Recovery on the Rebound

29 Dec 2011

Posted by karen
karen's picture

We're in that window between holiday weekends.

Digesting a huge meal can be taxing on your body. Consuming back-to-back a few of these indulgent meals (that often include food choices and combinations that you don't usually eat), can make you feel right out of balance - bloated, craving certain foods, a sense of being "fuzzy" and out of control, short on energy.
Crammed social calendars and the excitement - and exhaustion - of hosting guests can add to a feeling of overwhelmed.
If this is you.... 

Here are a few tips - nutrition-wise and otherwise - to help you on the rebound.

Get out in the sunshine - let some of that glow shine on your face and in your eyes.
Give your body a chance to recuperate by fasting for a day.
If you can, squeeze in a day of consuming only juices or blended smoothies to help your body recover and get back on track.
Give yourself a day of just fresh fruits and vegetables
Exercise - just 20 minutes a day is better than nothing. Even better, no matter what the weather, get outside to play and exercise.
Read a good book, light a candle, soak in a hot bath, brew a cup of tea, play a board game or enjoy conversation with a friend: go off-line, turn off the television.  
Make a comforting curry dish. The healing, warming spices - ginger, cinnamon, cloves, chilies, cayenne and turmeric - are a yummy alternative to other feast flavours.
Get good quality sleep, give yourself permission to take a nap during the day.
Drink plenty of water - flush out the excesses and rehydrate after eating food saltier than normal. 
If your hospitality door is still revolving, your guests are probably as ready as you for more simple fare.
Serve the following nut roast with a large leafy salad, and a curry lentil soup. Everybody wins.

"Crank's" Nut Roast

1 medium sized onion
1 oz butter
8 oz. mixed nuts: peanuts, walnuts, cashews, etc.
4 oz. whole wheat bread (gluten-free bread can be substituted)
2 c. veg stock
2 tsp. yeast extract (Marmite)
1 tsp. mixed herbs
Chop onions and saute in butter until transparent. Grind nuts and bread together in a food processor or coffee grinder (bread crumbs stop the nuts from getting gummed together in a ball), until quite fine. Heat the stock and Marmite to boiling point, then combine all the ingredients together and mix well - the mixture should be fairly slack. Turn into a greased shallow baking dish, level the surface, sprinkle w/few breadcrumbs, and bake in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes or until golden.
(This makes quite a small loaf - amounts can be easily increased. Thanks to my good Scottish neighbour, Fiona, for sharing this old recipe from the UK.) 
Talk to you soon - Happy New Year! 


Beth Wagenius's picture

excellent advice! Must try at least most of the above! :)

karen's picture

All the best to you in your good health resolutions! Thanks for your visit.

Renee's picture

Where are you with that blue water streaming by in the wintertime? Just beautiful!

karen's picture

We were hiking close to Cascapedia-St. Jules, Quebec. It was a wonderful trek, first time out on snowshoes.

Summer's picture

Thank you for reminding me about these simple acts that are so rejuvenating.  It's easy to overlook them in the rush of the holidays.  I'm certainly going to focus on reinstating some of these practices right now!

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