It's no secret that comfort foods, sweets and over indulging often go hand in hand with the holidays. While it may feel great while doing, days later you are left feeling bloated, heavier, sluggish and not very energized. Most of this comes from an over worked and over burdened digestion. Digestion utilizes more then 80% of our energy. It has a healthy daily cycle and when it is functioning optimally it was what energizes us and keeps us feeling our best. When we over eat, eat at strange times or eat constantly our digestion gets all out of whack and the first and most pronounced areas to suffer is our energy levels. When digestion is not functionally optimally we also do not process the food we eat well which leaves food to stagnate and be stored, leaving us feeling and looking bloated and sluggish.
- Eat a normal breakfast and lunch
- Breakfast should be eaten 1-2 hours after rising
- Lunch should be your biggest meal of the day
- Do not have an afternoon snack or any alcohol after noon
- Eat a light nourishing dinner, satisfying but not heavy, at least 2 hours before you go to bed
- Follow dinner with two glasses of tepid water
- Take a short walk in the morning or afternoon
- Juice in the morning, afternoon and evening
- 3-4 more glasses can be drank throughout the day between meals, as you feel hungry or as desired
- Drink water freely, especially water with fresh lemon
- Spend the day relaxing, performing light activities and taking it easy
- Eat a light breakfast 1-2 hours after rising
- Do not eat again until midday. Midday have a good lunch, satisfying but not heavy
- Do not eat again until dinner. Eat dinner 2-3 hours before bed. Dinner should be smaller than lunch.
- A light breakfast eaten 1-2 hours after rising
- Substantial lunch, eaten at about the same time every day, midday
- A light dinner, eaten early and at the same time every day.
- Eating between meals other than light snacks
- Strong stimulants
- Skipping meals
- Eating too large of meals
- Eating right when you wake up or right before you go to bed