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!

8 Foods to Aid in Sleep

Ever get those late night cravings but have a hard time falling asleep afterwards? Try one of these 8 foods instead:

  1. Almonds
    • Almonds are a magnesium rich food that increases the quality of sleep and act as a muscle relaxer.
  2. Lettuce
    • Lettuce contains lactucarium, which has sedative properties.
  3. Tuna
    • Tuna is high in B6, which the body uses to make melatonin and serotonin. It also aids in regulating the body clock.
  4. White Rice
    • White rice is high on the glycemic index, quickly raising blood pressure, making it easier to fall asleep.
  5. Honey
    • Honey is a natural sugar that slightly raises insulin, allowing tryptophan, an amino acid that is a precursor to melatonin, to enter the brain.
  6. Hummus
    • Chickpeas are rich in tryptophan as well as folate and B6. Folate helps regulate sleep patterns, while B6 regulates the body clock.
  7. Cheese
    • Cheese is high in fat so use sparingly. However, cheese also contains calcium that helps the brain use the tryptophan found in dairy to produce melatonin.
  8. Bananas
    • Bananas are perhaps the most nutrient dense before bed snack. They contain tryptophan, magnesium, and potassium.

 

Bon appétit & sleep tight!