Here come the holidays!

by | Oct 20, 2020 | Chef News

It’s been one heck of a year, hasn’t it? If facing the 2020 holidays is making your stomach turn, here are some ways to turn that around.

Medical experts say your digestive system doesn’t operate very well under stress and negative emotions. So you need to stay calm and maintain a healthy digestive bloodflow with a corresponding supply of essential nutrients and oxygen.

In other words, take the stress out of holiday eating.

Keep your gatherings small and your menus light. You are not a Mercy Chef feeding the world.

Choose menu items that can be prepared ahead of time, or better yet, call The Smithfield Gourmet Cafe and make reservations, or order something delicious for take-out for the whole family.

Does it matter where the food originates? No! Invite everyone to bring a dish and share the mealtime burden!

Don’t multitask at meal time. Mindful eating can cure chronic digestive issues and aniety, says Dr. Shawn Postma, a naturopathic physician.

“The act of being mindful, or mindfulness, is being in a nonjudgmental state of awareness in the present moment. It is the difference between shoveling food down your throat and slowing down to enjoy your food,” he said in a recent article on pccmarkets.com.

So, turn off the tv. Step away from your desk. Park yourself at a dining table with friends and family, enjoy the company, taste the food. And you’ll feel better.

EXTRA TIPS FROM DR. POSTMA

Schedule a visit with your local naturopathic doctor or someone who does biofeedback therapy. Biofeedback is a great therapy to provide feedback on the state of your nervous system and techniques for balancing stress.

Support your nervous system and adrenal glands by getting plenty of sleep, rest and exercise; eating a balanced diet; drinking half your body weight in ounces of water; and cutting out sugar and caffeine.

Supplements such as B-vitamin complex, magnesium, vitamin C, Tulsi (Holy Basil), Ashwagandha, or Rescue Remedy may be helpful as well.

Stimulate your digestion 15 minutes before eating by taking Swedish bitters, which generally help to increase hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes.

 


Dr. Postma holds a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Puget Sound. You can read his full article, HERE.

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james harrison
james harrison
18:47 21 Jun 21
I ordered a club sandwich. The taste was great kettle chips as a side. Portions on both were generous, I took half... to go. The server was efficient and prompt with extra napkins and ice. From their bakery I bought an apple turnover to go. I'm very satisfied with the entire experience.read more
Jennifer Lapierre
Jennifer Lapierre
20:00 18 Jun 21
Used to love the Ruben Sandwich here but it was awful today. Bread looked like pumpernickel instead of rye and hardly... had any thousand island dressing, what was there was absorbed by the bread. I called to let someone know with the hopes that they would make us another that was better, but no. She just said sorry it wasn't up to my standards. I will not be back again, very disappointed.read more
Marcel Chabot
Marcel Chabot
17:37 31 May 21
Terrible, not sure if they had a bad day or whatever. But all the staff but the hostess was moody. Food was absolutely... terrible. Got both our order completely wrong and the hush puppies were not cooked properly. If you want good food go across the street to "Taste of Smithfield" this plas needs to get some pointers from them. Never going back.read more
Lindsay LoMele
Lindsay LoMele
16:19 14 May 21
Extremely kind staff and a well-maintained establishment. Super fresh food, cooked on the spot, and to perfection! Each... meal tasted excellent, there is not one complaint from our visit. The muffins, cinnamon rolls, and especially the Boston cream muffin all look amazing - the muffin tastes like nothing I have even before - just a splendid visit! We will be back very soon!!read more
Greg Jones
Greg Jones
12:59 07 May 21
Rode past this establishment a few times and finally decided to stop for breakfast. Not a good first impression when... they are out of the one thing you ask for. Definitely disappointed and won't be going back.read more
D Tops
D Tops
17:26 05 May 21
Just had a 3 egg cheese with spinach omelette, toast, bowl of fruit and coffee.... total price with taxes included... $15.69... the egg omelette was excellent as well as the toast which was honey almond. Come in and check it out when you're in downtown Smithfield....read more
Keisha Brown
Keisha Brown
18:44 29 Mar 21
Visited from Connecticut and the service was excellent and the food was excellent. I would definitely recommend, the... bread was awesome. I could not bring any home because they ran out. 😥read more
Robert Tallman
Robert Tallman
18:25 20 Mar 21
Everything was well seasoned and portions were perfect. Only thing I would change is just a little bit crispier fries.... But that is just personal preference. Reuben was awesome as well as onion rings.read more
Casey Turchetta
Casey Turchetta
19:23 09 Mar 21
This quaint perfect lunch spot is out of this world!
Susan Meador
Susan Meador
19:01 22 Jan 21
We all got the chicken salad sandwich which was simply great. The sandwich had a good amount of chicken salad . The... chicken salad had a lot of chicken in it and not overly mayoed. Definitely would order againread more
Tiffany Imbimbo
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17:45 03 Jan 21
A little busy on Sunday mornings but the service was amazing and the food was good. They have massive pancakes!!!
Terry Watts
Terry Watts
18:17 23 Dec 20
Very nice lunch. Crab soup the best I have had this year. Homemade chicken salad very good also
Mack Snell
Mack Snell
01:21 23 Dec 20
Enjoy the seasonal fall shopping in historic Smithfield Bakery and Ham shops. Always look for the special Bakery treat... of that day. Then choose a few for later..read more
Melissa Henegar
Melissa Henegar
14:28 06 Oct 20
Had the fried chicken sandwich with potato wedges. Food tasted great and was hot. Waitress was good.
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01:59 13 Sep 20
Quaint, cozy small town American bakery, cafe. Always great food and wonderful desserts. Friendly staff with big... smiles.read more
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Fantastic food!
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22:17 06 Sep 20
Waited at leat 35 min to be seated but for good food and service,, that's fine... Food was ok, not really worth the... wait. Food (quiche) was delivered cold and coffee refills were very late. Serving size was very small... wasn't looking for something huge, but it was really surprising. Was a bit disappointing.read more
Diane Leiter
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20:58 26 Jul 20
Very nice little cafe. The lemon meringue pie was great, as was the quiche of the day - ham and spinach. A little... pricey, but good.read more
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17:36 04 Jul 20
Absolutely best Birthday cake you could imagine. Taste was superior. But the decorating should be a museum piece.... Intricate flowers.....definitely NOT the usual "flower". Tiny and intricate. So much detail. Just exquisite! Staff was soooooo nice. And the decorator was so extraordinary. I can't say enough about this place. Go!!!!! You will not regret it!read more
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