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Feasting and Fasting During the Holidays

Feasting and Fasting During the Holidays

The holiday season is officially upon us and this is the time of year that healthy lifestyles and habits you’ve worked for all year fall apart. It happens to the best of us. A top tip for staying healthy during the holidays: Fasting! Imagine this, not stressing about what to eat during the holidays and not depriving yourself of all of the delicious food that comes with the holiday season, and still feeling like your healthy self.

Fasting is defined as the periodic breaks from eating, including both intermittent or longer term breaks. There are a multitude of health benefits associated with fasting such as preventing obesity, improving disease markers and reducing the effects that stress has on your body. It can also help your mental game by improving focus, learning and memory!

In the case of holiday eating, fasting can help counteract the effect that over-indulging on junk food has. The benefits of fasting are multifaceted: it has the ability to help your body adapt to stress, which means that your body will handle the change in sleep, exercise and diet that comes with the holidays that would normally wreak havoc on your body. In addition, fasting actually triggers cell-based self-repair and autophagy, (the clean up of aging & damaged cells) & promotes rejuvenation from within. In other words, it effectively cleans up the mess that holiday eating causes and gives your body the reset it needs to start fresh!

Studies have shown that fasting can help prevent unwanted weight gain (even when used intermittently!), support a healthy metabolism, improve energy levels and maximize cognition.

At Hudson, our functional medicine team comprised of doctors and nutritionists, is well versed in different fasting techniques, and would be happy to help you with how to implement fasting techniques!

Note: fasting isn’t for everyone. There are certain conditions that don’t mix well with fasting. Have a chat with us to determine if it is a good option for you!

Learn more from Dr. Kaitlyn Clarke, DC, CNS

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