The holiday season means joy, socially-distant family time, and more food than can fit on the table! This can also include the uncomfortable feeling of being bloated and maybe even constipation. But enjoying the holidays doesn’t always have to end up this way. We have crafted a few tips and tricks to make sure you still feel great even after the holidays.
Don’t get Bloated on All-Year Round Foods
We’ve all been there, completely overwhelmed by all the delicious home-made plates that we only get to have once a year. Some dishes are too good to pass on. But things like turkey, pumpkin pie, bread rolls, and cranberry sauce can be purchased all year long. So, there’s no need to break your diet or overindulge on these items.
Also, try a lighter hand on the starchy foods like potatoes and white breads or try avoiding them altogether to avoid that bloated feeling.
Move Your Body to Help Digestion
Make sure to move! Stuffing yourself and being a couch potato isn’t helpful for your digestion. We suggest taking a walk or doing some form of activity to get your body moving. This can be something as simple as the post-dinner clean up.
You don’t have to do heavy cardio if your body isn’t used to it. A simple walk around the block can help digestion and prevent the bloated feeling.
Water to Prevent Constipation
“The intestines require enough liquid to move waste through.”
Staying hydrated is always important but here’s why water can help you during the holidays. Water is great at preventing constipation because it helps keep the stool soft so it’s easier to pass along. [sorry if this was TMI but hey, we’re a fiber company ]. After all, “dehydration is one of the most common causes of chronic constipation“.
Water is especially important if you plan to consume alcohol while waiting for the main course. Alcohol is very dehydrating which will lead to holiday constipation! So, make sure to include water!
Staying hydrated is just as important, if not more important than fiber. After all, you need to stay hydrated while intaking high-fiber foods. Let’s talk about our favorite digestion aid, fiber!
Fiber for the Holidays
Instead try reaching for more fiber-rich sides like spinach, green beans, carrots, and whole grain breads. Fiber is absolutely essential for handling big dinners because it will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Also, it will move things along so you won’t experience holiday bloating and constipation.
Don’t skip breakfast! Some people will skip meals as preparation for the big dinner but if you are someone who is inexperienced with fasting it won’t actually help. So, don’t skip breakfast. Instead try a high-fiber breakfast like oatmeal, chia pudding, or a smoothie to get some fiber in before the big feast! We even have a Mini Pumpkin Pancake recipe filled with over 4grams of fiber!
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