We thought about all the tricks we could give you to make sure you stay sensible on Turkey Day, and then we thought, screw it! Go ahead and enjoy yourself and deal with the bloat afterward – it’s only Thanksgiving one day a year. So, if sweatpants are the only thing you can bring yourself to wear after stuffing your face on Thanksgiving (we’re there with you!), then here’re our top tips for feeling normal again when Friday rolls around.
1: Start your day with exercise
Before you even have time to tuck into your leftover T-day dinner, hit the treadmill and do some sprints. Because your body will be in a calorie deficit, and glycogen levels decrease during sleep, your body will use its fat stores for energy. If the thought of hectic exercise is way too much, then yoga is your bestie! The twists of yoga awaken your digestive system and can help speed up your metabolism.
2: Do breakfast properly
We know those leftovers are calling your name, but resist tucking into them for breakfast. Instead opt for pineapple or papaya, which both contain enzymes that aid in breaking down protein and beat bloating. Kiwi and honeydew melon are also amazing for kicking your bowels into action and diminishing water retention. Avoid fruits rich in sugar, like cherries, grapes, and peaches as they’ll only bloat you more. You can even make a smoothie with fruits like raspberries and blueberries, almond milk, banana, and add in a teaspoon of activated charcoal powder, which will absorb toxins in your stomach and bind them, so they’re not reabsorbed back into your system.
3: Walk it off
After turkey day comes Black Friday, which is the perfect opportunity to get into town and burn off approximately two roast potatoes as you fight for the hottest deals in Sephora– think about it, the more you shop, the more potatoes you burn!
4: Drink the right things
Drinking a ton of water will not only help fill you up a little so you don’t feel like demolishing the rest of the turkey, but it also helps aid with stomach digestion, flushes out toxins and extra salt in your body. You can also start your morning with a warm cup of lemon water, which will cleanse your digestive system, and to top it off you can mix a shot of apple cider vinegar with honey and water, and drink it first thing to awaken your metabolism. Green tea is also amazing and a slightly tastier alternative to boost your metabolism, while dandelion tea is a diuretic that will also reduce toxins and any bloating.
5: Laugh like a hyena
If you’d rather continue the indulgence of the day before, then laughter is the best remedy for giving your body a mini work out, and you don’t even have to leave the couch. Seriously, laughter literally gives your body a mini workout – an hour of laughing can burn as many calories as a 30-minute weight-lifting session.