Nutrition: Holiday “Hangover” CuresSqueezeItIn.com Girls
Did you and the turkey (and stuffing, and gravy, and pie) tie one on this holiday? SqueezeItIn.com featured guest bloggers Jen & Jaclyn of fit·n·pretty offer up their best holiday “hangover” cures in five easy steps:
From Jen & Jaclyn:
Confession: We have the (not so healthy) tendency of turning Thanksgiving into our own personal girl vs. food eating contest. So, if like us, on Thanksgiving you downed a bit too much stuffing and not enough veggies, you may have woken up feeling more stuffed than the turkey. And while holiday eating may leave you with a guilty conscience, don’t let it derail your normally healthy eating habits! Read on for our most tried and true fit·n·pretty tips for recovering from a food filled day.
- Always go with H2O! More than likely, after eating an overly indulgent meal you will feel a little bloated. Drinking water helps to banish the bloat plus it will flush out some of the excess water that you are carrying around. Also, make sure to avoid high salt or processed foods. These items contain a high amount of sodium, which can worsen that puffed up feeling.
- Don’t beat yourself up! So you ate one too many pieces of pie or a few too many servings of mashed potatoes. Cut your losses and get back on the healthy eating train today. The most important thing is that you don’t let one day of overly indulgent food choices turn into a week, or worse, a month long food fest.
- Make your next meal a healthy one! For the next few days, make your meals veggie centric and focus on getting in lean proteins and whole grains. Our favorite Thanksgiving “recovery meal” is a big mixed greed salad with lemon vinaigrette dressing, 3 oz of white meat turkey and a small piece of whole wheat bread.
- Banish the leftovers! Chances are, if you have fridge full of pie, at some point you will fill yourself with pie. Dole out the leftovers to family member or toss them in the trash. It may seem wasteful, but lets face it, that whole pie is far better off in the trash than in your stomach.
- Get moving! Even if the last thing you feel like doing is donning your sneakers and pounding the pavement, a long run, walk or bike is the best thing you can do to burn off some of those excess calories. Plus, it will remind you of why you normally eat healthy and how much more energy you have when you eat in moderation.
Please note: The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for the advice or treatment given by your doctor or dietitian. Please consult with a registered dietitian or your doctor if you have any questions about the information in this post.
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