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Healthy eating during the holidays

Consolidating the fasting results is much more important than any excess or overindulgence.

Christmas is a true family holiday, a symbol of warmth, coziness, purity and love. It is associated with the Advent of Jesus Christ, a personal example of spirituality, renunciation and compassion. If we truly believe in Him and want to be true Christians, we must follow His personal example to create a society of honest, good and happy people. Pure food and pure thoughts can help us move in that direction.

We are now drawing close to the end of Christmas fast and everyone is longing for the holiday days. Those of you who have followed a stricter fast and have complied with Vita Rama's recommendations will come up with better results both in health and in spiritual terms. We can keep the momentum we have gained during the Christmas fast and continue to eat in a healthy and vegetarian way, thus improving our health and smiling happy. Our table can be richly packed daily with festive, delicious, vegetable and nutritious foods to fully satisfy us. When all our loved ones and friends are really healthy and happy, we can really feel the intimacy and warmth of such moments.

No need to prepare heavy, improperly combined and non-digestible foods overloading our body to accumulate various toxins and overweight, bringing about only illnesses, various depressive disorders and negative moods. However, for those of you who still would like to add various animal foods, desserts, pastries and similar heavy meals with the risk of quickly spoiling the results of the fast, Vita Rama Health Center team has prepared some tips to help us with preventing or evading certain negative consequences.

1. Let the Christmas Eve meals be various and entirely plant ones. You can prepare a lot of various dishes based on grains, legumes, a small volume of soaked raw seeds, nuts, olives or avocados. Do not add any concentrated fat. You can vary your meals with spices, salt, lemon, apple vinegar, sauerkraut, various pickles and more to make the meals more delicious and nutritious.

2. Be very very careful on Christmas.
a) For those of you who would like to consume some animal products, we recommend it being taken separately and in combination only with low carbohydrate vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, cucumber, dill, parsley, radishes, arugula and the like. Do not combine any acidic fruits and vegetables such as lemon, vinegar, tomato and others with the animal products.
b) Consume carbohydrate and protein foods at different times.
c) Use plant digestive enzymes in the form of a food supplement for better digestion.

d) Drink more water before or at least two hours after a meal.

3. Should you happen to overindulge yourself in surfeiting, proceed the following day with unloading. There are several options - fruits only, taking one type of fruit per intake in two hours intervals min.; juices only, laying particular stress on the variety and alternating vegetable and fruit juices in two hours. You can also enjoy juices and fruits throughout the day, and for dinner having salad+vegetables (cooked, stewed or roasted). Another option for unloading - have fruits throughout the day and for dinner consume a salad+vegetables (cooked, stewed or roasted)+a plate of a kind of a whole-grain cereal.

4. If you have overeaten at lunch or dinner, skip the next meal.

5. Add moderately and gradually the animal products, especially after fasting, to evade overstressing the body.

6. Do not overeat late in the evening - once you have eaten, avoid getting helpings til going to bed.

7. Only reach for food when you are really hungry.

8. Let the food you eat give you more energy, health and good self-esteem. Excessity in any form always brings about serious negative consequences sooner or later. Eat to live and do not live to eat.

Vita Rama Health Center wishes you happy and healthy Christmas and New Year holidays!