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Holli Thompson is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach. She has trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City , accredited by SUNY Purchase College, and is also certified by Cornell University. Holli is a Raw Food Chef, has attended the Natural Gourmet Cooking School and is skilled in the art of healthy gourmet cooking.

When she’s not working with clients and traveling to New York for her wellness events, Holli enjoys life on her Virginia farm and vineyard with her husband of over fifteen years and her son, age 9.

Seven Healthy Tips For The Day After Thanksgiving

It happened again. You overate, you indulged your foodie passions, and you blissfully savored every luscious morsel your heart and stomach desired.

Today you’re full of all that food, and maybe some regret. Bloated, full around the middle, sluggish, foggy brained, and downright stuffed?

Your first instinct might be to punish- yourself, the holiday and the world in general, and then you’ll vow to never eat again. You decide to starve, drink only green juices, eat only lettuce-until the bloat goes away and you can button your jeans again.

Hold on, girlfriend, that’s not a good idea.

Here are my seven best tips for the “day after”:

1. Don’t starve yourself. Seriously reducing calories the day after a large feast will slow your metabolism, and the day after a large feast is the day you need that metabolism to be working at full capacity.

2. Eat healthy whole foods, high quality proteins, and lots of vegetables to keep your system working all day and burning efficiently.

3. Avoid processed foods, especially those with gluten. Processed foods will add to the bloat today. Avoid bread, pasta, and cracker type foods, and go for salads, vegetables, grass fed meats or legumes and whole grains.

4. Avoid salt and salty foods;  that might mean avoiding  restaurants because most restaurants over-salt their food. This is a great day for a home cooked veggie stir-fry, or a pureed vegetable soup. (Check out www.nutritionalstyle.com/blog for some ideas.)

5. Drink lots of water to help flush the salt out of your system and to keep you satisfied. Many times when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. Fill your water bottles this morning, add some lemon and stevia for a light lemonade, and indulge in this all day. Flush, flush, flush.

6. Move your body today, go for a long walk or hike or bike ride. Get some fresh air, and smile while you do. This will help to increase your metabolism too.

7. Don’t stress it. Studies show that stress actually leads to weight gain. It’s a holiday, and it’s all okay. Forgive yourself, and think loving, thankful thoughts.


Try this for three days, and you’ll be back to feeling fabulous.

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