Erin Casperson

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It is that time of year again. Yes, we have arrived at the Holiday Season.  A time to celebrate, be thankful and fill our schedules with many social engagements.  These festive times are a fun way to connect with family and friends, but so often come with the price of over indulging.  It can be so difficult to resist all the sweet and decadent food offerings this time of year.  Ayurveda, yoga’s sister health science provides some useful ways to combat the dreaded digestive woes of the season.

Stay hydrated.  Not with iced or cold water, but warm to hot water.  Sip plain hot water throughout the day for the weeks around the holidays.  This will help to keep the lymphatic system moving for less congestion around the body.

Skip breakfast.  If you over eat on a particular night, opt out of brunch the next day.  When going to a party it is best to eat light and eat early.  Noshing all night at the cheese platter and desert table is a major digestive disaster.  Mix that with a few cocktails and you may experience heartburn, indigestion, constipation or nausea.  Don’t add insult to injury the next day.  Wake in the morning have a big mug of hot water and sip ginger tea until hunger returns.

Keep your regular bed and wake time.  Even if you are going to bed later than usual, get up close to your normal wake time.  By going to bed 3 hours later and waking 3 hours later it is like sending your body to California and the result is similar to the feeling of jetlag.  Don’t drag yourself around all day at work on Monday; simply keep the same wake hours all weekend.  If you get a bit tired in the afternoon, simply take a 20 minute savasana (rest).

Hangover Remedy.  Even us yogi’s can sometimes get a little carried away with the cocktails.  So here are a few great hangover remedies.

  • 8oz warm water with 1 teaspoon lime juice, ½ teaspoon sugar, ½ teaspoon baking soda pinch of salt
  • Coconut water!!!
  • If headache, sour belly, no appetite try a cool lassi.  Blend 1 tablespoon plain yogurt with 1 cup of water and a pinch of cumin powder.  Drink 3-4 times through day.


More than anything I encourage you to enjoy this time of year and cheer.  Take stock of what truly feeds your soul.  And if you eat a few too many cookies, don’t sweat it you can always make a u-turn to the veggie platter!




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