There are so many goodies to indulge in this time of year, aren’t there? I have no willpower, so when I come across any delicious treats, I have to either completely avoid them or I’ll be paying for it. So obviously, this time of year tends to wreak havoc on my digestion. A holiday treat here and a glass of wine there ends up completely busting my diet a lot of the time. So this year I’m making more of an effort to stay on track with my healing, and if I stay on my strict diet then happy holiday digestion will follow.
So what are the best ways to keep your digestion on track?
Tips for Happy Holiday Digestion
- Eat vegetables with every meal – It’s inevitable that we are going to get our hands on things that aren’t on our diet during this season, but continuing to eat a serving of veggies with each meal will help keep our system on track and more prepared to digest whatever we throw at it without getting too out of whack. A little freaked out that you need to eat vegetables for breakfast? A few of my favorites are zoodles (zucchini noodles, and I use this spiralizer) with eggs, a veggie stuffed omelette (perfect use of frozen spinach), and a fruit and veggie smoothie.
- Take digestive enzymes – This one is important if you struggle with heartburn or bloating after meals. Digestive Enzymes help your stomach acid break down the food you eat more efficiently, and reduces bloating and uncomfortable side effects from food that’s hard to digest. Most of the time when you get frequent heartburn, it’s actually low stomach acid, not high stomach acid. Digestive enzymes help you to produce more stomach acid so digestion is easier.
- Drink Bone Broth – Bone broth is full of amazing, gut-healing nutrients. It helps to repair the damage that our standard American diet does to our digestive system. Sugar, gluten, and all of the chemicals are terrible for our gut, yet they’re in all of our foods. Making bone broth and drinking it daily is a great way to repair gut damage and help the digestive system stay healthy.
- Papaya – Papayas are truly some of the healthiest fruit that you can get. Not only are they delicious, they have several different nutrients to improve your skin and immune system, they help your body to achieve and maintain healthy blood pressure levels, and they also offer digestive enzymes that reduce bloating and help to break down food easier. I’m completely in awe over how delicious the papaya leaf tea is, and to make it even better, I’m in awe over the company as well. Herbal Papaya is not only a 100% women owned and operated company, but they also donate 10% of their profits to helping educate girls in Africa. I absolutely love that about this company. They also use only organic and non-GMO papayas that are sustainably grown.
As someone with an autoimmune disease, I need as much help with my digestive system as I can get. One of the biggest causes of autoimmune issues is leaky gut, and once you have leaky gut then you lose the ability to absorb all of the nutrients that you need out of your food. So in order for me to be able to benefit from the healthy foods that I’m eating, I need to make my digestive system a priority, especially this time of year when cheat foods are everywhere I look.
What do you do to keep your digestive system in good shape through the holiday season?
* Herbal Papaya compensated me to review some of their products, however I never review products that I wouldn’t use for myself. All opinions are honest and unbiased, as always.
** I am not a doctor and this information should not be considered medical advice. You should seek the advice of your own medical professional for your own situation.