Hey friends! It’s the day after Thanksgiving! I hope the holiday was filled with tons of good food and lots of new memories with your families!
Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when all bets are off for everyone and we all just pig out. Diets are tucked away for the day and the scales are on vacation. Why even waste time counting calories when you could be spending time with loved ones?
The past few years, my boyfriend and I have split our Thanksgiving between three different houses. That means thrice the dinners, thrice the desserts, and not to mention the drinks! You can imagine the massive food baby that develops from bloating after all of that food. Every day-after-thanksgiving I try things to beat the bloat and detox my body. Here are a few ideas I thought I’d share so we can beat the bloat together!
One of the most important things to remember is to hydrate! You probably helped yourself to a ton of food yesterday, but not a ton of liquids. Or if you’re anything like us, those liquids were just beer.
It’s very important to consistently drink water throughout the day as well as ingest liquids through your meals such as soups. It is essential to replace the fluids in your body that have been absorbed by all of that stuffing from yesterday.
Instead of coffee, try starting your day with some warm lemon water. Lemon water is everyone’s introduction to Pinterest detoxes, but that’s because it actually helps! Lemon is good for digestion and will help flush out that second helping of sweet potatoes. You may also want to pair it with a bowl of oatmeal, soon after you wake up, to jumpstart your metabolism. The oats, paired with your favorite toppings, will fill you up and give you energy in case you do decide to eat a little less today.
Emphasis on the light. I know working out is not on most people’s agenda today. You’re still enjoying having family around and getting those Black Friday deals. So when I say exercise, I mean walking. Going on a short walk can speed the digestive system up which means the bloat will subside quicker. Black friday shopping might even be your idea of cardio. You can also try stretching. I didn’t see that it made a difference in the bloat department, but it did make the rest of my body feel less sluggish! But remember, if you are going to do more than light exercise, STAY HYDRATED.
Watch What You Eat
It is vital that you remember to eat today! A lot of people think that skipping meals the day after Thanksgiving is a good idea since one may have eaten too much at the feast, but it’s not. Even if you did overdo it, that food will have cycled through in a 24 hour period so you still need to eat and get your necessary nutrients for the day.
After all of the food from yesterday, you’re probably monitoring what you eat today already, but in most cases you’re watching the quantity and not the ingredients.
What to avoid?
You’ll want to stay away from dairy as it’s known to cause bloating. Skip that bowl of cereal or those cheese eggs, just for today. Fruit may seem like a light alternative to the mounds of leftover mashed potatoes, but the sugars found in fruits such as apples, pears, and peaches aren’t tolerable to everyone. This can result in gas and that same pudge we’re trying to get rid of. You should also aim to stay away from foods that are high in sodium. The salt in these foods cause water retention which leads to… well you know.
What should I have?
I’m a believer that tea fixes everything. Whatever problem you have, there’s a tea for that. Well bloating is no exception. If you’re feeling more puffy than usual, try sipping on some peppermint, chamomile, or ginger tea. All three work to soothe the muscles in your digestive system which dissipates gas. Cucumbers are a great way to relieve bloating. They contain an antioxidant that reduces swelling and you can even put them in your water for a refreshing way to stay hydrated! Probiotics are also important to regulate your digestion. Probiotics are the good bacteria necessary to keep your digestive health on its A game. They can be found in supplements or in special yogurt with probiotics added.
Well there you have it, some ideas on how to beat that post Thanksgiving bloat! These are the things that have repeatedly worked for me as I’ve tried them over the years. I still like to look cute the day after thanksgiving and I know I’m not the only one. I hope you try some of these ideas out today (or any time you’re bloated) and let me know how it goes!
I love Thanksgiving. I have so much that I am thankful for, including YOU reading this right now! I hope you all had a great holiday and I’ll talk to you in my next post.