It’s very difficult not to indulge at all when the holidays roll around, and there’s no reason to feel bad if you do! With all of the delicious and tempting foods and desserts around, you’ll likely want to enjoy at least a couple. Indulging sometimes is nothing to worry about, but during the holidays, things tend to get out of hand, and you can end up feeling stuffed and bloated.
Enjoy the season and help yourself feel as good as possible while you indulge with these tips:
Don’t get stuck thinking that if you drink too much water you’ll feel bloated. Your body needs a consistent stream of at least 8 glasses of water per day to function properly and flush out toxins that you might be ingesting while you indulge. Keeping properly hydrated will help you avoid overeating and keep your stomach as flat as possible. Be sure to drink water in between alcoholic drinks for good measure!
2. Walk it Out
The main reason it seems like we all get so bloated and heavy during the holiday period is because we tend to do a whole lot of nothing. Relaxing is important, but don’t forget to keep your legs moving and your blood flowing. Take your whole family out for a walk after a heavy meal for bonding and de-bloating all in one!
There’s likely to be enough sweets available to you during the holidays to last you throughout the day, but try to resist the urge to reach for them unless it’s dessert. Instead, keep fresh fruit with you at all times and when you get the munchies, snack on a healthy option like an apple.
4.Chew Your Food
Take your time eating all your meals during the holidays. When you eat too fast, you swallow lots of air which makes you even more bloated! The holidays are a time to sit back and enjoy the company you’re with. Chew your food more than usual and pause in between bites. You’ll find yourself eating less.
5.Keep Fennel Seeds Handy
If you’ve never tried fennel seeds, the holidays are the perfect time to start. It’s a common tradition to eat them after meals in India because they work against bloating. They’ll help you to retain less water and even make your breath smell fresher.
6.Limit Your Plate’s Variety
Chances are that the average number of dishes on your holiday table is somewhere around ten or more, but there’s no need to eat from each and every one of them! Just by putting a little from each option, you are increasing your chances of overeating because you’ll want to try everything. Stick with three or four options that you’re really excited about and fill your plate with those.
7. Get Your Beauty Rest
You may want to go out and party every night during your holiday break, it’s understandable, but the truth is that you should use that time to catch up on sleep. When you’re sleep-deprived, your body will hold onto excess water and simply won’t help you in fighting bloat. Aim for at least your standard eight hours per night.
8. Use Probiotics
Probiotics will help your body avoid uncomfortable bouts of bloating. If they’re not already a part of your daily regimen, it’s a good idea to start adding them to your daily routine a few weeks before your holiday festivities. Think Greek yogurt or Kefir!
9. Avoid Being Salty
The food that’s on the holiday table is probably already salted just as it must be. Do not add any extra salt to your food! Salt makes you retain even more water than usual and will leave you feeling bloated, even in your face. Avoid packaged foods and don’t touch the salt shaker.
10. Unless You’re Bathing in Salt
The only salt you want to be using during the holidays is epsom salt in your bath. Run a nice, relaxing holiday-themed bath will epsom salts (at the drugstore) of whatever scent you prefer and let yourself soak in it for at least 20 minutes. This will help reduce any bloating you’re experiencing.
11. Do a Hollywood Detox
You may find yourself laughing at celebrities and their intense detoxes normally, but there’s one that you should try yourself during the holidays. Add apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to a glass of water, drink away, and feel your bloating disappear!
You will be able to enjoy your holidays more if you take preventative measures to plan against bloating.
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