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3 Tips on Surviving the 5 Major Holiday Seasons (from Halloween to Valentines Day)

October 18, 2019 16 min read

How to Guard Your Health & Emotional Well Being as You Celebrate

Surprising, (and for some), Shocking Tips on How to Minimize the Health Effects of Celebration Foods & Seasonal Blues

Topics in the article include:

Why does one's health and mood deteriorate during the holidays and after?
Some of the most common worst offenders are:
A Little Known Secret About Nuts and Nut Butters 
1. Prepare in Advance - Build Health Now!
2. Foods Best Not to Combine Together
3. Foods to Minimize (or eliminate if you have the willpower)

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While it is more important that we celebrate, indulge a bit, and spend time with loved ones, how can we also maintain our health and happiness throughout the holidays and after?

During the months of January, February, and March I receive more calls from people who find themselves in a progressively deteriorating health condition or depression than any other months of the year.

The five major holiday seasons (Halloween, Thanksgiving, the religious holidays of December, New Years, and Valentine's Day) are are filled with celebration foods and dietary excesses or compromises, from which the body fails to fully recover between each holiday before facing another one, then struggles to regain balance during the months of January, February, and March.

In some cases, the cumulative effect of this series of celebratory foods results in old health conditions and/or bouts of depression returning with a vengeance.

A sudden cold, flu, digestive distress, heartburn, a flare up of old conditions, joint pains, skin rashes & outbreaks, acid stomach, insomnia, a worsening of existing conditions like low or high blood sugar/pressure, or other ailment, including moderate to suicidal depression, are common complaints during those months.

This drop in well-being catches many by surprise, not being aware of the direct connection between traditional holiday meals and their effect on one's health or mood.

One of my goals in presenting the following information is to reduce, if possible, the number people who struggle with their physical & emotional health during and after the holiday seasons.

Why does one's health and mood deteriorate during the holidays and after?

In most instances it is due to the cumulative effect of a multitude of dietary compromises that are common to holiday celebrations, including an abundance of sugar, nuts, chips (or other fried foods), rich foods, candy, desserts, alcohol, and typical food combining mistakes traditionally bred into our celebration of the holidays (see below).

Some of the most common worst offenders are:

  • nuts and nut butters (yes, even soaked almonds)

  • concentrated sugars (granular, liquid, and extracts)

  • breads (mostly due to the herbicides laced into the grains)

  • alcohol (affecting the brain, liver, coordination, and emotional states)

  • liquid oils (being an extracted concentrate)

  • dairy fats (that interact with starches and sweets resulting in insulin resistance)

especially when combined into the same dish, or in the same meal.

Examples include:

  • pecan pie (the combination of nuts and sugar are deadly at triggering herpes, shingles, or a flu bug)

  • raw fruit pies (nut crust with sweet fruits can promote bloat & digestive disturbances, coupled with a long list of other side effects like cold extremities, excess weight, joint inflammation, etc.)

  • or fruit cake (again, a food combining mistake consisting of nuts, fruits, grains, and sometimes alcohol, producing fungal overgrowth, while feeding the herpes strain of viruses)

  • most all desserts (sweeteners and oils or fats are the basis of their recipes, thus violating the number one disease-causing food combining mistake) as spelled out below.

  • egg nog (egg fats, sugar, cream, and alcohol resulting in insulin resistance)

  • honey or sugar in an olive oil dressing (leave off the honey or sugar and add lemon or lime to emulsify the olive oil before using, thus reducing the concentrated oil challenge) 

  • butter on bread

  • sour cream on potatoes

A Little Known Secret About Nuts and Nut Butters 

Nuts feed the herpes/shingles strains of viruses more powerfully than any other food that I know (next to heavy metals and antibiotics), yet this truth seems to be virtually unknown in today's health food circles.

There are 5 basic reasons why this surprising fact is true:

  1. Nuts are constipating, therefore difficult to digest. 

  2. They turn into a thick paste, stick to your teeth, and therefore stick to the intestinal sidewalls. 

  3. The slow moving nut paste results in the nut oils going rancid in the gut (if they weren't already rancid from sitting on the store shelf).

  4. Viruses and mycoplasma love rancid oils and fats, thus leading to herpes, shingles, tooth inflammations, and bronchial congestion/inflammation.

  5. Nuts and nut butters are commonly consumed with sweets (like raisins or other fruits, trail mix, granola, honey, jelly, etc.) which is the very food combining practice that leads to insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance, by the way, is one of the central contributing factors to the vast majority of chronic health conditions today, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, ALS, MS, MD, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and numerous other health complaints.

Insulin resistance is caused primarily by the combination of fats and sugars, thus the rise of the Atkins and Keto Diets which eliminate the carbs so as not to challenge the fat (which is a mistake in principle, for it is the fat that is interfering with the natural assimilation of glucose sugars at the cellular level that leads to higher blood sugar and chronic diseases).

Yet, who doesn't love to munch on handfuls of nuts commonly set out during our favorite celebrations?

Add an innocent dish of split peas (the second most prevalent dietary trigger for a herpes/shingles attack) and the likelihood of developing a chronic health condition increases further.

Eat a piece of pecan pie (nuts and sugar) or raw food pie (nuts and fruit) with the above and you are sure to show signs of deteriorated health within 1-3 days (it typically takes 2-3 days following a compromise before the pathogens multiply to a level that create a noticeable crisis).

Or add a delicious dessert made of cream cheese, or other form of dairy, or the nut cheese (dairy alternative) plus the sugar or natural sweeteners, and insulin resistance will climb further due to the fat and sugar consumed together

Choose any other dessert just after a meal of meats, fish, or fats and this combination of sugar and fat will also add fuel to the insulin resistance in a big way.

Add coffee and sugar or pastries to the day's routine and your chances climb even higher due to the acidity created by both, (a necessary precondition to developing a chronic condition or temporary flu), coupled with the higher than normal cortisol levels in the blood from the caffeine. (Cortisol is a fat-based hormone that serves as one of the herpes strain virus' most favorite foods).

Add the best wine available, or other alcoholic beverage, and the chances of surviving the holiday without the flare up of an old health condition, or digestive disturbance, or bouts of depression, or swings between hyperactive and sluggish energy are pretty much nil.

Sluggish mornings, herpes or shingles outbreaks, psoriasis, eczema, acne, brain fog, loss of motivation, depression, or swings between hyperactivity and depression are signs that the viruses have pushed your immune response and digestive powers beyond their limits.

It is also a sign that your hormonal production has been severely affected.

Skin problems of all kinds are indicative of an overloaded liver and lymphatic system struggling to keep up with the excesses, toxicities, and poor food combining practices, followed by the inevitable pathogen overgrowth.

By the time the third holiday rolls around in December, and especially by early to mid January & February, more people call who are in a serious health crisis, or in a moderate to suicidal depression, than at any other time of year.

The cause is obvious in most cases, as each instance can usually be traced back to a brief or extended period of excess nuts, nut butters, sugar, chips, fried food, breads, alcohol, canola oil, and/or food combining mistakes (like raw butter on an organic squash, or fruits and nuts together), or simply too much coffee during a stressful period.

Such dietary side effects can also be compounded by the side effects from:

  • flu shots,

  • antibiotics

  • meds

  • dental work

  • alcohol,

  • recreational drugs

  • chemical and heavy metal exposures

  • personal or family crisis moments (also prevalent during holidays, partially provoked by side effects of the diet). 

So, how do we survive so many holiday celebrations arriving so close together? Here are a few tips that have been found to be successful during the holidays and throughout the New Year:

1. Prepare in Advance - Build Health Now!

  1. Build health in advance, so as to go into the holidays with greater resilience. Watch the diet more carefully, pay attention to food combining rules, reduce the coffee and sugar, take more clay baths, increase the amount of superfoods and immune support herbs (Immune Power).

  2. Note the wisdom mentioned in this article:

    When is the Best Time to Start a Health Building-Cleansing Program – Before or After the Holidays??

  3. Alkalinize the body daily with Earth & Sea Greens, or Vital Cleanse & Nutrify 5 Way Superfood Blend, or Sea Vegetable Blend at least twice per day.

  4. Consume Digestive Bitters with, before, or after a meal to insure digestion is at peak performance prior to the holiday meals.

  5. Consume Digestive Bitters again just before bed to accelerate complete digestion while you sleep, especially if food combining mistakes could not be avoided, or constipating foods are part of the diet (meat, nuts, cheese, cream, yogurt, sugar, bananas, eggs, refined flour breads, pasta, etc.).

  6. Bitter herbs, digestive spices (both are in Digestive Bitters), and bitter foods taken daily assist the liver to protect your health from pathogens, toxins, heavy metals, excess sugars, and excess fats (primarily because bitters assist the liver to detoxify through the production of bile.) Bile is required to breakdown fats before entering the bloodstream.

  7. Do a Liver Flush with Bitters before and after the holidays. Celebration foods will place additional burdens on the blood purification powers of the liver. Best to flush the liver before and after the holidays to ease the strain and speed the recovery from celebration foods.

    Be sure to take clay baths in combination with each Liver Flush with Bitters so as to ease the strain on the liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system responsible for eliminating the toxic waste stirred up from the flush.

  8. Before a big meal, consume Earth & Sea Greens, or Vital Cleanse & Nutrify 5 Way Superfood Blend, or Sea Vegetable Blend to reduce the cravings for snacks and minimize the tendency to overeat.

  9. The typical diet commonly includes 10 times the quantity of food required for optimal health. Longevity is known to be extended with periodic fasting and a lower daily volume of food bulk, but high in nutritive value, like sea vegetables and superfoods, or forest prana for the breatharians (who tend to be among the healthiest people in the world).

  10. Consider fasting, or reducing food intake, a few days prior to celebrations and again after. This one choice alone may well prevent a more serious health challenge.

  11. Knowing that celebration foods will stress your blood sugar and splenic functions, it is wise to increase your resilience by strengthening your blood sugar regulators (pancreas and adrenals) with Blood Sugar Balance and Kidney Adrenal Support. Strengthen spleen function with Spleen Builder.

  12. Eat more cultured foods to build your digestive powers (sauerkraut, shiso, miso, other cultured vegetables, raw milk whey, & Friendly Flora), but avoid kombucha, jun, and honey mead - which is basically sugar, caffeine, and alcohol – the three main food groups that harm the spleen and adrenals (key digestive & immune system organs), and thereby promote viral & fungal overgrowth. 

  13. Build immune system strength in advance with daily amounts of Immune Power. (Other formulas which build the immune system are: Black Seed Combo (a stronger action short duration immune support – call the office about this one), Lung SupportPurify (a liver cleanser), Licorice Root Powder, and Spleen Builder.) Keep these in mind if any one of them are all you have when a crisis starts to build.

  14. Prepare a Travel Spice Kit (with small jars) in a case to bring with you to restaurants and for travel. Ours includes organic black pepper, Himalayan SaltPink Sulfur Salt (aka Black Salt), Curry Spice BlendFire, Digestive Bitters, cayenne pepper, and I bring extra fennel or cumin to help with gas, a common side effect of restaurant food).

2. Foods Best Not to Combine Together

  1. Sweets with oils.

  2. Foods that convert to sugar in the body (like grains and starchy veggies) with oils or fats.

  3. If oil is required for cooking, coconut oil in small amounts can be utilized with starches. Olive oil on a salad in small amounts can be used, although not as safe (because it's an extract, not a whole food) like an avocado dressing.

  4. Marinate olive oil or other oils in lemon or lime to emulsify the oil before using, thus reducing the concentrated oil challenge.

  5. Meat with starches (rice, potatoes, grains, etc.).

  6. Fruit, jams, honey, maple syrup, or sugar with nuts and nut butters.

  7. Nuts or nut butters with bread or rice cakes.

  8. Eat fruits, honey, and sweets on an empty stomach or with starches, grains, vegetables and superfoods. 

  9. Best not to eat desserts at all, but if you must, try eating desserts 1 hour before a meal, or 2 hours or more after a meal, and consume bitter foods or bitter herbs (Digestive Bitters) and blood sugar regulators (Blood Sugar Balance) with the meal, and again between the meal & dessert, to reduce or prevent the side effects of viral, bacterial, and fungal overgrowth from this food combining error. 

  10. Most desserts are made of a combination of sugars, starches, and oils or dairy which make them a contributing cause behind many health complaints.

  11. Study the Food Combining Rules along with a listing of over 100 foods you CAN eat (with certain considerations) for optimal health and effective digestion: OK, So What Foods CAN I Eat?.

3. Foods to Minimize (or eliminate if you have the willpower)

  1. Anything containing an artificial or concentrated (liquid or granular) sweetener (even the natural ones), especially if the sweetener is a glucose or sucrose type sweetener, like agave, granulated sugars, concentrated fructose, maple syrup, or molasses. 

  2. Just keep in mind that fruits or most sweeteners and fats/oils are best not mixed in the same meal. Consume each food group in separate meals to avoid the sugar-fat conflict. 

  3. Insulin resistance takes place when meat of all kinds is combined with starches/sweets (because meats are exceptionally hard to digest, acidify the body, and will always contain fats that conflict with the sugar).

  4. Because meats typically contain fats, and most celebration meals will also contain starches and sugars, the combination of the two results in fungal overgrowth (from insulin resistance) and viral proliferation (viruses feed on both fats and toxins).

  5. Cookies, pastries, desserts, and candies, (beware of the "natural" ones). "Organic" does not always mean safe for you. Most of these contain concentrated sweeteners and oils that disrupt sugar metabolism, thus leading to chronic diseases. (I know this is not welcome news, but the truth none-the-less)

  6. Beware of sweetened chocolate, due to the concentrated sugar ("organic cane sugar") in combination with the cacao butter, cream, nuts, or a few ingredients which cannot be pronounced. 

  7. The least compromising chocolate treat uses raw fermented cacao, licorice root, stevia, or yacon, and sea salt or spices, possibly some green superfoods, and very little else (assuming such a chocolate could be found or made).

  8. Nuts are extremely hard to digest (even when soaked, demonstrated by the way the nut butters stick to the teeth, therefore the gut walls), and way too easy to eat too many.

  9. Do not eat nuts with fruit, sweets, or starches (granola bars & trail mixes are classic food combining nightmares causing gas and bloat, the tell-tell sign of a food combining mistake).

  10. Also, unless you take the nuts out of the shell yourself, preferably off of your own tree in your back yard, the chance of beginning levels of mold and rancidity is great. How long has the nut been on the store shelf?

  11. Nuts and concentrated sugars are two of the greatest viral, fungal, and bacterial overgrowth promoters in the health food world.

  12. Concentrated added sugars are associated with higher blood pressure, non-alcoholic fatty liver, non-alcoholic hepatitis, weight gain, and increased risk for diabetes. This does not apply to organic fruits, however.

  13. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated with cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. "Historically thought to result from overnutrition and a sedentary lifestyle, recent evidence suggests that diets high in sugar (from sucrose and/or high-fructose corn syrup [HFCS]) not only increase the risk of NAFLD, but also non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)."

  14. While not as sweet, yacon root powder or cinnamon are safer alternatives. Whole fruit is also a wise choice where fats or oils are not part of the meal. 

  15. Honey, while natural, needs to be treated like a fruit, consumed apart from meals containing oils and fats, but can be acceptable with starches & grains.

  16. Sweeten with Licorice Root Powder (not the licorice candy) and Stevia Green Leaf Powder (not the stevia drops or white concentrated powder), cinnamon, or other spices.

  17. Use fruit, cucumber, sweet potatoes, or unpasteurized coconut water as a sweetener where appropriate (i.e. when fats or oils are not added).

  18. Licorice and stevia do not contain fructose, glucose, or sucrose and can be combined safely with oils and fats. 

  19. One reason concentrated glucose and sucrose sweeteners can be a dietary risk has to do with the need for insulin (an acidic hormone) to metabolize glucose and sucrose (which does not apply to fructose from fruit).

  20. The transport of glucose through the cell wall to create ATP (the energy molecule) causes a lactic acid buildup when oxygen levels are low to begin with from dietary acidity. The extra lactic acid further increases body acidity, placing an additional strain on the eliminative organs (liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bowels, and lymph system).

  21. Fructose from whole fruit, (not an extract concentrate like high fructose syrup or agave) does not trigger insulin, as whole fruit-derived fructose is able to enter the cells without insulin support (as long as the excess fat has not plugged the sugar receptor sites in the cell wall).

  22. Watermelon is well known in some circles for reversing diabetic ketoacidosis due to its alkalizing effects and low glycemic load.

  23. The Ketogenic diet, especially for lactating mothers, or diets high in concentrated sugar, increases body acidity, and can be life threatening. A low fat, high starch diet, on the other hand, allows for more fruit, like watermelon, to maintain body alkalinity. 

  24. Fructose is actually more efficient at creating the ATP molecule than glucose itself. Since insulin is not required to deliver fructose through the cell wall (as it is with glucose), fructose from fruit is a safe sweetener for diabetics, providing fat is not interfering with sugar passing through the sugar receptors at the cell wall. 

  25. Concentrated sugars (cane sugar & liquid concentrates) compound this problem, as high sugar levels in the blood also reduce the ability of acids to be excreted from the body via the urine.

  26. Concentrated sugars cause the body to become over-acidic, thus thickening/reducing bile flow (used to digest fats). Not so with natural whole fruits. The University of Colorado found that "For weight loss achievement, an energy-restricted moderate natural fructose diet [from fruit] was superior to a low-fructose [from high fructose syrup] diet.

  27. Use whole foods, fruits, and herbs to sweeten beverages or dishes, but leave out the oils and fats to prevent insulin resistance in those dishes or drinks, or use Licorice Root Powder or Stevia Green Leaf Powder when fats are present.

  28. Undigested fats in the blood (caused partially by the over acid condition that thickens and slows the flow of bile fluids needed to digest fats) make it even more difficult to metabolize sugars resulting in a sugar spike.

  29. Undigested fats in the blood promote insulin resistance because the excess fat plugs up the sugar receptors in the cell wall, thus preventing the delivery of the sugar to the interior of the cell where it is needed most to create energy. 

  30. Yeast in the body consumes the excess sugar in the blood from the combination of sweets and fats, resulting in a fungal bloom, along with viral (eating fats) and bacterial (eating sugars) proliferation, followed by fuzzy brain, digestive bloat, over-acid stomach, interference with hormones, and an aggravation of many other health conditions in the body.

  31. When consumed apart from oils and fats, fruits and starches like potatoes (white, yellow, red, purple, and sweet), beans, lentils, rice, and squash are able to feed the energy producing ATP in the cells without acidifying the body.

  32. Chips (fried oils are often rancid, and oils should not be combined with starches like corn or potatoes). Most fried food is fried in canola oil (especially at restaurants), a GMO oil, rancid and chemically polluted.

  33. One new way of making a chip is with coconut oil. This is the least problematic way to combine an oil and a starch due to the fact that coconut oil is a partially predigested oil (so less bile is required to digest it). If an oil is desired with a starch, this is the safer way to go.

  34. Other fried foods (clogs the arteries, acidifies the blood, and interferes with sugar metabolism). Most all restaurant fried foods are fried with canola oil, a penetrating lubricant. This oil will always be rancid by nature, causes painful swollen joints, digestive disturbances, and a toxic condition in the body.

  35. Pasteurized cheese, cream, yogurt, and milk (all pasteurized dairy products are congesting, acidic, and toxic). Raw dairy has advantages for some in moderation, yet ultimately dairy will be eliminated in order to obtain the best of health due to its congesting, mucus producing properties, and due to the way dairy feeds the herpes, EBV, and shingles viruses. 

  36. Soy products and byproducts of all kinds (soy is most likely GMO, even if it is organic). Soy acts as an estrogen replacer, but does not restore production power to the hormone producers.

  37. Adaptogenic herbs rebuild hormone production power across the entire endocrine system and are far superior to soy in this regard. (Adaptogen & Mushroom Blend, Revitalize for Men / Women)

  38. Coffee, especially if sweetened, or with pasteurized milk/cream. Black organic coffee in moderate quantities may have some (questionable) health benefits, although there are several downsides to coffee as well.

  39. Decaf coffees are more likely to contain mold than regular coffee due to the longer soaking time required for extracting the caffeine. The coffee plant is one of the most chemicalized food plants in the world, so stick to organically grown beans from trusted sources. 

  40. Colas, even the "natural" ones (usually loaded with sugars and acids). Most non-organic colas are made with phosphoric acid, and have a pH close to 2.0, causing great strain on the kidneys.

  41. Of course, "diet" sodas are sweetened with toxic chemicals that contribute to numerous diseases, including obesity.

  42. Alcohol does not have the health benefits that media and (industry funded) research reports have led us to believe. Alcohol depresses the immune system by weakening the spleen (a major contributor of antibodies whose job it is to tackle viruses and bacteria in the body).

  43. Alcohol also degenerates the brain similar to coffee (as per Dr. Amen's brain scan revelations shown in the article).

  44. Kombucha & jun are gentler than the above, but can still worsen candida overgrowth and blow out the spleen due to its sugar/caffeine/alcohol content.

  45. Alcohol produces a serotonin response in the body, thus providing its mood elevating effects, offset, of course, by its reduction of inhibitions and motor skills, endangering lives in many ways.

  46. It need not be said for most readers, but I will mention it here anyway. Eliminate packaged, processed foods and fast foods, due to the number of non-food chemical ingredients, rancid toxic oils, and concentrated sweeteners contained within most all of them.

  47. As well, if you are not sure if a fruit or vegetable has not been genetically modified, best to avoid it all together.  

  48. If the animal products are not from 100% organically fed animals, you likely have GMO feed ingredients bred into the flesh and fat of the animal. 

  49. Sadly, most restaurants use conventional foods (commonly coated with RoundUp to speed harvesting times/yields) and canola oil, soy oil, peanut oil, or "vegetable" oil. Avoid these, as they promote inflammation throughout the body and increase the viral loads.

Remember to minimize liquids with and after meals 
so as not to dilute essential digestive juices.

The best time to take your nutritional supplements
is before or during a meal. If you forget, just minimize
the amount of liquids consumed to get them down.

This will avoid some acid reflux and stagnant food in the gut issues.

With some attention to:

1) building health prior to the holiday celebration,

2) separating sugars and fats into separate meals, and

3) minimizing harmful foods, junk foods, and packaged processed foods, 

you will stand a greater chance of surviving the next 5 major holiday seasons in greater health and in better spirits. 

Many blessings of health & success,
Enjoy the simple gifts of Nature.

Michael King
Michael King

Michael King is a Life Enrichment Consultant, a natural intuitive, a researcher of Nature's most powerful healing resources the world over, the author of "Detoxify, Nourish & Build – Three Essentials for Vibrant Health", the Vital Health News Updates – a periodic newsletter documenting the most life-building natural resources on the planet, and the co-author of Life Chats with Oversoul – an ongoing dialogue designed to gain clarity and direction while navigating the immense changes going into the New Era. Michael is also an advocate of sustainable gardening, environmental responsibility, and an architect of ways to increase global food production.

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