1. TASTE EVERYTHING. EAT NOTHING.
Now don't take this literally... but try everything and then only eat the things you absolutely love. Except maybe the gluten 😉If you currently are gluten-free, keep in mind that eating gluten even at just one meal can take months to completely get out of your body. I always recommend bringing a gluten-free option for everyone to enjoy!
Thanksgiving Trick: Don't tell anyone that it is a gluten-free dish and see if they notice! They might find that they like the gluten-free option better! #sneakysneakymama (DM me on Instagram and let me know if it worked!)
2. DON'T BINGE
It's never worth it and it makes you feel like a cornucopia! Eat until you are no longer hungry and stop before you are full. One of the best things about holiday meals is the leftovers so don't overdo it in one meal - save plenty for leftovers for the family to enjoy for the next couple of days.
3. ENJOY YOUR FOOD
Meaning chew your food s l o w l y to taste the amazing flavors! This also helps your body digest your food more easily + will help you eat slower as you tend to eat less. Slow down and enjoy the food are eating with the people you are with.
4. POTATO SWAP
Enjoy the sweet potatoes before regular potatoes because they are a great prebiotic to help your gut digest that holiday food PLUS high in beta-carotene and vitamin E + C WHILE ALSO being a good source of fiber, potassium, iron and vitamin B6. So many great added benefits to this potato swap! You can either make sweet potato mash or I love my sweet potato hash that is straight out of my Core Nutrition program!
Many times when you feel hungry, your body is actually dehydrated. BUT don’t drink too much water/liquid with your food as it can dilute the enzymes in your stomach, therefore, making it harder for you to digest all that food! If you want to be proactive, I suggest taking a stomach enzyme or bitters with your meals to give your gut a little extra help digesting your food!
6. BOOZE IT BUT DON'T LOOSE IT
Enjoy a cocktail or two, but don't overdo it on the booze. Many of the holiday cocktails are very high in sugar and calories. Instead, go for a glass of dry red wine or a cocktail made with vodka and fresh cranberries or other fresh-squeezed juice. If you do choose to cheers to the season, make sure you balance it out with a glass of water.
7. HEALTHY SWEETS
Bring a healthier dessert option for everyone to enjoy! Now I know what you are thinking, "A healthy dessert option, Erica? What is that?" That is why I am giving you exclusive access to my Pumpkin Tart recipe from Core Nutrition that is healthy, delicious and will be a crowd-pleaser! Core Nutrition is full of family-friendly recipes that will make you rethink the way you look at food even during the holidays 😋
8. MOVE A LITTLE
Make a point to go for a walk and get some fresh air sometime during the day. A walk is a great full body workout that you can do anywhere + with anyone (even if that means you have to bundle up)! Now, I’m not talking about killing your body to burn tons of calories before or after your big meal... just a nice, enjoyable walk to get you moving as it can also help aid your digestion when you are on a turkey break.
9. IT'S ALL ABOUT BALANCE
Life is all about balance am I right?! If you know you have a dinner party to go to or Thanksgiving meal that day, it is a great idea to fast in the morning while being sure to drink plenty of water. If you know your body doesn't feel good when you fast, then keep breakfast simple as you think ahead to all of the yummy food you will be eating in a few, short hours. Do your best to allow three hours in between your meals as this also can help keep your gut moving.
10. BE GRATEFUL FOR THE DAY
Be grateful for the amazing food you have and all the wonderful memories you are making with your friends and family!
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The material contained within is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before beginning a new regiment or purchasing any product(s).
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