Eating a nutritious holiday meal doesn’t mean you have to feast on only spinach and lettuce. There are so many of little tricks you can employ to boost the nutritional value of your holiday meals without compromising on your favorite taste. Here are some of my favorite ways to load up on nutrition this holiday season in creative ways.
Start your day with warm water to cleanse your digestive track
Even if you are on holidays start your each day with a warm water and lemon(if needed) to help cleanse the system and begin your day having nurtured your health in small way. As per Ayurveda, your Agni(digestive fire) should be normal for betterment of your overall health.
Avoid Alcohol as much you can
The liver’s job is to break down harmful substances, including alcohol. Excessive drinking can cause alcoholic hepatitis which can lead to the development of jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). Chronic liver inflammation can lead to severe scarring known as cirrhosis. Ayurveda also says that wrong use of alcohol will create anger, grief, disease and death.
Above all things, your sobriety and health should be your primary focus this holiday season—even if it means avoiding some events or people.
Do at least 15 to 20 sun salutations
Each asana in Surya Namaskara is matched with a deep breath, inhaling when the chest is opened and exhaling when it is not. Matching each movement with each breath provides an opportunity to enter a meditative state. The regulating breathing offered through the series combined with the focus on the posture series clears and refreshes the mind, improving memory and bringing calmness to the rest of the body. What else you want in holidays:)
Add ginger and turmeric to your holiday dishes
Turmeric is rich in antioxidants, helps to protect the liver, has antimicrobial properties, and helps boost brain power. When the holidays roll around, you need all of the liver-protective, antioxidant-rich, and immune-boosting foods you can get!
Of the 115 different chemical components found in ginger root, the therapeutic benefits come from gingerols, the oily resin from the root that acts as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. These bioactive ingredients, especially -gingerol, have been thoroughly evaluated clinically, and the research backs up why you should use ginger on a regular basis.
Have a natural probiotic everyday
Possibly the most popular probiotic food is live cultured yogurt or greek yogurt made from the milk of cows, goats, or sheep. Yogurt in most cases can rank at the top of probiotic foods if it comes from raw grass-fed animals. It is recommend when buying yogurt to look for 3 things. First, that it comes from cow’s milk, second, that it is grass-fed, and third, that it is organic.
These tips are very easy to implement in this holiday season. Wishing you and your loved ones very happy holidays!