Rosh Hashanah 2022: This is how you will survive the holiday meal

Every year we experience a “flood” of inquiries from patients who come with a decision to return to balance after the holidays. The Israelis know how to enjoy themselves and celebrate, but as we were taught in the army – every Shabbat has a Shabbat evening… Therefore, this year we propose to prepare a cure for Mecca and prepare for the heavy holiday meals using the principles of naturopathy and Chinese medicine methods. Here are five tips that will help you prepare even before you get to the holiday table.

Eat well before the holiday meal

Despite the tempting food, you should not arrive at the holiday table hungry, so you can avoid the urge to “gobble” or attack the food. If you won’t be really hungry, you can plan more correctly what to put on your plate from the large and tempting selection.

The key is to taste a little bit of everything

Here is our suggestion for a thought experiment – imagine that you have arrived at a “tasting dinner”, take a little of each type of food that excites you and try not to fill the plate a second time.

A winning plate

Start with soup – such liquid food will help prevent constipation. As every day of the year, even on the eve of the holiday it is important to include proteins in your plate (meat, fish, and for vegans – tofu, lentils, peas and more). The proteins are the source of long-lasting satiety. Next to the proteins, you can combine carbohydrates, in moderation, of course, and we suggest replacing the banal dish of rice or potatoes with roots such as beets or carrots and even beans. Along with all of these, it is always recommended to have plenty of vegetables, a fresh salad with lemon and olive oil, or perhaps cooked vegetables.

Dr. Moti Levy (Photo: Nadav Cohen Yonatan)

Even though it is a holiday meal, where we forgive ourselves for foods we do not normally consume – remember that it is recommended to avoid as much as possible the consumption of processed and industrialized foods and those containing high levels of white flour and processed sugar.

We came for dessert

The pomegranates that are characteristic of Rosh Hashanah can also meet us in dessert. You should replace a slice of cake with fruit and if you need variety and yet something special, here is a winning idea – fruit ice cream. Simply grind fruit in a blender and add orange juice, almond milk or a little sugar – everything in moderation here too.

After the meal – eat the next day as well

Our digestive system functions best if we eat a small meal every few hours (3-4), therefore, as we have already written, it is better not to go crazy with the holiday meal and try to taste a little bit of everything. Even after that, don’t say – now I’ll fast for a day or two to compensate, it will only cause your body to go into unnecessary stress and get out of balance. Those who want to fast can wait for Yom Kippur, it’s just around the corner.

The morning after the holiday meal, and in principle every day, you should start the morning with a glass of water or two to cleanse the liver, which suffers from late meals. Later in the morning you should consume a smoothie or vegetable juice.

happy holiday and happy new year.

The writer is the chief physician of Klalit Complementary Medicine

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