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Here are a few holiday tips to help you to stick to your program while still being able to enjoy all the wonderful things the holidays have to offer.
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes it’s not so easy to eat right for your type during the holidays. Corporate parties, family gatherings, and the avalanche of holiday cookies and other goodies can make it difficult to just say no! And when you do, there’s always one friend or relative encouraging you to “just have one” or criticizing your choice to follow your blood type diet. We get it. That’s why we’ve put together a few holiday tips to help you to stick to your program while still being able to enjoy all the wonderful things the holidays have to offer. Instead of saying, “No, thanks!” when Aunt Millie offers you some of her chocolate cream pie, tell her that you enjoyed her delicious meal so much, you simply don’t have room right now. The “Maybe Later” approach let’s her know that you appreciate her efforts without hurting feelings.
Eat a small compliant meal before a party – you’ll be less apt to fill up on avoids during the cocktail hour and eat smaller portions of beneficial foods for dinner.
Speaking of cocktail hour...if you drink alcohol practice moderation. A small glass of red wine is beneficial or neutral for all blood groups.
Offer to bring a side dish or salad – and then bring a beneficial food for you. You’ll be certain to have something that you know you can eat.
Fill half your plate with salad. Begin with greens and pile them on – there will be less room for tempting avoids.
Turn in early! Studies show that those people who sleep less over time, tend to be heavier. And it doesn’t take long to throw you off your schedule; even if you miss a few hours each night over a week, your body releases hormones that prompt eating and weight gain.
For some people, the holidays are a less-than-jolly time. Supplementing with proven blues-busting omega-3’s, flax oil, and vitamin D3 may help to improve mood. Dr. D’Adamo’s stress relief formulas Cortiguard (for Types A and B) and Catechol (for Types O and AB) can help to relieve feelings of occasional stress during the holidays. [These supplements are available from Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC at his in-office dispensary. Coincidentally these same formulas are often helpul for the autoimmune patient as they help modulate the immunde system]
Find time to get some exercise. Not only will you burn off a few extra calories, exercise helps your body to get rid of all the extra holiday stress. Try some power walking with a friend or take an extra yoga class to decompress.
Finally, you can take the focus off food altogether. Volunteer with a charity organization or religious group that reaches out to help those people in need. Create homemade gifts for friends and family – knit or crochet socks or lap blankets, decorate evergreen wreaths, make birdhouses, take photos and attach them to blank cards and give a set of homemade note cards – the options are endless!
By the way, if you are hosting a gathering, check out these blood type friendly holiday recipes, I posted in a previous article. You can download them free of charge.
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All the best – Dr. Johnson – Digging Deeper To Find Solutions
Chia is an ancient superfood that is not very well known, except for the annual advertisement for Chia Pets around the Holidays.
Raw chia seeds are often called "runner's food". Chia is a nutrient-rich superfood that provides sustained energy for your body. Packed with more than 8 times the omega-3's found in salmon, this small seed as big nutritional value. With more antioxidants that blueberries and more fiber than oatmeal, the health benefits of using chia as part of a comprehensive nutritional plan for helping heal autoimmune health challenges is smart.
One key factor in helping heal the autoimmune patient is healing the digestive tract. Knowing the health of the digestive tract is important. Specific accurate testing is absolutely essential in understanding digestive system health. Fortunately Cyrex labs and Metametrix Labs provide me with excellent tests.
Some key factors in healing the digestive tract are:
- Elimination of allergic foods (based on testing)
- Elimination of immune system aggravating foods (again based on testing)
- Including immune balancing omega-3 fatty acids
- Including soluble fiber that feeds beneficial bacteria
- Reducing sugary foods - also known as high glycemic index foods
- Increasing vitamin D - known to help regulate the immune system
Chia seeds are high in soluble fiber and calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. They also produce a sugar balancing effect when eaten with foods. This is a great combination. Chia seeds can be used as substitutes for allergenic foods in recipes (for example, eggs) and can be a meal alomost all alone, as in the case of chia pudding for a breakfast cereal. I eat chia pudding at least once per week. It's YUMMY!
To further the concept of chia seeds belonging to the superfood family, consider this little seed has been purported to have:
- Two times the protein of any other seed or grain
- Five times the calcium of milk, plus boron, which is a trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones
- Two times the amount of potassium as bananas
- Three times more iron than spinach.
- All the essential amino acids that make the a complete protein in an easily digestible form
Now you know why I am a BIG fan of chia seeds. I have additional great information and recipes, so click on the big orange link below to download this multi-page document in PDF format. You will LOVE it!