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Thanksgiving // Tips for Better Digestion

Thanksgiving // Tips for Better Digestion

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with that brings gatherings with copious amounts of indulgent foods, and a few too many drinks. Luckily, there are a few simple tricks you can use to stop that food coma in its tracks. 

Stay Hydrated

I personally drink one litre of water first thing in the morning before I do anything else, which leaves me feeling energized and ready to start my day on the right foot. As the day progressed, I aim to have half a litre 30 minutes before meals. This helps stimulate digestion without interfering with the digestive juices that help break down your meals.

Have a Filling Breakfast

By incorporating a nutrient dense breakfast, you will help fight off cravings and nourish your body. My go to breakfast are warm oatmeal with nut butter, green smoothies, and avocado toast. 

Take Triphala

This amazing digestion tonic is a combination of three fruits; Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki. Know for its gentle cleansing properties, this Ayurvedic potion is also a powerful antioxidant. Mix half of a teaspoon into your tea (after it’s cooled down), smoothie, or even your oatmeal to help aid in digestion. As with all tonic herbs, this should be a daily ritual, rather than something you do only on thanksgiving. 

A Drink for a Drink

Of course, drinking water all night would be the healthiest option, but if you’re looking to have a little alcohol this thanksgiving, make sure to follow every glass of alcohol with one glass of water. This trick makes sure you’re hydrated, and will also stop you from getting too tipsy in front of all of your extended family. 

Exercise 

Whether this means going for a walk after dinner or hopping on your bike, moving your body will help speed up your digestion. It doesn’t have to be crazy intense, just find something you love to do. 

Start with Vegetables

My mom taught me this growing up, and I am so thankful for that now. When you start with you vegetables, not only are you ensuring you’ll get in your nutrients, but you are also filling up your stomach with fibre rich foods, which will help with satiety and stop you from ravenously eating the potatoes and stuffing all night long. 

I hope that you’re thanksgiving is filled with good food, friends, and family. While these tips are here to help you feel your best, it is also important to allow yourself to relax a little, and eat that pumpkin pie if it’s what you're really craving. Life is all about balance after all. 

Stay Nourished,

Amy @AmyBunnage

 

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