We can enjoy all the trimmings of Thanksgiving without the belly ache. Overeating actually causes physical trauma to the body. These tips can help you and your family avoid the dreaded “Thanksgiving Belly Ache”
Well, can you believe it? Thanksgiving is here again. Just as fall is my favorite season, Thanksgiving has to be my favorite holiday, yes, even as much as Christmas, maybe even more. It’s not just a time to be thankful, as we are to be thankful all the time, but it’s a time to reflect and remember the last year.
Even difficult times can serve as tools to enrich, encourage, and deepen our lives. They are for our good. This is a hard thing to learn: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).”
As Thanksgiving day fast approaches and preparations are in full swing, I promise myself I won’t eat more than I need. Yea, you know how that goes, right? We are a no processed, non-GMO, organic household and we’re having the traditional dinner with all the trimmings. I say that to encourage you to eat as healthily as you can this holiday season.
We are, thankfully, able to avoid the Thanksgiving Belly Ache by putting into practice a few tips we have learned on our journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Tips to Avoid The Thanksgiving Belly Ache
1. Early Afternoon Meal. Most of us do it any way but be sure the meal is early afternoon. Your digestion is the strongest in the afternoon and it’s the best time to be filling up.
2. Eat a light, healthy, balanced breakfast. This way, your breakfast will be digested and you will be ready to eat, but don’t sit down to lunch hungry. You will eat too quickly and this will fill you up too fast.
3. Take the time to chew and relax. Lay your fork down between bites and talk with family and friends. The slower you eat, the slower your stomach expands and you can continue eating without the pain of overeating.
4. Drink a tall glass of water 20 minutes before the meal to pre-hydrate the stomach and cause your stomach to make more acid. If you have ginger tea, this is a great way to rev up the fires of digestion.
5. Something I learned from Dr. John Douillard: after you eat, lie on your left side for 10-15 minutes. No longer like a whole nap, but just this short period of time. Doing this will allow the stomach to empty easily and without stress. Maybe even take a short walk or stroll.
- Don’t drink ice water with the meal
- Take some time for thanksgiving and calming conversation before you begin
- Don’t eat while watching television
- Don’t eat standing up
- Don’t eat a bunch of bread first, this will fill you up and it’s harder to digest than you think.
I hope these tips increase your enjoyment of the day. We are thankful for you and all you bring to our journey. If you enjoy these tips, please share them with your family and friends. Share your own tips in the comments below.