The holiday season is upon us and soon we will be celebrating with family and friends, indulging in traditional rich, sweet and oily dishes. If eaten in excess, these foods will not provide adequate antioxidant protections. Combined with stress, and or alcohol, this may lead to free radicals in the body, leaving the body vulnerable.
The rich and vibrant colorful foods when consumed can supply enough antioxidant protection. Combined with regular exercise and adequate sleep, this may neutralize free radicals in our system, and promote good health and a sense of well being.A diet rich in arachidonic acid, such as eggs, organ meats, beef and dairy products will not protect the body tissues from free radicals. Excess sugar, alcohol, refined grains, artificial food additives, trans fat and overcooked food or foods cooked at high temperatures – high-heat frying or deep-fried foods- can cause damage to our body cells.
How to Stay Healthy and Stress Free over the Holidays
Favor bright colored fruits and green leafy vegetables, raw or lightly
cooked. They raise the level of alkalinity in the body.
Include foods rich in omega 3-s such as: walnuts, flax and chia seeds,
avocados, salmon, sardines, anchovy, omega-3 enriched eggs and extra
virgin olive oil.
Favor whole grains, they digest slowly, reducing frequency of spikes in
Limit your intake of sugar; opt for dark chocolate rich in antioxidants.
If you choose to drink alcohol with your meal, red wine provide plenty of
Exercise daily; it will help you to stay fit. Exercises also increase feelings of contentment and happiness.
Get plenty of sleep. If you are struggling to get quality sleep, a 30 minutes “power nap” in the afternoon may help you during hectic time