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If you want to enjoy the holidays, but hate that feeling the day after, then keep reading, because I have some proven strategies that help me avoid the dreaded food hangover while still enjoying the holidays and the delicious food that is served.
It’s the MOST, WONDERFUL TIIIIIMMEE of the year… I love this time of year! The beautiful lights glowing in the night sky. The uplifting and cheerful music seems to lift my spirit no matter what’s gone wrong. The smells of pine, apple cinnamon, and orange clove permeate the air. Everyone seems to be in a better mood. It’s a reminder that there is hope for mankind after all.
But, it can also be a time of stress and anxiety which can lead to overindulgence in all of the treats and goodies that are so easily available this time of year. We give ourselves permission, because it only happens one time a year.
The only problem is that if we’ve been on a very strict healing plan, especially if it included avoiding reactive foods, then we can set ourselves back weeks or even months by indulging. Not to mention, the horrible feeling you get after eating something that sets off the fire alarm inside your body… the dreaded food hangover!
Here Are Some Proven Strategies That Will Help You Enjoy The Holidays Without The Dreaded Food Hangover
Make A Plan And Stick To It
We can’t just make last-minute decisions on the fly and expect to be successful with our indulgences over the holidays. The peer pressure is just too great! We have to know which foods trigger reactions, what types of reactions, and how much of that food we can handle, if any at all.
For example, if we can handle a little bit of dairy, but too much will trigger a horrible reaction, then we might decide to only eat a couple of bites of the cheesecake instead of a whole piece. Or, we can’t handle any dairy, then we may skip the cheesecake and go for the apple crumble instead.
It would be great if you could ask the host what will be served ahead of time, so that you can make your battle plan and be prepared.
Do A Risk/Reward Analysis
For this exercise, it’s helpful for you to go back and think about which foods triggered which reactions, and then think about how horrible you felt. I know. I know. We don’t like to think about that, but it’s important to remember just how much pain we were in, so that we will be motivated to stay away from those foods.
If chocolate causes a mild headache, but it fulfills a deep emotional need, then it may be worth it to eat the whole piece of chocolate cake knowing that you’re going to pay for it later. If the reward outweighs the risk, then go for it. If not, then skip it.
The best way to ensure that there is something that you can eat safely at an event is simply to make it yourself. If you want to stay away from sugar, but you know that everyone else will be making desserts with sugar, then offer to make a couple of desserts and bring them yourself.
You don’t even have to tell anyone that they are sugar free. If you do it right, they won’t even know the difference. And once everyone is raving about how delicious your dessert is, then you can let them know that it was made without sugar and maybe it will open their eyes to how delicious food can be without processed sugar.
Learn To Say “No” Politely
When Aunt Martha offers you a piece of her pineapple upside down cake made with Duncan Hines boxed cake mix that she is so proud of, what are you going to do?
I’ve learned that the best thing to do is just to simply say, “No Thank You “ or “Not Right Now “. You could even add, “But it looks beautiful”. This is not the time to go into a lecture about the evils of sugar and how it is killing America. This only makes Aunt Martha feel bad and makes you look like a freak. Instead, short and sweet wins in the end.
Here’s a little bonus biohack that I have discovered when you want to enjoy the holidays without the food hangover. Take a couple of capsules of activated charcoal 20 minutes before the meal. That way, if something accidentally slips through or if you deviate from the plan, the activated charcoal will bind to the toxins in the food and mitigate some of the damage that they would have done.
I love red wine, but I know that if I indulge then it may trigger a migraine headache. But, I would really love to have a glass of red wine with my holiday meal, so I plan to take a couple of activated charcoal capsules, because I know that it will bind to the sulfites in the wine. This doesn’t give me permission to go crazy. I will still only have one glass, but it does ensure, or at least lowers the chances, of me getting a migraine headache.
Extra Bonus BioHack!!
Another little bonus biohack that helps mitigate sugar is to eat about 2 tablespoons of probiotic-rich, cultured vegetables with your meal. The live cultures will help eat the sugar that you may have eaten knowingly or unknowingly and help decrease any negative effects that might have taken place. Check out how to make probiotic-rich, cultured vegetables here!
I hope these strategies are helpful as you navigate this wonderful time of year! If you make a plan ahead of time, do a risk/reward analysis, make your own dishes, and learn to say “No” politely, then you should be able to enjoy the holidays without the dreaded food hangover and without making anyone feel bad for serving food that is less than healthy.
What are some ways that you enjoy the holidays without having a food hangover? I’d love to know! Drop a comment below!
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Wishing you joy and peace this holiday season!