Beat the Bloat and Have a Satisfying Thanksgiving

It’s the best holiday of the year! Yes, we love Thanksgiving – no gifts to worry about, just endless food, family, and friends to be thankful for. But with so much to celebrate, it’s also easy to overdo it and end up feeling like a stuffed turkey. So, how do you avoid the bloating, indigestion, and sluggishness that comes hand in hand with the happiest food holiday on the calendar? Here are a few tips from our experts at the spa.

Don’t skip breakfast

Too many people get excited about all the wonderful food they can indulge in so they won’t eat anything at all until the main meal. Don’t let this be you! Have a healthy breakfast to keep you on track and enjoy small portions instead of filling your plate to the brim.

Get some morning exercise

This can be tough if you’re the cook, but a session at the gym or even a brisk walk will give your brain a little reminder that you want to stay fit and fab. Another walk after the main meal is a good idea too – it will aid in digestion and help you to feel more refreshed and energized.

Eat the rainbow

Make sure you have lots of color on your plate. We all love turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes and since it’s a special occasion you should be able to enjoy those treats. However, try to keep those foods to half a plate and fill the other half with leafy greens, beans, fruit and other vegetables. If your plate is all whites and browns, you’ll have to rethink the palette.

Help yourself digest

Drink lots of water before, during, and after your meal and enjoy a hot tea made with ginger or peppermint to give your belly a digestive boost. Here’s an extra tip – ginger or mint can also help to relieve heartburn, bloating, and (ahem) flatulence.

Don’t get locked into leftovers

Try to get back to your normal eating and exercise routine as soon as possible. If you are the host, send leftovers home with family members. If you’re a guest, accept a small doggy bag but don’t be tempted to take a week’s worth of food with you.

Refocus

Don’t let Black Friday be your excuse to sit around online shopping and watching movies. Get out to the stores, or better yet, skip the shopping and do something just for you. Enjoy a walk in the park or come to the spa for an aromatherapy massage with mint or orange oil. After all, Thanksgiving marks the countdown to the holiday season, so do yourself a favor and take some “me time” while you can.

Do you have some favorite holiday tips and tricks to avoid overeating? We’d love to hear from you! Share your ideas with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving Day but open regular hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We hope to see you then, have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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