5 Ways to Overcome the Overeating Blues During the Holidays

Exercising restraint during a holiday feast can be a challenge for most, especially when it comes to the piles of cookies, bottomless cocktails and a buffet of food. If you find yourself dragging after each holiday meal here are some tips to help with your digestive woes. A little exercise, adequate hydration and righting the diet ship can go a long way.

1. Walk it Off
The last thing you want to do after eating a giant meal is move, but that is exactly what you should do to help digest the excess. Dr. Bayne recommends walking because not only does it help food move along the digestive tract, the mild exercise will also improve digestion and food absorption. Rally your family and friends to get some fresh air after a big feast and take a stroll around the neighborhood. For added benefits, walk while massaging your abdomen with your palms, in a circle around your belly button, the holistic doctor adds.

2. Drink Water- LOTS OF IT
Since alcohol dehydrates your system, drinking plenty of water will help combat some of the unpleasant hangover symptoms, rehydrate your body and flush out the nasty toxins. Drink a few glasses of room temperature, filtered water after a night of holiday excess and you'll be on your way to feeling better and cleansing your body. Then put a dash of Apple Cider Vinegar or Concentrated Lemon Juice in the water.

3. Drink Herbal Tea
Herbal tea will stimulate digestion and give you relief. Steep 1 teaspoon each of mint, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, sage and basil in 1 cup of hot water. Drink after a large meal to soothe the stomach and prevent bloating. Peppermint contains menthol, which is a cooling agent for relaxing your digestive tract. Other herbs that help with digestive issues in the short-term are aloe, ginger, turmeric and wormwood. Ginger directs blood flow to the stomach, which improves digestive functions. Fennel and turmeric can relieve painful stomach symptoms that might occur after a large meal. Wormwood can help digestion but is powerful and bitter to taste.

4. Eat Right
Eating meals with fiber and protein to help your body recover from the overindulgence. Choose small meals comprised of complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and lean proteins, such as skinless chicken, fish, beans, nuts or soy foods.

5. Do a little Yoga
A yoga stretch commonly referred to as the wind relieving pose can be beneficial if you're feeling bloated. Certain yoga poses are effective for stimulating peristalsis, which is necessary for digestion, and yoga is an excellent way to calm down after overeating. You'll feel the calming effect throughout your body, even into the digestive tract.

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012