5 tips to help survive Turkey Day | TheUnion.com

5 tips to help survive Turkey Day

While some of us cannot wait for the impending holidays, others of us feel a bit bloated by the thought of extra peanut buttery peanut butter cups and boats full of gravy.

If you find yourself in the latter, more bloated category, I offer these five tips to help you (and those around you) enjoy the holiday feasting and revelry. If you have the proverbial stomach made of steel, please, read on!

You can’t beat these suggestions for staying healthy during the flu-iest season of them all.

1. Use butter, organic if you can get it. There are so many wonderful reasons to use butter in your holiday cooking as opposed to margarine or vegetable shortening. Butter is the best fat for weight loss. Butter’s short chain fatty acids are used for quick energy, not stored like other fats like the much acclaimed olive oil. It is an excellent source of anti-oxidants, minerals, and great for the guts. And it tastes good. Truly, butter does a body better.

2. Choose sourdough bread for dinner. Again, organic if you can get it. All grains should ideally be soaked or fermented, such as the grain in sourdough bread, before they are eaten. This process helps release and break down components found in all grains such as phytic acid, tannins and even the now famous gluten! These anti-nutrients block mineral absorption and can create long-term health issues. Our local bakery has great sourdough options, as well as many grocery stores.

3. Chew your food! Chew it really, really well! This is such a basic concept that most people miss. Chewing your food ensures that your stomach and guts are not overly burdened with too large pieces of delicious turkey. And, it ensures that you won’t be that relative at the table zealously retelling old family stories while chunks of food fly everywhere…you know who you are.

4. Skip the canned cranberry sauce. If possible, make your own cranberry salad for Thanksgiving dinner. Fresh cranberries can be lightly blended with fresh orange juice, honey, walnuts, pinch of sea salt, nutmeg and cinnamon to make a really delish dish. Top with whole cream and you have an alternative to the high fructose corn syrup or white sugar sweetened canned stuff.

5. Wait to eat dessert. Thanksgiving dinner is usually a cornucopia of delicious foods that are rich and tasty … and we mix them all together creating a burden on our guts, and ultimately a burden on our families (again, you know who you are). Instead of immediately eating dessert and placing further stress on your stomach, wait until after the football game to eat that piece of pecan or pumpkin pie. It will give your body a chance to digest the great meal you’ve just eaten and give you something to look forward to after the turkey induced nap.

Victoria LaFont, NTP, CGP, is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and certified GAPS Practitioner in Nevada City. Contact her at info@victorialafont.com or victorialafont.com.

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