After one of the first weekends of overeating has just happened as we head towards the holiday season, there will be more. The saying “My eyes are bigger than my belly” rings true at so many tables, that you often wonder if you’ll ever need to eat again!
What can you do when you eat too much and can’t even move?
The first thing is to MOVE! Get up, go walk, and don’t just sit down on the couch looking down at your very full belly, feeling ashamed, and beat yourself up. Walking for at least 15 minutes helps to massage your abdomen and aid in digestion. If not walking, get up and do the dishes, and take the garbage out. Just move.
Take digestive enzymes. Before I sit down, I take two HypoZymase digestive enzymes to help what my body needs to do but is about to be overwhelmed by. It helps your stomach by giving it extra of what your body should produce to break down your meal. Sometimes it’s too much food, it can be the mix of wine and food, it can be the mix of starches, protein like meat and you not chewing enough that all contribute to that discomfort after a holiday meal like Thanksgiving.
Drink peppermint or ginger tea. That bloating is uncomfortable. Peppermint and ginger are both soothing. Make fresh tea with mint leaves or ginger root, or have tea bags on hand for occasions like this.
Try digestive tonics like Berberine Intrinsic available on SproutRight.com Soothing to the digestive tract, berberine is a one-stop shop for gut issues like bloating, IBS, diarrhea, constipation, and even heartburn.
Load up on probiotics. That gassiness that comes after a huge meal is part of not digesting your food well enough and that you’re feeding the bad bugs in your intestines. That pumpkin pie and whipped cream from a can, yep that sugar just fed the candida, gut bugs, and all that you’d be better off starving.
I’d say think of that feeling the next time that you sit down to a potentially large meal, but you won’t remember. You’ll just go for it. Using small plates is a great way to navigate a potentially large meal, but your guests might look at you funny if you did, so keep this suggestion in your back pocket for when the timing is right!
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