5 Tips to Feel Great After Thanksgiving Dinner.

Via Dr. John Douillard
on Nov 27, 2013
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It’s almost Thanksgiving!

Here are a couple of great tips to make sure you feel energetic and vibrant after all that Thanksgiving food.

Tip one: eat when the fire is hot.

One of the nice things about a Thanksgiving meal is that it is typically in the early afternoon, when the digestive fire burns hottest!

According to Ayurveda, the digestion is the strongest in the afternoon and the best time to be filling the tank to capacity. So try not to have that big turkey dinner at night when the cooks have gone home and your digestive fire is the weakest.

Tip two: chat and chew.

It is not a bad idea to eat a light and balanced breakfast that day, so by the time the big meal comes, you have fully digested breakfast and are ready to fill up.

Be careful though, if you sit down to that table starving, you risk inhaling your food and after hours of preparation, you are stuffed to the gills in under 10 minutes. The key here is to eat slowly! Relax and dine! Force yourself to put the fork down and chat while you chew.

The more time you give yourself to chew and relax, the more your stomach will gracefully expand and allow you to comfortably continue to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal without over eating. If you eat that same meal fast, it will hit like a rock and you will find yourself spending much of the afternoon on the couch.

Tip three: stoke the furnace.

Use these simple tricks to jump-start digestion before your big meal:

a. Drink a tall glass of water 20 minutes before starting the meal. This will pre-hydrate your stomach wall, which is lined with an acid buffer that is 80 percent water. The more water, the better the buffer and the more acid your stomach will produce to enjoy more food.

b. You can add a little salt and pepper to this glass of water to further stoke the digestive fire.

c. Sip some ginger tea while you are eating, or sip it during the 20-30 minutes prior to the meal to stoke the fire.

d. If you happen to have some Warm Digest on hand, take one or two capsules with that pre-meal glass of water. If you don’t have any Warm Digest, slice some ginger into dime-sized pieces and sprinkle them with salt and a squeeze of lemon. Eat 2 or 3 before you feast for a palpable digestive boost!


Tip four: after dinner tricks.

There is an old Ayurvedic strategy to lie on your left side for 10-15 minutes after a large meal.

This is not an all afternoon siesta, but a short rest on the left side to allow the stomach to empty gracefully and effortlessly.

The stomach is on the left side of the belly and empties from left to right into the small intestine. By lying on the left side, you allow the stomach to hang freely and contract naturally to move the food through when it is all properly digested.

If you lie on the right side or get up too soon, the food is hurried and forced out of the stomach prematurely by gravity. This can cause ingestion and, after a big meal like Thanksgiving, it can cause some gas pains! After your short rest on the left side (or some serious table leaning to the left) after the meal, it’s time for a nice relaxing walk.

Pray for nice weather!

Tip five: digestive no-no’s.

a. Don’t drink cold or iced water with this meal!

b. Take a few minutes to relax, get settled, and say some form of blessing or grace before eating. Do not start eating until you are really settled, calm and ready to eat and enjoy each bite with awareness!

c. Don’t watch TV while eating.

d. Don’t eat standing up.

e. Don’t pig out on bread first. It is heavy and hard to digest and before you know it, you will be full!

Most of all, make it a special time with friends and family to be grateful for all we enjoy here in the US!

Bon appetite!

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Editor: Cat Beekmans

{Photo: Wikimedia Commons.}


About Dr. John Douillard

Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda and sports medicine. Over the past 30 years, he’s helped over 100,000 patients repair their digestive system and eat wheat and dairy again. He is the creator of LifeSpa.com, a leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web with over 4.5 million views on YouTube. Receive his valuable health reports in your inbox - sign up for free! LifeSpa.com is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world, with over 700 articles and videos proving ancient wisdom backed by modern science. Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, author of six books, a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show, and has been featured in Woman’s World Magazine, Yoga Journal, the Huffington Post and dozens of other publications. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For information on Dr. John's newest book, Eat Wheat, please visit eatwheat.lifespa.com, LifeSpa.com and connect with Dr. Douillard on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Eat Wheat is available in eBook form now, and will be available in paperback and hardcover on January 10, 2017. It can be pre-ordered from Amazon, eatwheat.lifespa.com and all major booksellers.


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