Thanksgiving is upon us. It's time to slip out of those yoga pants and into something a little less comfortable as you sit around a dining room table full of enough food to feed an army and try to resist eating all of it. Sounds like a sick joke if you ask me. Have no fear, with these easy tips you can avoid glutinous discomfort and enjoy healthy digestion. Here are some great digestion tips from my friend Sarah Goldstein of Twist and Sprout. She is a Holistic Nutritionist here in Toronto. Keep your eyes peeled for more awesome collaborations between her and I as we bring you tips for a healthy life both on and off the mat !
1. EAT SLOWLY
Eating slowly will allow your hunger signals time to turn off. Pacing yourself will allow you to feel full, satiated and satisfied. Not as though you are depriving yourself of any food. Overeating can often lead to indigestion, bloating and fatigue.
2. FILL YOUR PLATE WITH VEGGIES
Turkey, potatoes and stuffing are the BOMB. Just make sure to include your vegetables, as they are easier to digest, contain varied vitamins/minerals and lots of fiber. Very necessary for proper digestion, especially with all the other goodies eaten this time of year.
3. INCLUDE RAW VEGETABLES
Raw vegetables contain live enzymes, which will help digest the meal. So make sure to include a nice raw salad with your thanksgiving meal this year!
4. STAY AWAY FROM FRUIT
The worst thing to do after a big meal is to finish with some fruit. Fruit digests quickly in the system, while a thanksgiving meal digests slowly. Basically, this is a recipe for bloating and indigestion.
5. DIGESTIVE BITTERS + ENZYMES
These can be helpful to add to your digestive fire. Take digestive bitters before your meal, which stimulate gastric juices and enzymes production. My favorite is the St Francis- Canadian Bitters. After you eat, if you feel a bit bloated try to take a multi-spectrum digestive enzyme from brands like Prairie Naturals, UDO or Genestra.