Thanksgiving is commonly associated with family, friends, gratitude, and food — lots and lots of food. Although there are certain staple foods that we should stay away from, it can be difficult to resist temptations.
Don’t let yourself suffer from the side effects of binge eating this Thanksgiving. A sore and bloated stomach is just two of the many uncomfortable symptoms. Make sure that you get back on track and make healthy changes to avoid forming bad habits.
The road to recovering from your Thanksgiving meal starts right when you wake up in the morning. Exercise first thing to boost your metabolism for the day ahead. Instead of drinking alcohol, consume plenty of water. “Holiday foods tend to cause you to feel bloated due to high sugar and salt content, so it is important to drink lot's of water throughout the day prior to dinner and the days post-dinner,” says Michelle Roots, resident fitness expert and trainer for Trainerize.
Peppermint or ginger tea are also great options. They have been shown to soothe the digestive tract and ease irritation.
Most of all, make sure that you relax and enjoy the holidays. “Stressing about holiday events or “diets” can lead to overeating as well as increased cortisol in the body,” Roots says. This also causes increased fat storage in the body.
Get your health back on track, recuperate from your holiday feast, and educate yourself on a few ways to recover from Thanksgiving.