Wishing you all a great Thanksgiving Day tomorrow!
If you’re participating in a feast of some kind, here are some helpful tips to get you through the day without weight gain, indigestion and drama…
1. Hydrate: You know what’s coming so start preparing early! Start your day with two big glasses of water with some lemon juice. We often misinterpret thirst for hunger so make sure you stay hydrated to currb those cravings. Also - alcohol is dehydrating so fend of that hangover before it even happens. Prevention is so much better than patching up.
2. Eat Breakfast: Start your day with a delicious and hearty breakfast. Make a delicious hot porridge with your favorite grains and almond milk, have a bowl of granola or oatmeal or a delicious omelet! Getting your metabolism going, stabilizing your blood sugar and especially avoiding sitting down at the Thanksgiving meal famished will help prevent over eating!
3. Fruit First: Try eating a piece of fruit 30 minutes BEFORE the big meal! It will hydrate you, give you plenty of good enzymes to help you digest the meal and again make sure you’re not starving as you sit down to eat and enjoy a slow food feast!
4. Loads of Veggies: Load up your plate with all those delicious sides! Go for the Brussels Sprouts, roasted root vegetables, green beans and fresh salad and eat as much as you want! Then have a smaller portion of the turkey and stuffing and still feel super satisfied. And may I suggest bringing a jar of sauerkraut as a hostess gift? Those probiotics will help you all digest the meal so much better!
Sauerkraut packed with probiotics
5. No Deprivation: Please have the foods that you love! Don’t sit there and stare at your moms amazing pie, have some! One piece of pie made with love and shared in good company is all good!
6. Chew: I know - duh, right? Well - let me just remind you; digestion begins in the mouth! Chew your food well and you will be less likely to get digestive discomfort, you’ll have more energy to play when your body’s not busy trying to grind up your food for you and you’ll improve the nutrient absorption. Even better, you’ll slow down and notice when you’re actually full. It’s a win win all around!
7. Breath: The big family gatherings can be stressful for all, even in the happiest of circumstances. Make sure to take a few deep belly breaths and relax BEFORE you dig in. A tight and stress stomach does not digest the food very well and you’re more likely to feel stuffed and uncomfortable.
Can you find a sense of calm
amongst all the crazy of the Holiday season?
Meditation in Northern California
8. Laugh: Deep belly laughter is the best therapy! Enjoy time with your family and friends and practice gratitude and humor. Who cares if the turkey got burnt or your aunt commented on your outfit again? Laugh it off, laugh at yourself and focus on the good stuff!
9. Move: Instead of parking in front of the TV after a big meal ( I know there’s supposedly a big game on that day?!?) - get moving! Arrange a family game on the lawn, get out the Wii and get competitive, play with the dogs or the kids or go for a long walk while the Turkey is roasting!
10. Clean Up: Offer your help to the host! They’ll be so grateful for your help, you’ll feel good about helping out, you can all gossip in the kitchen and you’ll get up from your chair and move after the big meal!