After being at a Christmas party this weekend, it reminded me of how rich the foods tend to be.  It’s that time of year when all of us tend to indulge.  This will give you some strategies for the holiday season when we all tend to eat mixtures of foods, rich combinations and sometimes just darn too much!!!

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• Let’s start with the most important first!  Talk to people WITHOUT food in your mouth!  This not only slows down how much you are consuming, but, creates a positive   interaction, which improves digestion!!!!

• Drink in between eating for the same reason.  Washing down food with liquid minimizes the digestion of the food and maximizes bloating and fullness!

• Social occasions typically involve alcohol.  People tend to feel uncomfortable if you don’t have a drink, so, if you want to minimize the alcohol (it really doesn’t   mix well with menopause), bring your favourite fruit juice and tonic or soda and mix them in a fancy glass.  Everyone assumes you are drinking too!

• Try to choose small amounts of rich foods, so that you can enjoy the tastes of the season and not put too much load on the digestive system all at one time.

• Choose a mix of fresh veggies along with the other dishes so there is a better balance of foods.  This makes it easier for the body to break down the richer foods   and minimize that stuffed feeling.

• Choose mostly foods that are on their own, such as turkey, chicken, roasted/salted nuts, raw or grilled veggies or fruit.  Sushi is a nice choice of a fresh   veggie/fish combination

• Choose small amounts of those rich combinations of food such as individual quiches, crackers and cheeses, cheese stuffed veggies, chicken wings, stuffed   mushrooms—-all those foods that when you pick them up they leave an oil residue on your fingers

• For desserts, choose mostly fresh or baked fruits
• Choose small amounts of squares, cookies and other rich desserts
• For those that want to be really saavy, bring the dessert, so, you have a treat that tastes fantastic, looks great and satisfies our need for an indulgence

For those that had a hard time with the above suggestions, here is some relief for abdominal upset

• Take any combination of dill, caraway, anise, fennel, peppermint or ginger and steep 15-20 min. with enough boiling water to cover by 4 inches.  Filter and take   1tsp.-1 tbsp. as needed.

• Massage abdomen and back with peppermint oil diluted in 1 tbsp. olive oil and apply a hot water bottle to abdominal area.

• Drink calming teas such as Tension Tamer, chamomile or Peppermint.

• Drink digestive teas such as ginger, licorice or any of the spicy teas, such as Indian spice, Bengal spice, Cinnamon/apple spice or Sugar plum spice tea.

• Take a digestive enzyme after eating a rich meal or take a digestive enzyme after coming home.  It will encourage the breakdown of the rich foods and minimize   bloating.

• Drink lots of herbal tea the day after the party to help the liver break down the foods.

• For Diarrhea- Use mild peppermint and raspberry leaf tea with a 1 tsp of rice vinegar and add honey if needed.

• Make a barley soup with grated carrot, parsley, cabbage and leeks.

• Mix apple sauce and carob powder and use as needed.

• For Constipation- Take 1 tsp. Anise or fennel seeds and crush them in a coffee grinder.  Pour ½ c. boiling water or warmed apple/prune juice over the aromatic          seeds.  Let it sit for 10 minutes.  When the fluid is cool, filter the tea over 1 tbsp. of flax seeds and let it sit for 30 min.  Stir and use the liquid above         the seeds.  Take 2-4 tbsp. 2-3 times/d until the constipation is resolved.

• Add 1 tbsp chia seed to a neutral juice, such as pear, peach, mango, cherry or grape and drink as needed.

• Rub castor oil on abdomen at night after getting home from that party!

 

The “I Ate Too Much” Holiday Rescue

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