Binge eating is a disorder that can affect you for a long period of time, but around the holidays, it is reinforced. Thanksgiving and holiday dinners that include buttery potatoes, greasy gravy, rich casseroles, and lots of turkey—not to mention pumpkin pie—can leave you feeling stuffed. Here are some things you can do after the holidays that will help you feel better and get your diet back on track for the rest of the holiday season.
Commit to getting back on track immediately
For some people, Thanksgiving is just the beginning of a six-week-long holiday eating and drinking spree. Don’t wait until the first day after the holidays to make healthy changes; you’ll want to prevent bad habits from forming before they snowball out of control.
Eat like it’s a normal day
While it may be tempting to eat less the day after a binge, this can do more harm than good. Restricting your food intake will only make you hungry. Let your stomach growl for too long, and you may find yourself forking down a plateful of turkey-day leftovers. Begin the day with a protein-packed breakfast and round out the day with lots of vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
Avoid hard-to-digest foods
If you’re dealing with post-Thanksgiving digestive distress, you’ll want to avoid certain foods for a few days. Steer clear of dairy products like milk and cheese, coffee, refined sugar, carbonated beverages, and highly acidic foods until you’re feeling better.
Drink lots of water
Getting plenty of H2O is another proven way to deal with digestive issues. And it’s a habit you’ll want to hold onto throughout the holiday season: drinking water fills you up and can prevent overeating.
It’s understandable if squeezing into your gym clothes is the last thing you want to do while suffering from post-Thanksgiving bloat, but working out is the best way to get yourself back into the groove after binge. First, a quick sweat session can help ease any tummy problems. Second, dedicating yourself will prevent you from falling off the routine during the holiday season.
Change your attitude
A food binge can definitely derail your healthy habits and goals, but don’t let it bring you down. Worrying and disappointment in yourself won’t do you any good! Change your thinking and know you have to get back on track and move on.