The holidays are a time for celebration and parties galore! And that means that you may be indulging in some foods that you don’t ordinarily have…and although they probably taste amazingly good, they’re not so great for your body (or your waistline!).
While there’s nothing wrong with celebrating, unfortunately, many times our health pays the price.
But never fear!
Because I am here to guide you in supporting your body’s recovery efforts and getting you back on the road to feeling good and reaching your health goals.
Here are two very important things you can do to help your body recover from “holiday indulgences”:
There is nothing like a delicious bowl of hot soup to soothe you and make you feel good from head to toe.
Here is the recipe for my Recovery Soup.” Out of all of the dishes, I have ever created, this one is far and away the most requested.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil (preferably extra virgin)
- 1 large white onion, diced
- 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
- 3 stalks celery, sliced
- 2 large russet potatoes, scrubbed and diced
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 2 cups diced zucchini or yellow squash (or a mix of both)
- 2 large tomatoes, diced (or 1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes)
- 1-14 oz. can Great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed
- 3/4 cup fresh or frozen peas
- 8 cups broth of your choice
- 3 tablespoons basil pesto (If you own Great Taste No Pain there’s a great recipe for basil pesto in the recipe section)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Granted Romano cheese and/or chopped fresh parsley, optional (for garnish)
- Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté 5 minutes.
- Add carrots and celery; sauté 2-3 minutes. Stir in potatoes and continue cooking for another 3 minutes. (Be sure to stir frequently so the potatoes don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.)
- Add broth, tomatoes, and fresh peas (if using), bring to a boil and simmer covered for 15 minutes.
- Stir in broccoli, squash, frozen peas (if using) and beans; simmer for another 8-10 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.
- Remove from heat. Stir in pesto; taste and add salt and pepper if needed (or more pesto if you’d like).
- Ladle into bowls and garnish with Romano cheese and/or fresh parsley if desired. Serve with whole grain bread and a tossed salad.
All of the cookies, eggnog, soda and alcohol that you might have splurged on over these last few days are unfortunately more harmful than you think.
Because in addition to creating more of you to love, they also are nourishment for harmful bacteria and yeasts in your gut!
And having an over-populous supply of these dangerous microorganisms can lead to a variety of problems including skin breakouts, brain fog, anxiety, depression, weight gain and weakened immune functioning (making you susceptible to every bug and virus around!).
So it’s especially important during the holidays to make sure your friendly gut bacteria are healthy and strong so they can take care of you!