Stay Comfortable This Thanksgiving

Nothing warms the soul this time of year like the smell of a Thanksgiving feast! But after stuffing and pumpkin pie, that warm fuzzy feeling is soon replaced by the proverbial food coma. You know, when you eat and drink so much that the only activity you can muster is to fluff yourself a spot on the couch and nod off? Read on for a few tips to keep in mind this Holiday season that may prevent you from wishing you were wearing elastic band pants.

Keeping Perspective

I think it's safe to say most people indulge in foods on Thanksgiving that may not necessarily be part of a healthy lifestyle, and it's easy to feel guilty for making unhealthy choices. Just remember, health is all about balance. It's okay to bend the rules on a day like Thanksgiving...as long as you don't eat foods you're sensitive or allergic to that could result in unpleasant symptoms. Don't beat yourself up for getting off track at one meal, but remember that it is important to make a plan to get back on track so this exception doesn't develop into a pattern. 

Liquids Slow Digestion

It's so important to stay hydrated for optimal health, but too much liquid during a meal can actually slow digestion. With a meal that's larger than usual, such as at Thanksgiving, we need as much digestive capacity as possible. Keeping liquids to 4 to 6 ounces during the meal can be a helpful way to support digestion. Resume increased liquid intake about an hour to an hour and a half after the meal to stay hydrated.

Sticking to room temperature or warm liquids can also be helpful for digestive support. Iced and cold liquids cool the bile in the gallbladder, making it more difficult to excrete. Bile emulsifies fats, which aids in fat digestion. To avoid sluggish bile and diminished fat digestion, drinking warm or room temperature liquids can be helpful. 

Foods for Digestive Support

There are certain foods that can support digestion of a larger meal. These foods include beets, pickles, pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, ginger (pickled, cooked, raw, or in a tea), and peppermint tea. 

Digestive Enzymes, and Probiotics

Digestive enzymes are a great way to improve digestive capacity with a larger meal, or when digestion is hindered for any reason (when drinking alcohol with a meal for example). The digestive enzyme my husband and I use is from Designs for Health and is called Digestzymes. It contains enzymes to digest carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It also contains specific enzymes that break down gluten and dairy proteins, which can be very helpful for people that are sensitive to these foods. This enzyme is available in my online dispensary, which you can find a link to just right of this paragraph.

Taking a probiotic can support the gastrointestinal system in processing a larger meal, and can mitigate some of the inflammation and negative impact from over-eating. 

Looking for a digestive enzyme or probiotic?

I like Digestzymes by Designs for Health, and Ortho Biotic by Ortho Molecular Products. You can purchase them right in my online dispensary. Register for an account and then search for Digestzymes or Ortho Biotic to order.

*Please consult your healthcare provider before adding new supplements or making any lifestyle/dietary changes.

The high quality probiotic I like is from Ortho Molecular Products and is called Ortho Biotic, which can also be found in my dispensary. When the digestive system is especially challenged, it can be helpful to increase the typical dose of probiotics for additional support. 

Looking for a digestive enzyme or probiotic?

I like Digestzymes by Designs for Health, and Ortho Biotic by Ortho Molecular Products. You can purchase it right in my online dispensary. Register for an account and then search for Digestzymes or Ortho Biotic to order.

*Please consult your healthcare provider before adding new supplements or making any lifestyle/dietary changes.

Feeling Thankful

I want to express my sincere gratitude to this amazing community for reading my blog, watching my videos, and showing support in the changes this year has brought. I'm grateful for all of you, and hope that in addition to the turkey and pie at your Thanksgiving tables, there's an abundance of joy and laughter. Cheers to a healthy, and happy holiday season! 



The information presented on this website is for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please contact your healthcare provider before making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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