The Morning After: Thanksgiving


It’s happened to everyone: that guilt that creeps in the morning after we do something “bad.” Let’s face it: this time of year, it’s usually to do with too many cookies, potatoes, pies, or just servings!

The simple fact is, letting yourself get wrapped up in the feelings of regret over falling off the wagon will get you nowhere. Might as well just accept your moment of indulgence and move on. Here are some suggestions about how to make it up to your body after a day of too much food!

Here’s a list of 7 tips from Holli Thompson to get things moving back in the right direction:

Bloated, full around the middle, sluggish, foggy brained, and downright stuffed?

1) Don’t starve yourself. Seriously reducing calories the day after a large feast will slow your metabolism, and that’s the day you need that metabolism to be working at full capacity.

2) Eat healthy whole foods, high quality proteins, and lots of vegetables to keep your system working all day and burning efficiently. (HHF adds FIBER FIBER and more FIBER to this– super important to keeping things working well in your digestive system!)

3) Avoid processed foods, especially those with gluten. Processed foods will add to the bloat today. Avoid bread, pasta, and cracker type foods, and go for salads, vegetables, grass fed meats or legumes and whole grains.

4) Avoid salt and salty foods; that might mean avoiding restaurants because most restaurants over-salt their food. This is a great day for a home cooked veggie stir-fry, or a pureed vegetable soup. (check out the recipes posted in this blog for some)

5) Drink lots of water to help flush the salt out of your system and to keep you satisfied. Many times when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. Fill your water bottles this morning, add some lemon and stevia for a light lemonade, and indulge in this all day. Flush, flush, flush.

6) Move your body today, go for a long walk or hike or bike ride.. Get some fresh air, and smile while you do. This will help to increase your metabolism too.

7) Don’t stress it- studies show that stress actually leads to weight gain. It’s a Holiday, and it’s all ok.

Besides, remember this post about the 80/20 rule? Treat this as the 20% and move on with your healthy, beautiful, radiant life.

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