Pre, Post-Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet, but in a culture where we do everything quickly and efficiently, let’s prepare for the aftermath of your Thanksgiving feast.

Most people wake up on Tuesday feeling bloated, tired and yucky as a result of too many appetizers, mashed potatoes with gravy, dessert and wine. No matter how hard you try, Thanksgiving comes with extra calories. It usually takes our body a good 3 days to recover, but there are a few things you can do to feel better, faster.

  1. The minute you wake up on Tuesday morning, walk to your closet and put on your exercise clothes or pack them in your bag for lunch break or after work. If you’re wearing your gym gear, or have it packed it’s much more likely that you’ll squeeze in that much-needed workout, and sweat out the toxins.
  2. Take the one-carb challenge. For 3 days, only have one, wheat or grain-based carb per meal, per day. For example, have a bowl of oatmeal with fruit for breakfast, a salad with leftover turkey and chick peas for lunch, and fish with root vegetables and broccoli for dinner and a couple squares of dark chocolate with dates for dessert. You’ll be surprised how cutting back on your grain carbs will make you feel less bloated and tired.
  3. No alcohol until Friday. Give your body a much-needed break from the alcohol and sugar. You will get good quality sleeps, and enjoy your glass of wine on Friday even more.
  4. Include a green smoothie in your day. Greens of any kind will restore healthy bacteria in your gut and help you feel better, sooner.

I would usually write this post after Thanksgiving, but it’s better to be prepared, and we’re going to Florida on Tuesday so I’ll be taking a little break from writing.

Wish me luck as we embark on our first plane trip with two kids! We caved and finally bought ourselves a golden parachute a.k.a. an iPad in case Jack loses his mind on the flight. I feel a lot more confident going into the trip with that little baby packed in our carry-on.

Any tips for travelling with multiple kids? Oh, and I should probably mention we have to wake them up at 4am to make our flight…oh dear.

About Lauren

Welcome! I’m Lauren Follett. A couple years ago, while working in the corporate world of downtown Toronto, I decided to pursue my passion for healthy living and enrolled in the Distance Education program with The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I studied on my lunch breaks, after work, on the weekends, and while travelling through South America. The world of health & nutrition can be confusing. There are a lot of mixed messages out there when it comes to health: low fat, low calories, sugar-free, low-carb, gluten-free…leaving you confused, frustrated, and wondering where to start. That’s where I come in. As a Registered Nutritionist, my goal is to help you accomplish your health & wellness goals. I don’t believe in diets or quick fixes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle, which requires you to get educated, and learn how to make healthy choices. I’m dedicated to working closely with my clients to teach & motivate them to make healthy choices, discuss healthy living strategies and create customized nutrition programs that fit with their life.


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