Many people spend much of the next two months navigating from dining table to dining table enjoy feast after feast with family, friends and co-workers. Turkeys, Roasts and Ham, with all the fixings, saving barely enough room for your favorite piece of pie leaves your belly and body satiated but exhausted. However maintaining ones diet and healthy eating habits doesn't have to throw your body into a nutrition roller coaster. Thanks to five simple tips and Green Power Essentials you can indulge and imbibe knowing you are still getting the daily nutrients your body requires.
5 Keys to a Healthy Holiday Season
1. Go Green! Eat lots of steamed or lightly sautéed greens such as kale, collards, spinach, chard, and dandelion leaf for their powerful cleansing & alkalizing properties. Greens powders are also an excellent idea to augment your indulgence with.
2. Hydrate Yourself! Ensure adequate hydration (daily suggested intake: half your body weight in pounds = minimum ounces of water/herbal teas to consume). Coconut water is ideal as it’s also high in electrolytes, particularly potassium which many of us are deficient in. Potassium helps the body’s cells to actually ‘pull’ more water into them, hydrating you more efficiently as you imbibe!
3. Protein: Do eat high-quality, easy-to-digest protein, when possible, during the holidays. Protein is necessary to help keep your blood sugar levels stable and to maintain lean muscle mass. Turkey is a great source of protien, so don't be shy loading your plate!
4. Fiber: To maintain regularity, add some extra fiber into your diet. You can do so in the form of freshly ground psyllium, flax, and/or chia seeds (grind just prior to eating for optimal freshness). Porridge and stewed prunes for breakfast are great fiber boosters after an night of feasting!
5. Fat: Good quality fats help your body to feel satiated, not deprived, and are necessary for many metabolic functions: Surprisingly modest amounts of turkey skin might be your "best" bet for quality fats.
Indulge. Imbibe. Enjoy!