It’s that time of year again — Thanksgiving, the most anticipated holiday of the year that celebrates all that tastes good. While we all should enjoy this thankful holiday, overeating and eating for long stretches throughout the day can take a toll on your digestion. Here are some easy tips to help you avoid overeating and paying the consequences of indigestion and heartburn while still enjoying the day.
Ways to Avoid Overeating
For the hostess:
- Use luncheon size plates instead of dinner plates. A smaller plate will help keep the serving portions reasonable.
- Don’t push seconds. Your guests will enjoy their dinner better if they don’t overeat.
- Plan your Thanksgiving meal earlier in the afternoon so your guests don’t go to bed stuffed. Overeating makes it hard to sleep comfortably.
- Pre-slice the pies and cakes in modest portions for those that want to try more than one dessert.
- Set the table with blue dishes and accessories. The color blue is thought to lessen the appetite.
- Use grapefruit-scented candles in the dining room. The fragrance of grapefruit is also thought to reduce the appetite.
For the guests:
- Eat slowly, chew your food well and wait ten minutes before taking seconds. It takes the stomach about 20 minutes after eating to realize it is full.
- If your Thanksgiving dinner is in the evening, don’t fast through the day. It will encourage you to overeat at the one meal.
- Don’t drink any beverage while eating. Beverages dilute the stomach juices needed for proper digestion.
Relieving Heartburn and Indigestion:
- Sip on a glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to aid digestion and to avoid indigestion.
- Take a walk with the family thirty minutes after eating to burn off some calories. Or play ball with the children outside. Exercise aids digestion.
- Eat some fresh pineapple or papaya to aide digestion and relieve the discomfort of overeating. Papaya tablets are available where health products are sold.
- Chew anise seeds to relieve a sour stomach.
- Chew on several fennel seeds after a large meal, which aids digestion.
- Chew on a sprig of fresh parsley to relieve indigestion.
- Drink 1/4 cup of aloe vera juice.
- Drink a glass of water at the onset of heartburn.
- Drink a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea to relieve indigestion.
- Avoid lying down for three hours after eating.
- Lay on your left side to relieve the discomfort of heartburn. This prevents stomach acids from reaching the esophagus.