Get Rid of the Bloat after Thanksgiving Dinner

10 10 2017

There is nothing quite as frustrating as feeling bloated after eating and not knowing why. Thanksgiving is about celebrating family and friends and all the amazing things we are grateful for. We eat amazing traditional foods like turkey and cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie and whipped cream. But these delicious celebratory dinners can leave us feeling bloated and tired. Here are my top tips for decreasing the bloat and getting your energy back after thanksgiving so you can feel great for the new work week.

  1. Make a cup of fennel and ginger tea. Fennel and ginger both help with digestion and decreasing bloating. Take 1/2 tsp of dried fennel and chop 1 inch of fresh ginger root into thin slices. Steep the fennel and ginger together in 1-2 cups of boiling hot water for 10 minutes. Take a moment to sit down, relax and drink this digestive tea.
  2. Sitting down and relaxing is another important piece of advice for good digestion. After a busy weekend and preparing for the week ahead takes our bodies out of “rest and digest” mode. Sitting down and taking a few minutes to relax will allow our digestive tracts to start moving and digesting. Spend 20 minutes drinking your tea and reading or listening to calming music for the best benefits.
  3. Massage your abdomen using large clockwise circular motions. This will help your large intestine to start moving so proper elimination can occur. This tip is particularly important if you have a tendency to constipation and/or if you haven’t gone to the bathroom since your big thanksgiving dinner.
  4. Go for a walk. Moving gently can help trapped gas move through the digestive tract and be released. Plus, its a great way to enjoy the fall sweater weather!! We have such amazing fall weather and its important to be grateful for it while it lasts.
  5. Try a modified fast for 1 day. Drink only vegetable juices or homemade turkey broth for 1 day to reset your body and boost your metabolism. Varying your dietary intake by eating a lot one day and eating significantly less the next day helps to keep your metabolism flexible and able to burn off the large family dinners more easily. Its ok to celebrate and indulge but our digestive systems like to take a bit of a rest too. Try this Juice recipe:

Vegetable Juice for Fasting

Juice together and drink:

  • 5 stalks of celery
  • 1/2 fennel bulb
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger