Easy Tips to Avoid the Holiday “Bulge” and Feel Good #WellbeingWednesday Tip By Rachel Schwartzman
As we indulge in our Thanksgiving feasts, we may experience bloated bellies, a thicker waist, and poor digestion. For today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip, I am sharing with you some healthy tips so you feel your best this long weekend, and beyond. A great and simple way to start your day, is a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning. It keeps you hydrated, the bitter flavour stimulates the liver (great for alcohol indulgences!), and stimulates digestion. Take a ¼ of a wedge of lemon and squeeze it into a glass of warm water. This could be really helpful the morning after a big feast. Half Your Plate. Make your plate visual and aim for half your plate filled with veggies. Consider adding cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale), and leafy greens! These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, water, and fiber. They also support the liver detoxification pathways, have anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. They really are a powerhouse food group and a great way to cleanse after overindulgences. Take your time and chew your food. This is a very important way to optimize digestion. Our saliva has amylase in it, a digestive enzyme that helps break down food. The more broken down the food is, the less work your stomach has to do. It’s that simple. So make sure you enjoy your feast by savouring each bite. Try a shot of apple cider vinegar to soothe a bloated belly. Put 1-2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in a ¼ cup of warm water before dinner. This simple drink supplies your body with enzymes and supports healthy stomach acid. It’s even been noted to have weight loss properties. If you’re not a fan of vinegar, the flavour is something to get used to, but I promise what your taste buds won’t like, your tummy will. Keep active. Go for a brisk walk, attend a yoga class or hit the gym. Participate in whatever activity you enjoy doing. Physical activity is one of the easiest things you can do to benefit your health during the holidays. Wishing you all a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
Rachel Schwartzman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Doula and Acupuncturist. She practices in Toronto and can be reached at 416-371-3422. To learn more about Dr. Rachel take a peek at rachelschwartzman.com