Yes—the holiday is about family, gratitude and much more, but food is often the first thing that comes to mind. So it’s only natural that the holiday typically marked by overeating, drinking and lots of delicious pie tends to drum up concern in those trying to stick to a healthy diet.
Now that Thanksgiving is officially tomorrow, many people are looking for some tips about how to bounce back from the inevitable food comas.
If you’re doing Thanksgiving right, the upcoming holiday feast will no doubt leave you bloated, sluggish and dehydrated. It’s important to be proactive and start forming Thanksgiving recovery plans now so you have no excuses and don’t end up on the couch all day Friday moaning.
Break a sweat
If you’re feeling ambitious, sign up for a Friday morning fitness class before the holiday. That way you are motivated to hold yourself accountable. Exercising the morning after will help eliminates stress and boost your metabolism.
Stock up on healthy snacks
Stock your fridge and cabinets stocked with better-for-you snack alternatives so you can quickly break the bad-eating cycle. It doesn’t have to be fruits and veggies. For example – salsa & whole-grain tortilla chips, avocado toast (Wholly Guacamole is a great pre-made option) and hummus & pita bread are all great options.
Skip the dairy
Avoid dairy as much as possible post-Thanksgiving feast. It will only leave you more bloated. If you’re really craving cheese, opt for a plant-based, dairy-free cheese that won’t wreck additional havoc to your belly. Daiya is a great option – they made cheese shreds that taste & melt just like dairy-based cheese.
Catch some rays
Sunshine makes everything better, and the more time you spend in the sun the more vitamin D your body will produce, which will lead to a boosted immunity and overall attitude.
No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a glass (or four) of wine, but when you wake up with a hangover skip the hair of the dog and opt for water or tea. Drinking hot water has many health benefits. It helps curb your appetite and help you de-bloat. Some teas, like green tea, will also boost your metabolism.
It can be tempting to throw in the towel on your post-Thanksgiving recover come dinner time when leftovers start to beckon. While convenience is your friend, avoid take-out as restaurant meals are often high in calories and sodium. Meal kits like Revolution Foods Dinner Hero are perfect in this instance; all you need to do is add protein and in less than 30 minutes you have a delicious and healthy meal.