How To Recover From A Thanksgiving Feast
Thanksgiving is finally in season! Our thanksgiving feast can be tempting to over stuff yourself with all the delicious holiday foods. To prevent you from feeling sluggish or guilty from your thanksgiving meal, aim to recover from overeating with balanced, positive habits. It can be very difficult to say no and restrict ourselves from all of our endless temptations. All the stuffings, pumpkin pie, vanilla ice cream. What happens when you give in? Restricting ourselves from indulgence is something most of us are constantly trying to battle. Rather than overcompensating with intense exercise and skipping meals, create a balance of a few lifestyle changes that won’t make you feel deprived or hungry.
Whether it’s been a few minutes since your big meal or it’s the day after Thanksgiving, the most important thing is to get your mind right. You enjoyed your favorite thanksgiving foods and that is okay. Don't feel guilty for enjoying a day of celebrations since it won't ruin your your diet or fitness goals. Go into the next few days with a positive mindset around food to prevent emotional eating and distorted eating patterns. Overthinking what you shouldn’t eat will only lead to a binge on what you’re depriving yourself of. Creating that balance and lifestyle change that won’t make you feel deprived or hungry is the best option. So what should you do after you have overindulged on your thanksgiving meal? I know when I have binged it’s because I was not letting myself have a certain food and felt deprived. But instead of feeling satisfied I ate too much and felt sick. Then a couple hours later our bodies start to feel hungry again. Which is strange because you’d think you’d feel full and nourished from all that excess food!
1. Stay hydrated
Surprisingly, staying hydrated can make a huge difference in the type of foods you choose. It is common for feelings of thirst to be confused with hunger. It’s common for the earliest signs and feelings of thirst to be confused with hunger. Therefore, if youre not hydrated adequetly you may mistake your thirst for hunger! So drink water throughout the day to make sure you're meeting your body's hydration needs Before reaching for food, because food does provide water when metabolized, drink water. Better yet, drink water throughout the day so that you can ensure that you are meeting your body’s water needs.
2. Eat balanced meals and snacks
A balanced meal or snack is one that contains all three macronutrients -carbs, fat, and protein provided by clean, whole foods. Some easy, tangible guidelines include:
- Make half of your plate vegetables.
- Keep your snacks simple and smaller than a meal (in terms of calories).
- Aim for majority plant-based or lean animal protein sources.
- Avoid cooking methods that require excess fat and sodium or that apply prolonged, high heat to veggies, like deep frying, cream-based casseroles, or boiling broccoli.
If this is not something that you normally do, start with going for a walk or light jog the afternoon of or morning after Thanksgiving. Exercise doesn’t have to be hardcore, 6 a.m. gym time to count. Exercise will help your body get back on track, and you will feel more energized.
It only takes a couple of hours to get hungry after a big meal.
What to do if you have already overstuffed yourself with some holiday turkey...
Interesting enough instead of your body using the extra calories from your heavy meal for later on, we start getting hungry within the next couple hours again. Unfortunately, most of our holiday foods that we have binged away on is loaded with empty calories ! So now your body is still lacking and starts getting hungry for protein, vitamins, and healthy minerals that it actually needs. Too much sugar can make you bloated just like how salt affects your body and causes feelings of dehydration. So you've overeaten so much thanksgiving food without doing anything good for your body.
Don't feel bad though, we all do it. One binge won’t ruin the rest of your healthy diet. But eating too much processed sugars in your everyday diet will. Self deprivation always leads to a binge because of the constant thoughts you tell yourself that you're not allowed to have this certain food. Buying or cooking up some healthy healthier alternatives for thanksgiving foods can help a lot. Staying hydrated will help as well. Follow your next meal with healthy, nutritious foods to keep you feeling satiated.
High fructose corn syrup which is hidden in many processed foods sends signals to your body to store it as fat!
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Consistancy and balance is key
If this is not something that you normally do, start with going for a walk or light jog the afternoon of or morning after Thanksgiving. Exercise doesn’t have to be intense or stressfulto count. Exercise will help your body get back on track, and you will feel more energized. The main takeaway is that, yes, you most likely consumed more than your body needed at your annual Thanksgiving dinner, but that also didn’t destroy your weight-loss or health-related goals. One day of Thanksgiving-style eating doesn’t make you unhealthy, just like one day of eating healthy doesn’t make you thin or lean. Hop back into a healthy and positive regime so that your body can recover from all of the thanksgiving turkey.