Health Tips: Holiday Meals

How many times have you been tired and grouchy after eating a big holiday meal? Look at what that meal consists of. Many holiday meals are mostly starches: mashed potatoes, yams, dressing, breads, and sweets, all high on the glycemic index. These foods give people a peak and then crash of energy. Taking smaller servings of starches and sweets, and eating plenty of fresh, slightly steamed or sautéed vegetables and some fresh fruit helps your digestive system. The live enzymes in the fruit and vegetables break down the more difficult to digest foods. Vegetables are low on the glycemic index and help prolong energy and stabilize blood sugar. Digestive enzymes and a splash of Braggs Apple Cider in water, when eating, also aids digestion for heavier meals. If vinegar hurts your stomach it means you need to repair your stomach lining. Eating greater amounts and variety of vegetables at holiday meals can give you the energy to enjoy the rest of your day.