No doubt, most of us feel sluggish and bloated after enjoying a delicious meal on Thanksgiving. For many, this is an inevitable part of the holiday, and for the sake of great food and time spent with loved ones it’s mostly worth it.
But to ease some of that bloating and recover from (or maybe even avoid) a “food coma” you can follow these five easy tips that will help to sooth your stomach, improve your energy levels and get you back to feeling normal in no time at all.
1. Drink tea.
Almost everyone feels a bit bloated after a big Thanksgiving meal. But relieving that “stuffed” feeling may be as easy as brewing up a cup of tea. A growing body of research suggests that different types of teas, like green, peppermint and chai, may help to support the digestive process. According to LiveStrong.com, a 2005 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that compounds called catechins in green tea increase the activity of pepsin, a digestive enzyme that deconstructs proteins in the stomach.
2. Blend up a green smoothie for breakfast.
After a day of heavy eating, starting your morning with a light and nutritious breakfast will help you feel refreshed and reenergized. Plus, blending some greens, like kale, spinach or chard, into your breakfast smoothie will not only pack in extra essential nutrients, but the additional fiber can help to aid your digestive process, too.
3. Get back to the gym.
You’ll want to take it easy right after your Thanksgiving dinner. Avoid intense exercise in order to let your body properly digest. But a little while after eating a short, slow walk can help to deter that sluggish feeling that often comes along after a big meal.
Get back to your regular exercise routine the next day. A good sweat session can help to burn up some extra calories and also help you to feel recharged and revitalized.
4. Do yoga.
Not only is yoga a great way to exercise lightly and avoid that sleepy sluggish feeling that many experience after a large meal, but it has long been touted as an effective way to remedy digestive issues. According to Health.com, poses like twists, bridges and folds are said to help reduce bloating and ease stomach pain.
5. Return to regular portions.
After Thanksgiving it’s likely that your fridge will be stocked up with lots of leftovers. If you plan on putting together meals to use them up remember to keep normal portion sizes in mind. You don’t necessarily need to eat anything special to “detox” from your Thanksgiving meal, the most important thing you can do is simply return to your regular eating habits.