Updated: Nov 23
Thanksgiving is close, and often this is the gateway to a season of overindulgences. These holiday foods are all so yummy, and there’s usually so much of it.
The best way to manage your digestion during holiday meals is to eat light that day to save some room for the main meal, then when the time comes for it, eat slowly and savor every bite. When you’ve naturally produced a burp, stop eating. That’s your body's way of telling you it’s had enough. If you listen to this signal and put down your fork, it can keep away that heavy, sluggish feeling of indigestion.
Our digestive fire is most efficient when the Sun is high in the sky, so if possible, eat your Thanksgiving meal before the late afternoon, and then dinner would be something very light ~ that is if you’re even hungry. A clear broth soup made with warming spices and fresh herbs, or an herbal digestive tea are great options. Going for a walk after a big meal is also very helpful.
These guidelines will be most conducive to digestive health, but I know this might not always happen when feasting is the tradition, so below is a very effective remedy that can be sipped on throughout the day between meals to help support digestion.
This tea is highly medicinal and supportive of digestive health in so many ways. Each spice is a superstar. Together, they are alchemical magic!
Here are some of Digestive Tea's benefits:
helps stimulate digestive fire
improves absorption of nutrients
relieves gas, bloating & indigestion
soothes mucus membranes
calms muscle spasms & reduces pain
increases fat burning
helps flush the body of toxins
Keep this close to you all day in a thermos. Most beneficial when you drink it warm-hot.
Please note: If you naturally run hot (Pitta constitution) and have any recurring acid stomach or heartburn, omit or lessen the amount of Ginger. These are signs of excess heat in the body and digestive system, and Ginger could be too heating for you.
1/2 tsp Coriander Seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
1" piece of Ginger Root, peeled
1" piece fresh Turmeric Root, peeled
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
Add seeds, Ginger & Turmeric.
Reduce heat to low, simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain & add Honey.
(Optional) - add a fresh squeeze of Lemon
When we take care of our digestion, we feel better and we'll naturally have a happier disposition and be able to enjoy all the pleasures and festivities that the holidays bring. So cheers to eating smart and being well!