Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Splurging over the holiday season

Holiday parties and temptations are everywhere you look and it’s only a matter of time before the opportunity stares you in the face. You know it’s going to happen, so the best defense is a great offense. Be prepared and take action to continue to support your body and health through the holidays.

Here a ways to help your body stay on track:

Stay hydrated. Always drink a glass of water with each glass of alcohol and limit alcohol intake. Alcohol dehydrates the body and kills liver cells. Eat healthy foods. Focus on eating lighter and healthier the day of a holiday party. Be discriminating with your splurges – lean into homemade treats to avoid preservatives, chemicals and other additives that don't offer any benefits. Yet keep in mind the amount of butter or shortening that went in to making that visually appealing dessert.

You know the splurge is coming, embrace it rather than worrying about it, just go and enjoy (within in reason of course) – ’tis the season. Remember, after your through eating your body continues to break down all that
mish-mosh of food. Your liver, gall bladder, pancreas and kidneys will be suffering for a much longer time than it took for you to eat the food!

Increasing water intake will help move the sodium out of your system. To de-toxify the body: try my personal favorite recipe: 1 cucumber, 5 celery stalks and a handful of kale, spinach, ice cubes, lemon and parsley. If you don’t have a juicer, use a blender.  This concoction will cleanse the body. It is loaded with nutrients and will help to maintain overall ph. 

After the holiday season, focus on eating lighter such as salads, veggies, soups. Dandelion and mustard greens will de-toxify the body. Lastly, get moving. Do something physical get your heart pumping and lose some of those extra fat calories your body stored.

Balance is the key to a healthy body.

Trisha M. Pacenti RN, BSN