Stuffing, pies, gravy, green bean casseroles – and maybe some wine with that? It's pretty easy to indulge (a little too much) on Thanksgiving – you get caught up in the feast and festive celebration and next thing you know your pants seem to be playing a cruel shrinking trick. Next comes the bloating and digestive discomfort... But there is another way to approach the holiday. With a couple of simple tips and some planning, you can have your pie and feel good, too. Here’s how to avoid a Turkey hangover:
- Eat breakfast – You might be tempted to skip breakfast to save room for the holiday meal. But starting the day off with a wholesome breakfast gives your metabolism a jumpstart and can help to reduce hunger so that you’re less likely to gorge yourself on mashed potatoes. Too busy to sit down for an omelet? Whip up a protein smoothie or grab an Orgain nutritional shake for complete (and convenient) nourishment.
- Hydrate throughout the day – There are endless benefits to drinking plenty of water, but around the holidays, good old H20 is key for 3 main reasons – promoting healthy digestion, preventing fatigue, and quite simply, because drinking water helps you feel full and consume less calories.
- Make a plan – Choose indulgences wisely and stick to your guns! Can’t resist your grandmother's famous stuffing? Plan on having a healthy serving and filling up the rest of your plate with veggies and lean protein. Eat what makes you feel good and don’t let guilt ruin a day of celebration with family and friends.
- Finish strong – Take an after dinner stroll, play a game of game of touch football or break out the Wii –anything to get you up and moving! If yours is a football family, get active while you watch the big game – 5 jumping jacks every time the opposing team scores a touchdown. Make it fun!
- Meditate –Think about any healthy goals that you’ve achieved and the goals that you hope to reach in the next year. Then take a quiet moment to reflect on what you’re truly grateful for this Thanksgiving, and beyond. Research shows that gratitude can improve both mental and physical health.