Tricks To Avoid Holiday Belly Bloat
Here are some tips to maintain your weight and avoid feeling bloated this holiday season:
Use a smaller plate. Portion control is extremely important this time of year. Use a smaller plate to prevent overeating (leading to that overly full feeling) and focus on filling your plate with vegetables and lean proteins.
Don't arrive to your holiday meal starving. Eat a filling breakfast and lunch, packed with healthy fats and proteins that day. You likely won't be eating your holiday meal as soon as you arrive, so arriving moderately hungry can help to avoid snacking before dinner and over indulging.
Avoid crashing on the couch right after you eat. Instead, help the host clear the table and take care of some of the dishes or take a walk around the block. This will help you feel less sluggish and bloated.
De-stress healthfully. Stress is linked to a number of GI problems, including irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn. Rather than munching on chips or cookies, try taking a brisk 20-minute walk every day. This will boost your mood, decrease tension, and make your tummy feel much better!
Don't forget the basics. Make sure your diet both during and after the holidays includes protein, fruits, veggies, and water. It can be hard to start eating less again after those big, holiday meals. Eat closer to 80% of your food to begin taking yourself back down to your normal food intake. It's also important to continue getting 30-minutes of exercise every day!