Holiday Eating Survival Guide


This Holiday Eating Survival Guide is brought to you by Cheryl Conklin of Wellness Central. She has some fabulous tips for surviving dinner parties, cookouts, etc. where it’s easy to over-indulge.

Guest Contributor: Cheryl Conklin

Smart Ways You Can Cut Down on Holiday Excess

You’ve spent a little too much time indulging in your favorite holiday treats, and now you’re paying for it. Keep reading for advice on how to reduce bloating, glide through hangovers, ax acne, prevent weight gain, and eliminate that too-full feeling.

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Banish the Bloat

Let’s get straight to the most uncomfortable part of pigging out: the bloat. Nearly three-quarters of all people experience issues with bloating. An expanding midsection doesn’t feel good, and it may also be a sign of poor digestion. Before you belly up to the next holiday table, add a probiotic to your diet. Probiotics are good bacteria that not only aid with digestion but can also prevent gas from building up.

Holiday bloating is brought on not only by overeating but also by eating foods that ferment in the system.

Dietitian Stephanie Clairmont explains that dairy and sulfurous vegetables are among the main culprits. If you can avoid these foods, you may be able to reduce discomfort. Perhaps most importantly, don’t let yourself feel guilty for overdoing it. Get back on track tomorrow by starting your day with a healthy, nutritious breakfast.

Heal a Hangover

Merry-making is one of the best parts of the season, but if you like your libations a bit too much, you may be in for a rough day. Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to cure the dreaded holiday hangover. Even if you don’t have an ibuprofen handy. A simple bottle of Pedialyte is one of the most effective hangover remedies.

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For more persistent symptoms, consider supplementing your morning orange juice with cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD, which should not be confused with THC, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that has known anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also been cited for its ability to lessen nausea and eliminate headaches. CBD won’t leave you lightheaded or craving munchies. However, it’s important to talk to your doctor before consuming any new supplement.

Eliminate Inflammation

There are certain foods that can lead to systemic inflammation, which, in turn, can cause acne. This list of foods by Eat This, Not That can help you identify acne triggers.

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Try to balance your junk food intake with fruits and vegetables. And choose water over sodas, alcohol, and energy drinks if you want your skin to stay smooth. Just as important as watching what you eat is remembering to moisturize your skin daily. This will hydrate the cells and give them a fighting chance to stave off an unflattering round of redness and irritation.

Weight Gain Gone

Most people claim the average holiday weight gain amounts to around five pounds. The good news is that this is a myth. The bad news is that we tend to hold on to those end-of-the-year pounds. The American College of Preventive Medicine outlines behavior changes that can offset weight gain. These include switching to a plant-based whole foods diet, increased physical activity, and adopting lifestyle habits that promote healthy weight. For example, lowering stress and getting enough sleep every night.

There is no reason to deny yourself a few of life’s pleasures, especially during the holidays. However, be prepared for everything from bloating to blemishes. And take steps to prevent the most uncomfortable consequences.

In conclusion, stock up on the remedies you may need before you need them. Nothing’s worse than feeling like a Mack truck hit you after a night of fun. Except having to run to the store when you’re sick. Enjoy yourself, but try not to get carried away. 😊 Happy celebrating!

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About Melissa

Melissa is a wife, mother, family cook, and romance novelist. The very first thing she learned in the kitchen was how to scramble eggs in an old cast iron skillet at the age of five. Her great-grandmother put her on a step-stool at the stove and thus began her passion for whipping up great tasting foods.

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