Happy New Year Three to Five Tribe! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season celebrating with family, friends and good food, lots and lots of good food. Whether you enjoyed a few glasses of wine, traditional Christmas dinner dishes or decadent desserts (or let’s be real, all of the above),I hope you fully enjoyed every sweet and savory bite of holiday food. (I know I did!) If you are anything like me, you probably have no regrets, but now that the holidays have come and gone, it’s time to reset your system and get back to your usual health and wellness routines. (Finally!) Here are some of my favorite foods that help me reset my gut and my body after an indulgent holiday season.
17 Foods to Eat After an Indulgent Holiday Season
- Acorn Squash. Acorn Squash is high in fiber, which helps get your digestive system moving along if you know what I mean. (Hello healthy BMS). A word of warning though, consuming Acorn Squash typically makes me feel a little bloated, so if you are looking to banish holiday bloat entirely, this may not be a good choice for you, but if you don’t mind an extra day or two of bloat due to fiber consumption, this is a great option to get your digestive system moving.
- Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV increases stomach acid and bile production, which can help with digestion. ACV also eliminates gas, bloating and constipation. Amen to that!
- Asparagus. Asparagus helps reduce water tension and contains prebiotic fiber, which feed the probiotics in your gut. Remember, your gut bugs need good food in order to keep your digestive system running smoothly.
- Avocado. Avocados are full of potassium, which can help reduce bloat.
- Bone Broth. Bone broth is incredibly healing to your gut. Packed with collagen, bone broth can help heal the cells of your stomach lining. Plus, collagen is great for hair, skin and nails.
- Chia Seeds. Just like Acorn Squash, Chia Seeds are packed full of fiber and can help get your digestive system moving along quite nicely, but Chia Seeds can make you feel slightly bloated, so consume with caution.
- Cinnamon. A natural anti-inflammatory, cinnamon can help reduce inflammation in your system caused by alcohol, dairy, grains and processed sugar.
- Cocoa Nibbs. Cocoa nibbs contain magnesium, which not only ease inflammation, but can also help you relax. Just don’t consume too many before bed as they still contain caffeine!
- Collagen. (I recommend Vital Proteins). Refer to bone broth explanation above!
- Farmhouse Culture Gut Shots.Farmhouse Culture Gut Shots are packed with probiotics, which can help your gut microbiome stay balanced and healthy. I usually take 3-5 shots per day as recommended.
- Fermented Foods. If you aren’t a fan of gut shots, get the same benefits by eating a spoonful or two of your favorite fermented foods. My fermented food of choice is Kimchi.
- Lemon. Lemon soothes your digestive system and can help eliminate any toxins. Looking for the ultimate detox? Try combining water with lemon wedges, cucumber slices and fresh mint leaves.
- Roasted Dandelion Root Tea. Dandelion root is incredibly detoxifying, especially for the liver. Dandelion root tea is good on its on, but I prefer the taste of roasted dandelion root as it gives the tea a silky, smoothy and savory taste and reminds me of coffee.
- Spinach. Low in calories and loaded with fiber, spinach can help ease water retention.
- Water. Lots and lots of water. When you overeat carbohydrates, like many of us do during the holidays, your body also tends to retain water. (Duh). When you eat carbohydrates, your body stores it as glycogen. Each gram of glycogen will bind itself to two-four grams of water, so if you’ve ever wondered why you are so thirsty after a carb heavy Christmas meal? That’s why! However, water flushes your system and gets everything moving, so drink up buttercup!
- Wild Caught Salmon. Wild caught salmon contains Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are naturally anti-inflammatory, which can help ease any inflammation in your system.
- Yogi Tea’s Stomach Ease Tea or any tea with ginger because let’s be real, after all of that celebratory food and drink, your stomach needs some lovin’.
If you still are experiencing a sweet tooth from all of those Christmas cookies, try eating sweet vegetables like carrots, onions and sweet potatoes.
A word of caution: Although I love roasted vegetables like Brussel sprouts and broccoli, these cruciferous veggies definitely cause bloating as they are broken down in your digestive tract, so although you may be craving green veggies after a carb heavy Christmas, opt for non cruciferous greens like spinach.
*Reminder: These foods are what work for me and my body, but like I always say, everybody and every body is different, so what works for me, may not work for you. Try and think of your body like a science experiment.
These foods have all helped me reset my gut and body after the holiday season and I hope they do the same for you! Remember to also get outside for some fresh air and a light, slow paced walk. No need to hit the gym hard with an intense sweat sesh (unless you really want to). Beating your body up after an indulgent holiday season will only make you feel worse, so remember to go easy on yourself and be gentle. The holidays only come around once a year after all, so be glad you enjoyed them to their fullest!
Feeling like myself again three to five foods at a time,