… Or How to Prepare your Body for the Holiday Meals.
End-of-year meals are synonymous with stress (preparations, last-minute purchases, organization of meals, etc.), great emotions (family reunions and reunions), fatigue, exhaustion, indigestion, and even decline immunity in the following days and weeks. It is sometimes difficult to remain reasonable in the face of all the delicious dishes, chocolates and other treats offered. The body is so stressed that it can suffer. Should we restrict ourselves during this time and not have fun? No, you can take advantage of it! However, it is important to remain reasonable and prepare your body well to face meals as gargantuan as delicious. How can you please yourself without suffering bad consequences? In parallel, how to boost your immunity to stay in shape after the holidays? Here are some tips before the festive period.
What to Do Before Hand
- Include more vegetables, including at least one raw before each meal. They will make up half of your plate.
- Avoid bad food combinations which make digestion difficult (meat and rice, meat and cream, coffee with milk, etc.).
- Opt for vegetarian meals in the evening (legumes and cereals / seeds / nuts), an animal protein (meat or fish) with vegetables for lunch.
- Eat seasonal fruits preferably, rich in nutrients and antioxidants, outside meals and rather in the afternoon for better digestion. Citrus fruits boost your vitamin C levels while supporting the immune system. Take a small lemon juice in the morning when rising with lukewarm water, 30 minutes before breakfast, the previous three days (or even a week before) to help the liver.
- Steam your food, then add spices, herbs and herbs and a spoonful of olive, camelina or avocado oil to each meal. Frying in the pan or in the oven above 230F / 110C develops a lot of toxins and end-of-year meals often contain too much.
- Go to bed early before the holidays and between festive days. Good sleep guarantees better vitality. Take a little nap if necessary.
- Practice a sporting activity, climb the stairs, walk, park further… go outside, enjoy the outdoors to get fresh air.
If your immune system is a bit weak, a short 7-day course of echinacea in the form of mother tincture is interesting. It prevents respiratory diseases, colds and flu (always ask your health practitioner or naturopath to guide you in the use of phytotherapy, because there are contraindications: pathologies, allergies, pregnancy, etc.)
Have a wise end of the year and in good health!
Katia Batut Lucas
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