The comforting food of the holidays is something most of us look forward to every year. Those same meals are typically very filling and bloating, leaving you feeling sluggish. But there are ways to beat that bloat for the holidays. Here’s how to win the battle with the bloat!
Stay hydrated. Part of the problem when you feel bloated is that you’re not flushing out your body with water. On top of that, it’s tough to tell the difference between hungry and thirsty. If you drink enough water, you’ll be less likely to overeat.
Walk it off. Before you fall into that food coma, get up and go for a walk around the neighborhood. It helps you digest your food plus the fresh air will do you some good!
Eat with mindfulness. Another advantage to drinking enough water is that when the holiday meal is served, you’ll be less likely to overeat.
Coupled with chewing slowly and taking your time during the meal, you won’t feel that post-meal bloat.
Choose fruit. Between meals, it’s tempting to dig into the holiday platters and other goodies. But if you truly want to save room for Mom’s special apple pie at the big dinner, snack on fruit when you feel hungry. Fruits with more potassium are best to battle the bloat. Think bananas — yum!
Go pro. Probiotics that is. Start ahead of the holiday season by eating foods that are naturally probiotic. Try Greek yogurt, or if you like to spice things up, give Korea’s famous side dish, kimchi, a try. Probiotics help your natural gut bacteria do what it’s supposed to do. Getting it ready for the big meals ahead will help keep you from puffing up. Fill up on these holiday eating tips and you should find that this time around, you won’t feel more stuffed than the holiday turkey!
Do you have a natural tip to help with bloating? What do you do?