System on overload?

Gini is stupidEven I, the energizer bunny, am feeling the pace of the holiday season. Parties, kids at home all day, shopping, kids parties, all of my favourite cakes in the store, baking galore, mulled wine, work, fighting a cold. It goes on. The one thing I always make sure that I do at this time of the year, is fuel my body with nutrient rich juices and smoothies (with my food, not instead! I don’t do juice and smoothie only diets!!!!)

Protein, fats, and carbs, while an important part of our diet, are not going to play a large part in supporting the immune system. It’s the micronutrients that are going to support the immune system!

The flu shot

You’ll need:

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 medium apple
  • 2 peeled limes
  • half a bunch of kale or callalloo
  • handful of parsley
  • handful of mint leaves
  • thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic

Run all ingredients through a juicer or blender

Hangover cureGini is stupid 2

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 lemon with the peel
  • thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 beetroot

Run all ingredients through a juicer or blender

Detoxing breakfast juice

If you have totally overindulged in food and can’t face breakfast right away in the morning, try this delicious detoxing juice. It’s pretty high in sugar so be mindful of other sugars as you go through the day. This will certainly give you a buzz though.

You’ll need:

  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Lemon

Juice and then add some grated ginger if you like.

Keeping yourself hydrated

Juice or blend a whole cantaloupe with 2 apples and the juice of half a lemon.

Drink glasses of this juice throughout the day.

De-stressing foods

  1. Rather than grabbing a cookie as you run around, pack a bag of almonds and snack on a handful of these. Nuts are full of magnesium which is meant to keep cortisol levels low.
  2. Enjoy a whole grain English muffin with jam or have some oatmeal in a smoothie with strawberries and protein powder. Complex carbohydrate-rich foods raise serotonin levels, boosting your mood and helping you relax.
  3. Enjoy some dark chocolate. Amongst other things, dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) contains anandamide, a chemical that has a similar effect on the brain as marijuana. Although you might want to eat the whole bar, limit it to a square or 2!

Switch that latte for tea

  1. A study by University College London showed that drinking black tea four times a day for six weeks lowered the stress hormone cortisol after a stressful event.
  2. Enjoy some camomile tea. Camomile tea promotes better sleep. It’s also great for soothing an upset stomach. It helps to soothe and relax the muscles and lining of the intestines, helping with poor digestion.
  3. Green tea  helps with relaxation.
  4. Have a glass of milk. Milk contains tryptophan, which as it is metabolized is converted to mood-boosting serotonin. Mix it with cocoa powder and make hot chocolate. win/win!
  5. Drink coconut water. It’s another great thirst quencher.

NUMBER 1 RULE. DO NOT GO OUT ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. RECIPE FOR DISASTER. Have that oatmeal, strawberry and protein smoothie I spoke about above.

Hopefully you’ll find something here to help you through the holidays. Remember to eat, drink and be merry. It’s once a year. Do it and get over it!


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