You’ve got Thanksgiving mastered. You know how to eat right: one plate, mostly plants. You know how to avoid Aunt Ruth’s inquisitive, but unanswerable, questions: with a glass of wine or two. You know how to avoid uncle Frank’s cheesy spinach and artichoke dip – by reading the China Study pre-dinner.
Suffice to say, you’re prepared for battle.
But as you emerge from your Friday morning slumber, the resistance you employed on Thursday seems to have imploded. You have willpower fatigue. You open the fridge, and the food bombs start ticking away. They know it’s only a matter of time before your resolve weakens…
But before you delve into a cheesy carb fest and spend the rest of the weekend lamenting about your food blues, take these five easy steps on Friday:
1. Get your probiotics.
Upon waking, take one capsule of a 25 billion 12-strain probiotic such as Klaire Labs Ther Biotic. This will help restore gut flora, reduce inflammation, boost energy levels and reduce cravings for sugar.
2. Make the entire family a green juice.
Use organic cucumbers, fennel, cilantro, mint, apple and lime. The cucumbers and fennel are rich in potassium which helps reduce bloating from heavy carbohydrate indulgence. The mint and cilantro add vibrancy and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients to the juice, while the apple and lime give it a sweet kick. If you’re at your parents’ place, they probably own a juicer
, an unused wedding gift. Pull it out for them.
3. Practice gratitude.
Write a list of five things you are grateful for and five you are excited about. This will help keep you grounded and centered when everything else seems a little chaotic. If you’re grateful for certain people in your life, tell them. We all love to be appreciated
4. Take a yoga class.
Be adventurous and try a different yoga studio or use Yogaglo
and take the practice at home. Encourage your 10 year-old niece to join you, particularly if she likes to copy everything you do.
Clear out the fridge for your parents. Toss left-overs that no-one should be eating, other expired foods and leave a note promising to fill the fridge with vibrant colored vegetables when you go to the Farmer’s market tomorrow. Warning: do leave some food in the fridge or be prepared to endure long conversations about the wastefulness of today’s youth (even if youth and you don’t really correlate).
Then relax, and enjoy time with your family. They really are wonderful people.
Published November 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM
About Dana James
Dana James, MS, CNS, CDN, is a triple board certified nutritionist and founder of Food Coach NYC, a nutritional therapy practice, based in Manhattan. Dana is trained in nutrition biochemistry, functional medicine and cognitive behavioral therapy. It is through this combination of nutrition medicine and counseling that Dana can bring about a transformational shift in her clients’ health and emotional wellbeing.
Dana graduated summa cum laude from Europe’s most prestigious nutrition institute, the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, United Kingdom. Her initial nutrition training was at the Bio Brain Clinic, in London, an outpatient facility specializing in depression and addiction. It was there that she witnessed how powerful food and nutrients can be in moderating brain chemistry, mood and behavior. She incorporates these learnings into her current practice today.
Dana’s mission is to bring authenticity back to nutrition; to bring gracefulness and pleasure back to food; and to liberate people’s minds of food obsessions so they can create space for something more creative and rewarding. Follow Dana on Twitter and Facebook.