Holiday Survival Guide


Smart Ways You Can Cut Down on Holiday Excess | Culinary Craftiness

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 in the worst of ways. Keep reading for advice on how to reduce bloating, glide through hangovers, ax acne, prevent weight gain, and eliminate that too-full feeling.

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 unnaturally expanding midsection is uncomfortable, 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 in a disagreeable position.

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, but 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. While typically reserved for childhood stomach bugs, about one-third of Pedialyte products are sold to alcohol-indulging adults.

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, both of which you’ll recognize as the worst features of a hangover. CBD won’t leave you lightheaded or craving munchies, but it’s important do your homework and 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 your skin to react with bumps and blemishes. Sugar, saturated fat, and soy tend to hide in unusual places – think mayonnaise, which contains soybean oil. This list of foods by Eat This, Not That can help you identify acne triggers.

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 throughout the season. 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, such as lowering stress and getting enough sleep every night.

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

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