Happy Friday! Happy Shopping (if that’s your thing)! Happy Day After Thanksgiving!
I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. Being the day after Thanksgiving I wanted to discuss a couple important things to get you feeling your best if you are feeling a little…well… stuffed.
If you overindulged yesterday and feel kind of bloated and puffy today, let’s get you feeling great and start to quiet those cravings. How do we do that?
- Lots of water! Try to drink half of your body weight in ounces today. I know that sounds like a lot but it’ll re-energize you and start to flush out all of that puffiness. Be gone, puff!
- If you have it around, add some lemon to your water! It’ll give your detoxification pathways extra support. You could also add a splash of apple cider vinegar to your water. Might not taste great, but it helps your stomach acids. Strong stomach acids are vital for digestion, and strong digestion means a tummy free of bloating.
- Support your digestive system. If you are feeling bloated, you no doubt will want to add in some good bacteria today. That good bacteria will help you digest the food from yesterday and get you back to feeling great. I consider myself a probiotic pusher. If you have a probiotic at home, take it. Actually, take 2 or 3! If you don’t, my favorite brands that you can find in a food coop or somewhere like Whole Foods or a natural grocer would be: Udo’s, Garden of Life Dr. Formulated, or Theralac. If you don’t want to go out, you can get them on Amazon. Here’s my affiliate store if you want to see what they look like: Katie’s Favorite Things. Another way to get some good bacteria in would be through fermented foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso paste, or an organic plain yogurt.
- Move! When we move our bodies, we pump our circulatory and lymphatic system. What does that mean? It means it helps get our juices flowing and gets rid of the inflammation. Take a walk, do some light squats, walk up and down the stairs. You will feel much better if you do!
- Get back to real food! Lunch could be an anti-inflammatory salad with a big base of salad greens, other veggies like peppers, mushrooms, carrots, and cucumbers. Add some craving curbing protein like chicken, and blood sugar balancing fats like avocado, olive oil, olives, or seeds. If you don’t have that in your house, places like Whole Foods or local grocery stores will have salad selections for you. Dinner could be some salmon and asparagus, or maybe you have leftover sweet potato? Pair that with some leftover turkey and some green beans! Of course, add some butter.
Remove the guilt! Your worth is not dependent on your food choices.
You aren’t “bad” if you had pie or too much food. In fact, I had pie! I had a small piece and it was very good. It was Thanksgiving and I had every intention of having a piece of pie. Lucky for me it was one my mother-in-law made and it was homemade. I don’t choose to have pie every other day, but on Thanksgiving I do.
However, I also say that with caution. If you know you aren’t at a place with your sugar cravings where you can have a piece of pie and be done with it, then proceed with caution. If you know one piece of pie means all the pieces of pie, then it’s best not to even start.
Just consider that going through the rest of the holiday season. For some all it takes is a little bit of sugar to light up the brain with sugar cravings. If today you find yourself craving and thinking about all that sugar, apply my previous tips and get back to balance quickly!
Don’t let your cravings drag on through the rest of the season! You can do this! If you really need help kicking your cravings and getting on a nutrition plan designed specifically for you, remember that’s what I do!
Contact me to set-up your nutrition consultation today. Or, maybe wait until tomorrow when I probably have a Small Business Saturday deal to announce 😉
Happy Healthy Holidays! I am thankful for YOU!
Katie Paige Vigesaa, RD