plate, make it a fruit platter, roast vegetable salad, or tossed greens so you know you have something less stodgy to fill up on. Perfect scenario.
- Eat mindfully, don’t scoff your food down like you’ll never eat again! Chew and taste your food.
- Keep your portions in check. You will not die of starvation in the next 24 hours!
- Get everyone outside and for a walk after the meal to stretch the legs, talk to someone different and let the food settle before tackling dessert!!
The morning after:
- Try holding off on breakfast until late morning to give your system a rest.
- Keep today’s meals light especially if you have to back it up tomorrow!
- Include some fermented food or drinks to help replenish microbes damaged by your over indulgence!
- Drink plenty of water with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to keep the digestive juices flowing and that indigestion down.
- Go for a long walk and get some fresh air into your lungs
- When you’re not eating out, eat light on the protein and heavy on the greens
Don’t forget to be kind, tolerant and grateful for what you have and who you are with.
P.S. Here’s my fave, quick meal that can easily feed a crowd.