Get Back to Your Normal Eating Schedule
After overindulging on Thanksgiving you may be tempted to just not eat, but skipping meals only forces your body to shift into conservation mode and burn fewer calories. Going long periods without eating can actually cause your body to store fat, rather than lose it. Steady meals, on the other hand, maximize metabolism, and help regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as hunger hormones. Try to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up, and then eat your meals and snacks every three to four hours.
Get More Potassium
As well as helping nerves and muscles function properly and regulating blood pressure and your body’s pH level, potassium acts as a natural diuretic. Eating more helps you de-bloat by flushing excess sodium out of your body and relieving water retention. Good sources include lima beans, spinach, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, tomatoes, avocado, salmon, bananas and mushrooms.
Drink Water Only, and Sip More of it
Take a break from caffeinated beverages and juices and increase your water intake. Water supports healthy metabolism and helps naturally curb appetite. Drinking more water also flushes out excess sodium to help you quickly de-bloat, and it gets your digestive system moving to relieve constipation. Aim for at least half of your body weight in ounces of water per day.
Back to Your Fitness Routine!
It’s common to feel sluggish the day after Thanksgiving and have the urge to rest. But your body needs a workout today to get it back on track and burn off some of the extra calories. High intensity strength training and cardio can help release some of the water weight you may have gained. Commit to at least 20-30 minutes a day for a few days as it takes that time for the body to balance itself again after a day of high calories and desserts.
Utilize Leftovers for Clean Eating
Discard any unhealthy leftovers that may be a temptation. Use the basics to make easy healthy dishes rather than repeating your Thanksgiving Feast. Here are some suggestions:
Cranberry Sauce (low sugar, homemade Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce)
- Use as a topping for oatmeal, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese.
- Mix into salsa.
- Use in place of jam on an Ezekial peanut butter sandwich.
- Use in chili or soup.
- Meatloaf or burgers
- Turkey salad or sliced on top of a green salad
- Use in meatloaf or burgers in place of breadcrumbs
- Use in meatloaf in place of breadcrumbs
- Use in a smoothie instead of fruit