While we tend to go into Thanksgiving with the best of intentions, most of us succumb to temptation and overindulge. But once the damage of feasting is done, there’s no need to spiral into an abyss of excess. Take a step back and try some of these tips for feeling better and getting back on track.
Take a walk. It’s always a good idea, and doubly so after Thanksgiving dinner. One study showed that those who walked after a high-fat meal reduced their triglyceride (the fat your body stores for future energy) concentration by 70% compared to non-walkers.
Fight bloat with yoga. Cobra, child’s pose, and knee-to-nose pose are three powerful poses for easing digestive and intestinal discomfort. Check out this quick video at health.com for natural, gentle relief from bloating.
Trim your next meal(s). You may have a fridge full of leftovers, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat them all in one sitting. Try lightening up your after-Thanksgiving meals – fill your plate with healthier veggie dishes, top a salad with chopped turkey breast, or simply enjoy a replay of the big event in small portions. Also, keep in mind that many Thanksgiving leftovers will freeze well, to be enjoyed as a treat once the season is over.
Keep an exercise schedule. Let’s face it – Thanksgiving is the official kickoff of a streak of indulgence that will last through the New Year. While you may not always have control over what your host is serving, it is in your power to schedule physical activity throughout the holidays. Maintaining a regular exercise regimen through the season will assure that you not only feel better and have more energy, but also make it to January 1 with minimal damage on the scale.
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