Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Turkey Day Digestive Tips

I thought that some of you may want a few tips so that you don't go to bed the night of Thanksgiving, with an aching full belly and feeling the effects of a food coma. Follow these simple steps and feel better about the day, and the days following!

1) Try to eat your meal late lunch or early evening time when the digestive fire is still at its highest. Meaning that it will able to digest and burn through the food at a better rate, then later in the evening when it is preparing for sleep.
2) Cut ginger into dime size rounds and sprinkle each piece with salt and drizzle with fresh lemon juice. Eat 1-2 pieces before the meal. Ginger helps stoke the digestive fire and gets it ready for optimal digestion.
3) Scope out the food scene and just dish up your plate once. After you eat, don't regret what you put into your body, most likely the food was prepared with so much love that you will be smiling. Just enjoy!
4) Sip 6 oz warm to hot ginger tea or water with your meal.
5) Enjoy a small helping of dessert and (if you are a wine drinker) have an 6oz glass of red wine at this point of the meal as an digestive aid.
6) After the meal, lay on your left side for 10 minutes, helping the stomach to digest the food and empty into the small intestines. After that get up and move around, go for a walk, get the body moving.
7) Before you go to bed have  a cup of warm fennel or ginger tea.
8) Upon waking the following morning, drink a cup of hot water with 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon juice.
9) Reflect on your thanksgiving day and bring to mind 3 things that you were thankful for experiencing!
10) Breakfast should be very light, i.e. juice, broth or a small bowl of fruit.

You should feel fresh, joyful and energized. Most importantly, enjoy those around you and be thankful. Open your heart to the friendships that are around you and take the time to EXPERIENCE the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

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