I’m going to be honest and call a spade a spade: November and December are eating months. Who hasn’t already had more sweets and treats than usual? As soon as we pass Halloween and the turkey’s start rolling in to the market, you know you’ll be presented with all sorts of special casseroles and drink concoctions in the coming weeks.
Digestion is challenged this time of year. We tend to be more bloated and gain a few pounds. I personally try to add an extra workout day in the week to account for the extra eating that I know I’ll be doing. However, this doesn’t give me all the support I need to feel my best.
According to Dictionary.com, digestion is defined as “a person's capacity to break down food into substances that can be used by the body.”
That’s right, food is not just for pleasure but we actually do need food as fuel ;)
The digestion process can be thrown off by stress, foods that are hard to digest, illness and altered metabolism to name a few.
There are a few must have’s that I make sure are in play during the “eating months” to minimize bloating, weight gain and an upset tummy.
Here are my must have’s for digestion with ease:
A good digestive enzyme that helps to actually break down the food that enters the stomach
Avoidance of drinking water or any beverages with eating as this dilutes the digestive juices
No eating dessert close to meal (I try to wait an hour or two)
Include high fiber foods to ensure smooth and complete bowel movements
A probiotic and/or fermented vegetables to keep the beneficial flora in the gut abundant and happy
Upper digestion takes place in the solar plexus power center.
This is where the bulk of digestion happens. The solar plexus energy center relates to personal power, self assuredness and will. During the holidays we are often around larger groups of people and family that may trigger our confidence. Food can be a huge source of comfort when feeling unsettled. Be careful not to over indulge for emotional reasons but to find peace of mind in other ways.
I hope this has been helpful for you!