Traditionally, Halloween starts the three month seasons of excess eating candy, large family meals, sweets and treats.
All of this excessive eating can wreak havoc on your digestive system, and leave you with an unpleasant, upset stomach.
You don’t have to wait until you need antacid, instead there are things you can change about your diet and lifestyle to stave off the need for medicine.
Michele McRae, Certified Nutrition at Rainbow Light offers her tips to help you naturally soothe digestion and make your holiday meal – and the recovery – a much better experience.
1. Hit the veggies: Reach for the fiber-rich appetizers and food. They will help you feel full and absorb excess liquid in your body. Fiber also normalizes the rate at which food moves through the digestive tract.
Fresh veggies, fruit platters and salsa are healthy choices that will help you feel full and make you less likely to overindulge on complex carbs and fatty foods that are often difficult to digest.
2. Drink water: Don’t forget to drink plenty of water each day. The dry air and being indoors can dehydrate your system, as can alcoholic beverages. While at a party, alternate alcohol with water to cut calories and keep your digestive system hydrated.
3. Don’t skip a meal to “save calories”: Rather than skipping lunch, choose a healthy salad with low-fat dressing. The added fiber will help keep you regular and you will be less likely to overindulge later.
4. Get some exercise: Exercise can help you manage the stress of the season and keep your digestion system active. So have a snowball fight, go sledding, and join in any dance off at the party!
5. Take Digestive Enzymes: If your stomach is still out of sorts, not to worry! Try a digestive enzyme supplement to help ease you through the holiday season. Here’s one to try: Rainbow Light Nutritional System’s Advanced Enzyme Optima.