Food

Post holidays detox

Clean up your meals and stabilise your mood

First it was December with Christmas and New Year, then January with Orthodox Christmas and New Year, as well as Chinese Year of the Rooster celebrations. So Feb- ruary is an excellent month to get read of all that extra food you had and start eating more healthy.

No more rich meals and sweet desserts. But only thing to have in mind is that new research shows that a sudden transition away from fatty and sugary foods can cause symptoms similar to those seen during a drug withdrawal. So take it easy, step by step. Here are some post-holiday tips to clean up your meals, while stabilizing your mood: Start each morning with a big glass of water. Also try a daily probiotic or a green juice.

# Take magnesium supplements before bed. And opt for magnesium-rich foods like pumpkin seeds or almonds because they will help your body cope with the stress overload from the holiday season.

# Upgrade the quality of your meals. Eat a balanced meal that contains carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fat every three hours. That should keep your energy up and pre- vent the drops in blood sugar that can lead to cravings.

# Add mushrooms to your meals. Go for shiitake, maitake, and oyster mushrooms this week because they are potent immunity enhancers.

# Go alkaline. Eat more alkaline-forming foods, such as parsley, kale, pears, and lemons, which balance the body’s pH levels, reduce inflammation, and keep blood sugar levels under control.■

Bali Pocket Magazine