With Thanksgiving just days away, I thought I would share a few tips I always implement during holiday gatherings: 1. Drink plenty of water the day before, the day of, and the day after the big meal - This helps keep digestion smooth and counteract any dehydration that excessive alcohol consumption could lead to. 2. Serve yourself a small portion of each dish, eat slowly and stop eating when you feel you are full - Eating slowly will help you really enjoy all of the different flavors and will allow your body to signal you when you are getting full before you are about to burst. 3. Try to take a walk sometime before and after your meal - Walking before and after eating can help speed up digestion prior to eating and help process food smoother after eating. 4. Support gut health with a healing supplement like 4 Gut - Over the holidays, we may eat more dairy, gluten, sugar, non-organic food, etc than we normally do which can create significant inflammation in the gut. I always double-down on my 4 Gut and probiotic supplementation to help reduce inflammation and replenish good gut bacteria. 5. Find healthier alternatives to your favorite dishes - There is truly an abundance of healthier recipe alternatives to just about every dish you can possibly think of. Just try searching for "Keto Thanksgiving Recipes" or something similar and you will be amazed with what you find! Here is a recipe for Keto Pumpkin Pie Bombs by our own Certified Nutritionist, Liliana Partida. 6. Take a moment of gratefulness - I know it sounds cliche, but there are actually a surprising number of scientifically proven health benefits to practicing gratitude including better sleep, reduced symptoms of depression, more empathy, fewer aches and pains in the body, reduced stress and improved mental resilience! (source) 7. Guard your mental health - While there may be smaller gatherings this year due to COVID-19, the holidays can still be an emotionally triggering time for many. For those needing a little extra support and encouragement, listen to our Director of Inner Healing, Virginia Dixon, as she walks us through some tangible steps to handle stressful or triggering family gatherings. Click here to listen to her full interview. I hope everyone has a truly blessed Thanksgiving and don't forget to check out our Black Friday Sale at Perfectly Healthy!
Your Partner in Health, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy