The Dreaded Day After Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass

Don’t Let the Holidays Throw You Off Track

 

So you’ve eaten too much turkey again, and fallen into a food coma. Don’t worry. It’s not your fault. After all, Thanksgiving is the time of year when Americans consume more than twice their daily caloric intake, and more than three times the fat.

Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, not to mention all those pies, can add up to anywhere from 3,000 to 4,500 calories when all’s said and done.

Not to mention the added stress from the holidays can tempt us to indulge.

You might wake up the next morning with a serious food hangover, and feelings of guilt for having overeaten. But don’t despair. If you’re ready to right your wrongs and get back on track, here are some helpful tips for your post-Thanksgiving blues.

Start the Day Off Right

Don’t skip breakfast the next day. You may have eaten enough the previous day to hold you over until lunch leftovers, but have a light breakfast anyway. Eating breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism for the day.

If you skip breakfast, there’s good possibility you’ll overeat come lunchtime, and that’s a surefire way to add extra calories.

The Holiday Walk

closeup of woman tying shoe lacesThe day after Thanksgiving, you may feel bloated, lethargic, or simply not-having-any-of-it. The cure for all these things is, believe it or not, some light exercise. Take a walk around the block, or down to the park. In addition to speeding up digestion, light-to-moderate exercise also releases dopamine, which is just what you need to pick you up from your post-Thanksgiving food hangover.

Getting the family involved is even better. The more people commit to an activity, the more likely it is to happen. Try getting the relatives moving. Find a team game to play, like soccer or basketball. Or try bike riding or roller skating. In one hour, the average 200 lbs adult can burn up to 700 calories with moderate activities like these. After all, bringing the whole family together is what the holidays are all about.

Lunchtime Leftovers

homemade leftover thanksgiving day sandwich with turkey, cranberry sauce, feta cheese and vegetablesNow it’s time for seconds. Here’s where a newfound respect for moderation can come in handy. Control your portions. The great thing about white turkey is that it’s a very lean protein. Use gravy sparingly. If you’re going to make a turkey sandwich, use whole grain bread. Add some greens, and maybe a bit of cranberry sauce. Also, try adding vegetables that are high in fiber. Things like baby carrots, green beans, or brussel sprouts will go a long way to helping that Thanksgiving meal get through safely.

Many of us give up on our health goals during the holidays, only to find them again come New Years. But Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a defeat. So you ate too much, and now you’re languishing on the couch. Don’t throw in the towel just yet. Making those small adjustments the day after Thanksgiving can make all the difference. You’ll be back on your feet in no time! 775.775.204.3508