We are officially in holiday mode, which means lots of long festive lunches, dinners and parties. First up for many of us: Thanksgiving Day feast. You probably can’t resist the aromas and flavors of a great Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving is a wonderful gathering of family and friends to celebrate everything we have to be grateful for this year. The health of our bodies is another thing to be grateful for. So this year, banish the bloat and celebrate fully by following these guidelines that include how to prepare for a big feast and what to do if (oops) you eat too much.
1. Take a fitness or yoga class. Seriously. Many people maintain their weight when they start practicing yoga simply because they begin to increase general awareness. Mindful eating becomes and extension of all mindful thoughts and actions. If you can't make a class, do some form of exercise that inspires you. Sweat.
2. Consume digestive enzymes with your meal, which help to break down and digest a lot of food at once.
3. Before your meal, eat a light snack so that you aren't ravenous. You will eat less.
1. Try a lymphatic drainage massage at Sutherland-Chan Centre. Great for clearing any accumulated fluid.
2. Head outdoors to hit the hiking trails and kick start your metabolism the morning after a big meal. Check out the Morning Trail.
3. If you feel especially full, try a day or two of juicing only. Cafe O has a juice called the "Energizer". Request that they add ginger and lemon to this which curbs appetite and aids in digestion. Or make it yourself. Check out this juice recipe by Nealy.
4. Finally, give yourself a break. If you haven't managed to do any of the above, chances are you've happily survived.
Commit to taking little steps towards big health changes starting today.