by Lisa Breitenwischer, CHHC, ERYT 500, AADP
My recommendation in the past has been to give healthy eating tips for Thanksgiving Day to prevent excess gas, bloat and food coma. I’m not really sure if anyone heeds my advice, but I don’t take it personally. After all, food celebrations during anytime of the year are times where we eat, drink & BE with the one’s we love. So this year, I suggest to enjoy the day thoroughly! Savor every conversation and every bite, for it’s really the day after that’s critical on whether or not you spin out of control, until January 1st. Recovering from fat, sugar and carb overload can be challenging if you don’t stay on top of it. Splurging continually will guarantee weight gain, indigestion & bloat, as well as sending you in a downward emotionally spiral. Use this “Post Gobble Guideline” to bounce back the day after a food celebration and enjoy the holiday season filled with love and lightness, instead of bloat and blues.
1. The Night of the Splurge – Take a Probiotic Before Bed with a Glass of Water.
Probiotics work to absorb nutrients from food. They can boost the immune system, improve digestion, heal inflammatory bowel conditions such as IBS and IBD, manage eczema and other skin conditions, and prevent depression and certain mood disorders. Choose one that has at least 25 billion CFU’s.
2. The Next Morning – Drink this Smoothie.
This will start to alkaline the body, de-bloat, and cleanse the liver. It also tastes good, too 🙂 In a blender, pour 1.5 cups of cold water, 1.5 cups mango chunks (frozen), 1 small banana, 1 cup of spinach, 1” piece of peeled ginger and give it a whirl.
3. Hungry? Eat Breakfast.
Scramble a couple of eggs in a little ghee. Add asparagus (nourishes digestive tract) or any other vegetables. A couple dashes of hot sauce will help you to eat slower, clear any sinus issues and get rid of toxins.
4. Move Your Body.
Do something where you can increase your heart rate: yoga, brisk walk, run, bike, elliptical, rake leaves, clean the house, hit the sales on Black Friday. Physical exertion is a great way to purge toxins. So is an Infrared Sauna.
5. Eat a Simple Lunch.
If eating leftovers, have sliced turkey over mixed greens or turkey with veggies. Stay away from potatoes, bread, rolls and anything with a crust. If you can’t stand the thought of turkey, have some roasted vegetables over mixed greens with balsamic vinegar drizzled on top.
6. Eat Dinner – Skip the Left Overs.
Choose 3-4oz of wild caught fish with steamed/sautéed vegetables or another meatless dish. Stay away from cheese or heavy cream. You’re almost done!
If you need a snack, have some plain Greek yogurt (probiotic) with a teaspoon of raw honey and cinnamon or have 1-cup of raspberries, blackberries or cherries. Sip on ginger tea.
8. Stay Hydrated All Day.
Drink at least half your body weight in ounces.
You made it!! This one day is huge in regards to how your holiday season will start. There will be more food celebrations, but if you can stick with these post splurge guidelines, you can stroll into January with new goals other than weight loss!
If you need support this holiday season, send me an email and I can design a program that works for you, whether you live in Dallas or not!