Holidays. Holy Days. Work-free days.
We. All. Love. Them.
But do our bellies? :)
I find that often during holiday celebrations - whether it be a Memorial Day cookout, a birthday party, or the new year - healthy food and celebration don't always go hand-in-hand. For some odd reason.
While I maintain that we all owe it to our bodies to eat as healthfully and cleanly as possible - most of the time - I also choose to not be the person who refuses a piece of birthday cake or a slice of pizza (or three) or a (grossly) over-sweetened celebratory drink just because it's unhealthy. After all, we always have tomorrow to make up for it, right? ;)
So, what do we do when tomorrow strikes?
After a day of (or weekend of) celebrations, I generally turn to three main foods to help my body "recover" from whatever I ate, or overate, the day before:
1. Greens (read: [Dark] Green, Usually Leafy, Vegetables)
I'll start by saying that, as a general rule of thumb, I try to eat at least one half cup of dark-green leafy vegetables on a daily basis. As you might have guessed by now, I am not perfect, nor do I strive to be; so, this is merely something I aim to do, while knowing full well that some days I simply will not eat dark-green leafy vegetables whether by choice or by circumstance.
But back to our holiday weekend: why dark-green leafies? Well, some may argue over the significance of what we call the micronutrients (aka vitamins and minerals), but I will argue that they are, literally, vitally significant. Here are two websites hosted by medical doctors with further readings on the myriad roles that the various micronutrients play in our bodies: World's Healthiest Foods and Joel Fuhrman