Avoid the Thanksgiving Food Coma

Thanksgiving Day, a time for football, family, and food! Many of us look forward to the endless supply of food. After eating all of it; you more than likely want to curl up on your side and not move until you have to go shopping the next day. Instead of being in a food coma, try these tips to help beat them this Thanksgiving.

Water, No Bubbles Please

Soda is carbonated and fills your stomach with air making you uncomfortable. Instead, stick to water, which will actually help to fill you up and slow down throughout the meal. Therefore, you won’t over consume and feel bloated halfway through your meal.

Veggies Please

It’s really easy to dive into the rich food sitting in front of you but opt for the healthier options first like cucumbers, white rice, and others. Avoid beans and broccoli to avoid the usual stomach aches and pains. By sitting near these foods, you are more likely to reach for them and not over indulge on the other delicious items.

Don’t Be Salty

Researchers say that on Thanksgiving, we consume close to 4,500 calories a day and adding salt to your meal is just going to make you feel more bloated.

Big Eyes, Small Plates

Not sure you can stop yourself from taking two or more of everything? Use smaller plates as it forces you to portion out smaller food and still feel full by the end of the meal.

Put the Fork Down

It takes 20 minutes for your brain to understand that your stomach is full and tell you to stop eating. Instead of approaching Thanksgiving meal like a Nathan’s hot dog eating contest, take it slow so you won’t feel uncomfortable by the end of the meal. Plus, you’ll have room for dessert!

Take a Walk

Walking helps to aid in the digestive process so grab the family and pets and take a leisurely stroll outside.

Pinkies Up

Tea helps to make it easier for food to pass through the stomach.



How do you beat the Thanksgiving Day food coma? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanksgiving Dos and Don’ts

Thanksgiving is the kickoff to the holiday season. It’s a time for family and fun. However, often times Thanksgiving can be paired with last minute stress and family feuds. Luckily, we’ve created a list of Do’s and Don’ts for this Thanksgiving.

DO: Arrive on time.

If an invite states 5pm dinner, you should be prepared to sit down and eat at 5pm. The worst is waiting for people to still arrive when the food is fresh out of the oven. Arriving late is can be inconsiderate to the host and other guests. If you anticipate being more than 10 minutes late, best to call or text your host if possible.

DON’T: Arrive early.

The host needs that extra half hour to finish getting the house ready, and trying to entertain a guest while setting the table, and testing the turkey really isn’t a good look.

DO: Be thankful.

It is THANKSgiving after all. If you’re a guest, bring a little something and be sure to thank the host for all the time slaving away in the kitchen. If you’re the host, accept gifts graciously, accept compliments on the meal (everyone is their worst critic, but guess what? Guests won’t notice unless you point it out!), and accept help cleaning up afterwards. It’s only fair; you did the majority of the cooking after all.

DON’T: Be rude.

It is important to be considerate.  If you’re counting calories, don’t announce it. It only stresses out the other guests, and you know full well what kind of food is served at a Thanksgiving dinner. If you have an allergy, ask beforehand what kind of food will be served. By the same token, if you don’t like something, don’t eat it. There’s no need to be pushing it around on your plate for all to see.

DO: Engage in conversation.

It may have been a while since the family got together, so it’s always nice to catch up. Some lighthearted dinner conversations could include; the food, movies, travels, and even family.

DON’T: Use Thanksgiving as a time to push your ideas.

The family dinner table is not a time to be discussing politics, scandals, or a child’s report card. Occasionally, these topics can lead to an uncomfortable atmosphere for all parties involved.

DO: Invite friends and new neighbors.

Being the new kid doesn’t get any easier the older you get, especially if you are moving into a neighborhood around the holidays. Amidst unpacking and figuring out directions to the nearest grocery store, the holidays can easily sneak up on us. Be kind, and extend an offer to the new neighbors down the street. In a similar manner, young adults may have family in another state and may not be able to go home for Thanksgiving. This is especially true if they are saving up for a flight home come winter break, so be sure to extend the offer to your young adult and single friends as well.

DON’T: Overbook Thanksgiving.

As a host, be resourceful about who you invite into your humble abode, while keeping in mind that you only have one turkey that feeds 10. Trying to rearrange seating and plates can be an added hassle that no one wants to deal with on Thanksgiving.

DO: Manage your time.

As a guest, visiting a couple families on Thanksgiving is not out of the ordinary. Although overwhelming, it is important to manage your time. Each family has individual traditions, and has worked tirelessly for a fantastic Thanksgiving meal. Therefore, it is important to mingle and stay awhile. After all, nobody likes a dine and dash.

DON’T: Overbook yourself.

It is easy to get caught up in all the running around from house to house. However, it is more important to enjoy yourself and your company rather than doing everything. Just thinking about it gets tiring.

DO: Get some shut eye.

It’s easy to get pulled in to all the excitement surrounding the holidays. However, trying to make a full Thanksgiving dinner AND deal with the in-laws can tire anyone out. It is important to get a fully rested 8 hours of sleep prior to the big day. One way, is to sleep on a Tanda mattress. Guaranteed to make you fall asleep fast, and stay asleep.



Sleeping with Makeup On

You get home, take a shower, slip into something comfy, eat some dinner, wind down, and head to bed. But wait…you still have makeup on! Many people go to bed with their makeup on, too exhausted from a long day at work or partying with some friends. Going to bed with makeup on once in a while some dermatologists say isn’t the worst but going to bed with a full face of makeup on can lead to both potential short and long-term issues.

Learn what committing this cardinal sin can do to your skin.


  • The most obvious of answers, sleeping with makeup on leads to acne. By wearing makeup to bed, your skin is not getting as much oxygen as it needs and all those irritants in contact with your skin longer than intended can cause many issues. Clogged pores and dead skin cells can lead to both mild and serious bouts of acne.


  • While makeup can make us feel and look more beautiful, sleeping with your makeup on can cause premature aging in the long run. Pollutants and other toxins get stuck in your makeup, breaking down collagen and other proteins responsible for skin rejuvenation and firmness.


  • This is especially true when sleeping with mascara on—it dries out the eyelashes, making them to brittle and prone to breaking. In addition, flecks of mascara can get into your eyes at night causing an inflammation that needs to be medically treated with symptoms including itchiness and redness.

So what kind of healthy habits can you partake in?

Wash off your makeup thoroughly and apply a light moisturizer to your face and neck. (Look for ones specifically engineered for face; they are lighter than regular moisturizers). They help to prevent your skin from drying out while you sleep. Replacing pillowcases weekly (at least) can reduce inflammation and dullness.

No matter how exhausted you are, getting those extra 2 minutes of sleep will lead to lifetime of issues. So get some makeup remover wipes and take it off before hitting the bed.

Sleep Habits of the Rich and Famous

The ideal sleep number is between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is beneficial in aiding the body when it comes to feeling recharged and refreshed as well as more alert to take on the day’s task. Getting the right amount of sleep can aid in a healthy heart as well as weight loss and a better outlook on life. However, everyone sleeps a little differently.  There are few people who can get by on less than 5 hours of sleep. These individuals make up only about 5% of the population. Here are some famous sleepers and their sleeping habits.



Thomas Edison  believed sleep to be a waste of time. With so many things to accomplish, he tried to sleep as little as possible. He used a polyphasic sleep cycle, which essentially means napping every couple of hours for no more than a total of 3 hours a day.




Arianna Huffington collapsed in 2007 from exhaustion. Since then she has turned her life around to garner more attention around a restful night’s sleep. This is why she has turned her bedroom into a “slumber palace”, complete with a canopied bed and blackout curtains. She turns off all electronics and leaves them outside the bedroom. Lastly, after a calming bath, she settles in for 8 hours of slumber.





Matthew McConaughy – McConaughy sleeps 8 hours a night. Anything less, he claims “I’m not near as good the next day if I get less.”





Jennifer Lawrence – Lawrence prefers an 8 hour sleep. She jokes, “Anything less than six and I have to cover the mirrors in my house.”







Amanda Seyfried – Seyfriend admits to needing 10 hours a night. She states “I get more sleep than the average human being.”






Albert Einstein- Einstein also needed 10 hours of sleep a night. To top it off, he even admitted to taking afternoon naps as well.




So unless, you’re the next Thomas Edison, it is safe to assume that you need that solid 8 hours of sleep. If celebrities do it, you can do it! Here are some tips for improving the quality of your sleep.

  • Lose the anxiety and work stress. Stress will only keep you awake longer. It is best to clear your mind in order to fall asleep fast.
  • Create a routine. Routinely going to sleep and waking up at the same time will program your body into getting sleepy at the same time each night and hopefully help you avoid hitting snooze in the morning.
  • Exercise each day. Daily exercise can add 45 minutes to your sleep pattern.
  • Make your bedroom your sleep haven. Keep all electronics and other light distractions off and in another room.
  • Invest in a good mattress. If you spend 1/3 of your day in bed, why not make it the best sleep? Cooling mattresses can help the body relax and know when it’s time for bed, helping you fall asleep faster and stay asleep.

Which of these sleep habits surprised you most?



The Perfect Sleep Formula

Making sleep a priority can be difficult.  However, in today’s society the benefit of sleep is becoming more and more prevalent. Sleep has many benefits and aids in health and mental cognition. So what is the ultimate formula for a good night’s sleep?


Noise is a big reason that individuals do not get enough of a restful slumber. Noise can make it difficult to fall asleep and even more difficult to stay asleep. One helpful fix is to invest in a sound machine. Sound machines provide soothing sounds and background noise while drowning out wakeful sounds. If you happen to be really sensitive, it wouldn’t hurt to look into ear plugs. Although, you may be able to fall asleep in a noisy room, continuous noises prevent you from entering deep sleep, which is necessary in order to feel fully rested.


Screens in the bedroom are a huge turn off. The bedroom is a sacred place for sleep and should be treated as such. It is easy to get caught up in scrolling through social media or watching a nail biting drama, however, cell phones, televisions, and computers all emit blue light which can actually make it more difficult to fall asleep. Even alarm clock digital displays can be detrimental to a good night’s sleep. The light as well as the constant anxiety of counting the minutes can make it more difficult to fall asleep. If you must have a light source, it is important for it to be dim. Most cell phones even have a night mode on it which shuts off the blue light emitted from these devices. Also, if a cell phone is necessary place it screen down because most screens light up when there is an incoming call or text. These light flashes can be distracting to a good night’s sleep. Blackout curtains are especially helpful in removing bright lights from the outside.


As you sleep, your natural body temperature will drop in preparation for sleep. The optimum sleep temperature according to Dr. Rosenberg (a board-certified sleep medicine physician and author of The Doctor’s Guide to Sleep Solutions for Stress & Anxiety) is between 65-72 degrees. A room that is too warm will actually make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. Additional ideas to achieve this optimal sleep temperature is to remove heavy blankets, turn on a far, or wear lightweight pajamas. The new Tanda mattress is the perfect addition to keeping you cool all night long with it’sbreakthrough ATROS cooling technology.


This foolproof formula will have you drifting off to sleep and staying asleep  so you are recharged and ready to go each day.

Sleeping With Pets

Sleeping with animals has been an age old debate. These furry friends provide comfort and warmth, while on the other hand they sometimes carry bacteria and can keep you awake at night. So rather than put this debate to rest, why don’t we look at both sides.

First, to counterbalance the idea that sleeping with pets is bad, in one study, 41% of participants reported sleeping better when their pet was in bed with them. This alone debunks the myth that pets can ruin a good night’s sleep. Then again, this is all dependent on the animal. Some are small and don’t take up much room and are just happy to be in your presence, while others toss and turn and are considered bed hogs.

One quick fix to the concern of pets carrying diseases is to include regular wellness exams, parasite control, vaccinations, and dental care. If you treat your pet like a child, then include the proper hygiene and care.

Unless you have bad allergies or asthma, there is no reason that your pet can’t sleep in bed with you. Even in this case, invest in a dehumidifier or inhaler, and consider keeping your furry friend out of the bedroom.

Overall, pets are very good bed companions for a number of reasons.

They’re comfortable

  • Animals are comforting and a member of the family.

They fight insomnia

  • Animals promote calm, stress relief, and a feeling of safety

Snuggling relieves stress and anxiety

  • Therapy dogs are proof that snuggles are great stress relievers, and can even lower heart rate.

They provide warmth

  • In the winter, who doesn’t love a personal heater?

They make you feel safe

  • Pets are like little guard animals that watch over the home. Sometimes having that extra set of eyes is just comforting.

It’s good for your pet, too

  • They receive comfort from you the same way you receive comfort from them!

Beat Jet Lag

Jet lag occurs when you have traveled through time zones causing fatigue, headaches, and sleep problems among others. Jet lag is the body’s natural response to the disruption of its circadian rhythms, which is involved in many psychological processes but most importantly, our sleep-wake cycles. Now while it is easier to travel west than east, the Sleep Health Foundation has put together some tips in beating jet lag. By the end of this post, you’ll be an expert and ready for all of your travels.

Adjusting to the Time Difference

  • Going to a different time zone can be hard on the body. While it might be 9 p.m. where you are it is already midnight at home and your bedtime was an hour ago. To help combat those feelings, you need to reset your body-clock closer to the new time. Traveling east to west, you need to delay your body clock, so wake up a couple of hours later and go to bed later. But if you are traveling west to east, you need to wake up earlier and go to bed earlier.

Short Trips—Stay on Home Time

  • If you are going to be away from home for less than 3 days, you should eat and sleep at the same time you do at home and try not to go outside when it is dark at home.

Be Prepared

  • Coming prepared to make your flight experience more comfortable will help to overcome jet lag. Bring earplugs, an eye mask, and a neck pillow. Stay hydrated during your flight and wear comfortable layers of clothes that are easy to remove and put back on if you get hot or cold.

Say No to Pills

  • While some people might swear by them, taking sleeping pills can render you immobile, increasing your chances of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Sleeping on a plane usually involves broken sleep so when you do wake up, get up, wiggle your ankles and toes, do the hokey pokey, and that’ll get your blood flowing.

Become a Local

  • This doesn’t mean knowing where everything is after 5 minutes or trying all the local food you can in 1 hour; it has to do with adjusting your body clock. Your arrival time is more important than your departure so do as the locals do. Eat when they do and go to sleep when they shut their eyes. An important factor in resetting your alarm clock is sunlight so if you are trying to stay awake, get outside as much as you can!

Take a Short Nap

  • We know that sleep experts say napping is bad for your sleep cycle (but those siestas do sound appealing), but napping is a useful tool if you are having a hard time staying awake until night time in your new destination. When you take your nap, set your alarm and don’t sleep for more than 2 hours; making sure you’re awake for at least 2 hours before you go to bed. So don’t take a nap at 8 p.m.

Do Some Exercise

  • We get it, you’re on vacation and want to indulge, and this is your time to not feel guilty about not hitting the gym. But it is proven that getting the blood pumping will help revitalize you on your arrival and reset your body clock.

How else do you beat jet lag? Let us know in the comments below!