Sure, you may call it by another name, but you know the symptoms intimately the next day: bloating, lethargy, maybe a little nausea or stomach upset, with a general feeling of blah thrown in for good measure.
And you know the cause: not drinking too much but eating too much—overindulging in food that’s too fatty, salty, spicy or sugary, consuming foods you are not used to or simply eating an excessive amount that your body is still trying to digest it.
As wonderful as all of these things are this particular holiday can definitely lead to a food hangover that can leave us with the dreaded and uncomfortable post-Thanksgiving pooch.
While it may be a day to indulge, there are a few secrets to beat the unwanted bloat that comes with it the following day.
Here are 10 tips you can do the day after Thanksgiving that will help to de-bloat and de-stuff you—plus some tips for getting your diet back on track for the rest of the holiday season:
1. When Life Give You Lemons, Drink Them! Start your day by drinking room temperature lemon water & continue to hydrate all day! The lemon is going to help flush out the toxins and the hydration will help get rid of any water you are retaining. Usually when we overeat, we eat more sodium than our bodies are use to, so we retain water. The best way to get rid of the water weight, is to drink more water! Aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces.
2. Go Green: Replace an afternoon snack with a green juice. By taking out the fiber you are giving your digestive system a break while flooding your system with nutrients. If you don’t have a juicer, they now sell great whole food juices at many local grocery stores.
3. Move It: Usually after a day of overeating, the last thing you want to do is move your body. So, start with yoga and focus on your breathing and stretching. I promise you will feel better! I have never known anyone to regret a workout! Not into yoga? Take a walk.
4. TEA-riffic: Not only will this aid in your hydration, but two cups of herbal teas is known to decrease bloat within 24 hours. Choose a decaffeinated herbal tea like Chamomile or Mint.
5. So Long Sodium: You will want to keep your sodium intake low for at least a week after Thanksgiving to give yourself a chance to properly re-hydrate and de-bloat. That means cut out as much processed foods as possible because chances are they are packed with sodium.
6. Rise & Eat: The last thing you may want to do after a food binge is eat more the next morning, but having a morning meal is essential to getting your diet back on track. Choose a breakfast that includes a balance of lean protein and insoluble fiber like whole grains that will help move things along in your body and eliminate bloat.
7. Go Bananas: You know you have to cut back on salt to de-bloat, but did you also know you should stock up on foods that are high in potassium like bananas? It can help you flatten your stomach by flushing out excess sodium in your system.
8. Hold The Bubbly: If you’re trying to get back to your healthy habits, you’re obviously not reaching for sugary sodas, right? Right. And although bubbly drinks like seltzer or diet soda contain no calories, they still have air, which can get trapped in your body and leave you feeling like a balloon. Now’s the best time to return to good old water; try dropping in ginger root slices for flavor and to help with digestion.
9. Not So Sweet: Sweeteners can also cause gas and bloating. Sorbitol, an artificial sweetener, can’t be digested. Fructose, a natural sugar added to many processed foods, is difficult for many people to digest. To avoid bloating, be aware of these sweeteners in the foods you eat and limit the amount you consume. Swap artificial sweeteners for green stevia powder if you must sweeten your morning coffee or tea.
10. Chew on This: Many types of gum, even the sugar-free kinds, are made with sugar alcohols like mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol, which can make your distended feeling even worse. For fresh breath plus a de-bloating benefit, nosh on fennel seeds instead.
So if you wake up post-Thanksgiving with a food hangover and a bloated belly remember these 10 tricks to cure that “over-stuffed” feeling, flatten your tummy and get you right back on a healthy track for the rest of the holiday season.