3 Things to Remember Before You Indulge in Thanksgiving Dinner

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It could just be the biggest, most indulgent meal of the year, and every morsel can be worth it!

But for some, indulging in Thanksgiving dinner can make your tummy feel crummy and your mind feel unkind.  Bloating and indigestion mixed with feelings of guilt can arise from this often carb-loaded, salty, and sugary meal.

And that’s not very fun.

This year, Dr. Graves is sharing his top three tips and one insightful opinion on if and how to go about enjoying this rich feast.

Tip 1: Eat healthy in-between.

Plan for lighter, nutrient rich meals before and after Thanksgiving when possible.

To support the digestive system and immunity during this festive time, incorporate such options as:

  • fiber-rich fruits and vegetables at every meal
  • nutritionally-dense bone-broth soups
  • probiotic abundant yogurt, kefir, kombucha, kimchi, miso, and sauerkraut
  • omega 3-filled protein such as fish and nuts
  • anti-inflammatory drinks such as matcha tea and golden milk

Tip 2: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Yes, we know that you know it’s important to hydrate but during the holidays, it can be even more essential.  Flushing out toxins is vital for the digestive system, so increase fluid intake as needed.

Some ways to do this are:

  • drink a full glass of water upon waking
  • fill a water bottle with 25% juice and 75% water to drink on the way to work, school, etc.
  • drink another full glass of water before leaving the house
  • enjoy warm tea in the afternoon and/or evening
  • consume water-rich fruits and vegetables (like melons, oranges, cucumbers, and celery)
  • make low-sodium soups

Tip 3: Plan movement.

Make a plan of when and how movement will be enjoyed throughout the holiday; talk with friends and family to ask if they would like to join in!

Some ways to get moving this time of year are:

  • holiday 5k and 10k runs
  • family walks
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • skiing
  • snowshoeing
  • swimming in an indoor pool
  • tennis, pickle ball, and/or racquetball at indoor courts
  • family yoga
  • biking

Exercise before and/or after the big meal can help keep things moving for proper digestion!

Dr. G’s Opinion: It’s okay not to restrict, take a moment to enjoy.

Rather than worry about what to and what not to eat on a holiday, be in the moment and enjoy the experience – including the food.  Opt for mindful choices before and after and it may just become your favorite indulgence of the year!

For naturopathic medicine at the holidays, please visit our office, call us at (303) 688-6698, or click here to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Graves.

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