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5 Ways to Survive Easter Feasting

Ellyl-Faith Llavore

It’s that time of year again - where family and friends gather for a special occasion and bond over the one thing we can’t get enough of: FOOD! No matter how amazing your mother’s apple pie or your dad’s signature BBQ steaks are, feasting this weekend can use a little bit of moderation for the sake of your health. Here at Organika, we know the feeling, that is why we decided to come up with this list of 5 Ways to Survive Easter Feasting!

1. Drink more water!

Aside from increasing your metabolism, improving your circulation and supporting overall energy levels, water by itself is already a miracle worker when incorporated into your diet!

But why not make it interesting? Adding lemons to your water acts as a great source of vitamin C and helps balance the digestive system, not to mention that it tastes great.

Coconut water is a sweet tasting source of electrolytes and minerals that support metabolism and overall health, and keep you quite hydrated as opposed to sparkling drinks and sugary juices!

Other options include water with berries, oranges, cucumbers and many more!

  Drink More Water
2. Get active!
No, walking from the dinner table to the couch doesn’t count. However, there are a number of things that can be done to stay active! For example:
  • Walking
  • Running or Jogging
  • Dancing or any cardio activity for approx. ½ hour min.
  • Resistance and strength training – callisthenics, powerlifting, etc.
In terms of cardio, simple things like walking for a half hour per day can significantly reduce cholesterol levels, plaque buildup in arteries and support overall energy levels. For something a little more challenging, try hot yoga or CrossFit!  
3. Full Spectrum Plant Enzymes (FSPE)
Which are an absolute life-saver and only need x1 a meal! Containing the enzymes amylase, protease and lipase, FSPE is beneficial towards the digestion of carbs, proteins and fats that are in abundance after a big feast! Better digestion results in less bloated or uncomfortable feelings after heavy meals. FSPE also contains a number of other enzymes such as lactose for digestion of milk-containing products, and cellulase to digest fibres/starches!  
4. Fruits and vegetables
As tempting as the frosted cake pops, brownies and stuffed turkey might be – fruits and vegetables are a must. Many fruits such as mangoes and apples act as great fibre sources to help digestion and balance blood sugar levels, while many berries can provide a range of antioxidants for immune support. In addition, fruits and vegetables are sources of trace minerals such as iron, copper and chromium that support overall metabolism in the body.    
5. Healthy Alternatives
While you are getting creative with your holiday recipes, think about substituting butter, oils and toppings for healthier alternatives! Here are a few ideas:
  • Instead of rice, try subbing in quinoa as a carbohydrate source. Full of protein, iron, folate and minerals, quinoa makes a great rice substitute!
  • Try incorporating coconut palm sugar into recipes as opposed to table sugar; coconut palm sugar has a sweet taste and does not have the same effect on spiking blood sugar levels!
  • Coconut oil makes a great alternative to other hydrogenated oils that have high saturated fats.
Try incorporating these small changes into your lifestyle; stay healthy, and stay happy!