Enjoy Holiday Food and Drink Without Feeling Terrible!

Enjoy Holiday Food and Drink Without Feeling Terrible!

Like most,  I tend to indulge a bit during the holidays. I came to the conclusion that I will never be able to say NO to all the delicious temptations, so instead I developed a few simple ways to avoid some of the repercussions.

Here are the ways I avoid or at least minimize some of the side effects of these indulgences such as indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, headaches, sluggishness, and even weight gain during the holidays!

Please let me know which ones worked best for you this season!

1. Fiber is your friend during the holidays! – Fiber binds many of the unhealthy fats, alcohol, cholesterol, and sugar in your gut and either keeps you from absorbing it all together or slows the process so you do not get experience “food or sugar coma”. Also fiber will ensure that you you do not experience as much diarrhea, constipation, gas (fiber’s more well known effects). I recommend blending kale, one apple, one carrot, fresh ginger, and water over pysillium husk (Metamucil) as the kale blend will be fiber and nutrient dense. Make a blender full each morning and drink 8oz prior to each meal.

2. Digestive Enzymes – Although most people attribute heart burn to too much acidity in the stomach (which it sometimes can be), I find that more people do not have enough acid to diegest the starch, fat, and sugar rich foods of the holidays. Taking a digestive enzymes with Betatine HCL, proteases, amylase, trypsin, lipase, and pancreatin will help break the food down insuring better digestion. Take 3-5 Biotics Research Hydrozymes before each meal. Keep in mind acid reflux could also be due to a neuro-mechanical dysfunction of your esophageal sphincter, which is typically simple to correct.

3. Put your fork and knife down! – Between each bite set your fork and knife down. Chew and enjoy each bite and give your brain time to realize you are satiated. You will be surprised how quick you get full.

4. Go Clear! – When drinking alcohol, go clear. Try a soda water and  vodka over a whiskey and coke. You love your decision the next day. Also typically more expensive alcohols, just like organic foods, have less additives and impurities in them which can take extra stress off your liver.

5. Get your body tuned up – We can provide you with treatment to optimize the performance of your nervous system, which has shown to improve digestion. If you tend to have indigestion after meals, we can help you identify and address these issues.

Try these five steps and let me know if they work as good for you as they do for my patients and I!

Please keep in mind that you should always consult with your Dr. before making any drastic changes to your diet or lifestyle, especially if you are taking medications.

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