Here are some turkey tummy tips for you to consider. All around the U.S., people are kicking off the holiday season by celebrating Thanksgiving. This means facing some of your biggest food and beverage temptations and stressful travel situations followed by post-celebration bloating weight gain, fatigue, and other symptoms of over-indulgence like inflammation and pain. Sometimes you end up just feeling sick and miserable.
And even if you’re not in the U.S. celebrating along with us, the holiday season is still happening in your part of the world too. Social gatherings, travel, temptations, and celebrations are abundant, and they can leave you feeling less like yourself going into the new year.
But I’ve got you covered!
Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or some other holiday this season, I have 4 survival tips to help you…
- Avoid overeating and bloating while improving digestion!
- Maintain your weight and possibly even lose some! (wouldn’t that be nice?)
- Have a ton of energy and protect yourself from catching a cold!
The best part about these tips is that you can do them anywhere and they don’t require much time, effort or money!
Before I dive into the tips though, I want to emphasize that your health success this holiday season will require your presence.
The key to having your ideal health and weight is honoring your body’s needs.
And to know what it needs, you need to be present to be tuned in to your body. You might be wondering, “what does that mean or how do I do that?”
It’s fairly simple, all you have to do is slow down a bit, and tune into what your body is asking you for. And some of these tips are designed to help you do exactly that.
Ok, let’s get into these 5 Turkey Day Survival Tips so you can start putting them into action…
#1 – Front-load your water intake.
Feeling hungry and needing to snack throughout the day can be a sign of dehydration. Eating carb-rich foods, drinking alcohol, and traveling during the holidays can majorly mess with your hydration levels so aim to front-load your day with massive amounts of water and a pinch of sea salt for electrolytes to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated will help you cut cravings, avoid overeating and fluctuations on the scale.
#2 – Get into rest and digest mode.
For your body to properly digest food, it needs to be in the “rest and digest mode”, and not in the typical fight or flight (aka stressed) state that you might tend to be in during the holidays from rushing around trying to get things done or dealing with less than ideal family situations. But don’t fret, you can instantly put your body into rest and digest mode to banish or prevent bloating using deep breathing techniques and by thoroughly chewing your food. Do the 4-7-8 breath (inhale 4 seconds, hold 7 seconds and exhale 8 seconds) 5-10 times before each meal, and chew each bite 20 times to allow your body to properly digest food. This will also help you recognize when you are full so you don’t overeat.
#3 – Drink more tea.
High-quality organic green, herbal, and even black teas are packed with a variety of nutrients to reduce inflammation, balance hormones, and keep your gut healthy. Peppermint and ginger teas are perfect post-meal to promote digestion, reduce bloating and ease stomach upset. Green tea varietals are a great coffee alternative, and cinnamon-containing teas make for a great sweet treat, and both help to curb cravings by balancing your blood sugar! Pique Tea is a favorite tea brand because of its quality and that it’s easy to mix in cold or hot water powders (great for traveling!).
#4 – Walk, don’t run.
During the holidays, you probably think you need to exercise more to “work off” what you eat and drink. BUT when your body is already depleted from eating inflammatory foods, traveling, and staying up late, intense exercise will deplete you even more – making your workout more harmful than good resulting in weight gain, fatigue, and feeling run down. It’s still important to move your body during these times, so opt for more restorative exercises such as walking, yoga, and pilates.
#5 Enjoy Gratitude.
Aside from being present to implement these other 4 survival tips, don’t forget to also be present with your family and friends and embrace gratitude so you can truly enjoy the holidays. It’s also a time for Peace. You can read my Thanksgiving P E A C E F U L blogs by clicking on each letter to get some perspectives on being thankful.
Joy, laughter, and happiness all promote better hormone balance and digestion, which are necessary elements for more energy and weight loss.
Happy holidays to you and your loved ones :
I am a Master’s prepared RN, National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Board-Certified Functional Wellness Coach, and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. I help people fix their chronic inflammation & pain with in-home lab testing, client assessments, personalized natural healing protocols, and online coaching to help them move from pain to peace so that they feel better, move better, and live better.