Oh boy, it’s that time of year again – Turkey Day. We’re eager to celebrate with our favorite people and, oh yeah, feast on redonkulous amounts of fantastic food.
And let’s be clear, no one around here will dissuade you from indulging. Period. We love mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and pie like any normal, breathing human being. Afterall, what fun is having a healthy gut if you can’t enjoy some of your favorite holiday foods.
But wouldn’t it be refreshing this year to maintain a modicum of balance amid the feast day chaos? Keep reading because we’ve rounded up some tips that can really make a difference in how you feel post feast.
We know, we know; it’s much easier said than done, especially this time of year. First, be realistic about your plans and scheduled activities. Start with your highest priorities, and don’t feel guilty if you must eliminate less critical activities. Remember to put self-care on your list. Maybe you can’t swing a full hour of yoga, but what about a few minutes of intentional breathing or a refreshing walk outdoors? You can also partner certain stress busters with holiday chores. For instance, put in your earbuds and listen to a podcast, audiobook or music while you’re cranking out those holiday pies or cleaning in preparation for guests.
Keep Up Routines
Sometimes it’s hard to keep business as usual, especially if you’re going over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving. However, try to keep up with those healthy habits that make you feel good. If you’re accustomed to working out and taking supplements daily, keep on, keeping on. Your body and mind will be getting plenty of stimuli, so they’ll appreciate a little bit of normality.
We see you with your giant water bottle at your work desk. Good on ya! But please don’t break up with it for Turkey Day. Between that a.m. mimosa and the mealtime wine, drinking water is probably the last thing on your mind, but don’t ditch your healthy habit. Drinking water is essential to keeping your digestive system well-lubricated and moving, helping to avoid constipation from dehydration and stress. Adequate hydration can help calm the digestive fallout from overeating or drinking too much.
Enjoy. Every. Single. Bite.
Diet police have no place at the Thanksgiving table. So, enjoy all the things. Don’t limit yourself but be mindful. Delight in that first plunge into your perfectly crafted mashed potato gravy well. Feel how creamy your aunt’s pumpkin cheesecake feels in your mouth. Chew each bite well instead of quickly gobbling. Between bites, engage in the holiday banter and soak it all in. Your dinner took hours to prepare; don’t you think it deserves some thoughtful, unhurried respect?
Healthy soups and broths are an easy way to get in nutrients pre-pie. What’s more, bone broth will help soothe your tummy post-feast. It’s full of proteins like l-glutamine that help maintain the integrity of the gut lining while also decreasing inflammation and providing an excellent source of electrolytes.
Support Your Hardworking Gut
Zenwise® offers a complete line of digestive health support formulas that can help before and after the feast. We suggest No Bloat and Digestive Enzymes, which feature enzymes that can help break down food so it’s more easily absorbed into your body. Importantly, they can address that “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” feeling that occurs when you’re consuming foods you don’t usually eat and eating larger portions.
Cheers to great times with those that matter to us most and tasty treats!
We hope these recommendations will give your digestive tract the advantage it needs to support even your most indulgent food choices and see you through without fall out.
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