The holiday season is a special time when family and friends come together to enjoy each other’s company, good food, and maybe even a few drinks! However, for those of us who suffer from health problems such as fibromyalgia, arthritis
and irritable bowel syndrome, eating haphazardly can turn the holiday experience into a painful one. People who suffer from these kinds of conditions may experience more painful symptoms and flare-ups if they drink too much alcohol or indulge in too many oily and heavy foods such as roasts, stews and cakes.
The best solution would be to not eat any foods that are unhealthy and to completely abstain from any alcohol consumption. However, the reality is that during the holiday season, it’s almost impossible to do that when everyone around you is happily indulging their appetites. But don’t let that stop you from trying to stay healthy during the holiday season! If you can’t completely cut out alcohol or rich and oily foods, then just restrict your consumption. It’s all about moderation. Watch your portions, and ask yourself if you really need that second drink. Also try to restrict your consumption of heavier foods to the daytime rather than late into the night.
The frequent get-togethers during the holiday season coupled with the cold weather can also make you more susceptible to catching the cold or flu. One easy tip to help prevent sickness is by simply opening up the windows in your home!
Because it’s so cold we are prone to never opening up the windows for most of the winter season; however, ventilating your home by allowing fresh air to come in is a good way to flush away the bacteria and viruses circulating inside. The body is also recharged when there is new oxygen available!
You can also fortify your immune system by drinking a cup of water (room temperature is best) mixed with a tablespoon of unpasteurized honey and some lemon every morning before you eat. Lemon is rich in vitamin C and also acts as a natural digestive cleanser. Honey also acts as a cleanser, but it also has natural antibiotic properties that can help fight off many bacteria and viruses. Honey is also great for preventing unwanted stomach problems like food poisoning, which is great if you plan on eating lots of different types of foods during the holidays!
All in all, enjoy the holidays, but don’t let it turn into a nightmare for your body. Take care to watch what you eat. Food and drink can make you sick, but it can also make you healthy! Happy holidays!
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