Christmas day I spent cooking breakfast for my family, opening presents, and sipping champagne while watching the original Star Wars movie, no hangover in site. It was awesome.
We all need those days. No guilt. No worries… I earned it.
And then I woke up Saturday. And the champagne bubble of the week officially popped.
I was in a terrible mood, my belly hurt, and after months of amazing skin, and the feeling that I had finally won my war with acne , a huge cystic zit appeared on my cheek – a clear one-two punch from the gingerbread cake I ate at Christmas Eve in a holiday-daze of invincibility. I thought I had gluten beat, even store-bought, sugary, refined as it comes, gluten.
I was wrong. I am not invincible. I have the pimple to prove it. I am just like the rest of us. Susceptible and irritated.
It happens to all of us. The champagne bubble pops. The swoony feeling of the holidays fades. And you’re left holding your head in your heads, pillow over your eyes, hiding from the light.
Most importantly, it’s not always alcohol-induced.
This time of year especially, the hangover can come in many forms. The shockingly low number in your checking account. The frustrating conversation you had with your dad that ended in a stalemate. The mental exhaustion from a long, hard fought fall at your office.
And of course the classic. The boozy, foodie version – each party and meal that went by saying, this is the last one, a last bite won’t hurt. Until it does.
And it’s not over yet. Good news people – New Year’s is Thursday!
It’s ok. I have you covered. I spent yesterday in serious #cleanup mode. And I’m already on the mend. My mood this morning is infinitely brighter. My belly is flatter. My head is clear. Even that zit is fading. And it’s only taken 12 hours.
Dr. Robin Berzin is the Founder and CEO of Parsley Health, America's leading holistic medical practice designed to help women overcome chronic conditions. She founded Parsley to address the rising tide of chronic disease in America through personalized holistic medicine that puts food, lifestyle, and proactive diagnostic testing on the prescription pad next to medications. Since founding Parsley in 2016, Dr. Berzin has seen 80% of patients improve or resolve their chronic conditions within their first year of care, demonstrating the life-changing value of making modern holistic medicine accessible to everyone, anywhere. Parsley is available online nationwide.
Dr. Berzin attended medical school at Columbia University and trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Her book, Prescription for Happiness: How to Eat, Move, and Supplement for Peak Mental Health, was published by Simon Element in January 2022.
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