While the holidays are surely a time to bring family and friends together, they’re also a time to indulge in some super-tasty (and calorie packed!) meals. That said, we’re not on-board with cutting every one of our favorite holiday treats out, which is why we’re constantly on the hunt for ways to stay on top of our health come the holiday season.
If you’re looking for ways to keep the season merry and bright, all while staying on top of your appetite, read on, because this blog post is for you.
Ahead, 5 ways to beat holiday bloat.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!
It’s simple: if your body is dehydrated, you will overeat because it’ll think it’s hungry. Not to mention, the body retains water when it’s dehydrated! The solution? Drink at least eight full glasses of water a day – between, and not during, meals. And if you’re sipping cocktails, add even more glasses of water to the mix.
BRING ON THE FRUIT
While holiday desserts are surely tempting (hello, pie!), they’re jam-packed with calories, sugar, and other not-so-good-for-you ingredients. Fruit is full of fiber, making it easier to digest than your other favorite sugary sweets. That said, it’s totally okay to load up on things like berries (packed with antioxidants), bananas (full of potassium!), and melon.
SLOW IT DOWN
Eating too fast causes you to inject too many air bubbles, which will puff up your belly and give you that dreaded bloated feeling. Next time you eat, breathe in and out as you digest each bite, reducing those pesky air bubbles.
STAY AWAY FROM SALT
The best way to stop bloat in its tracks? Avoiding salt! Salt contains sodium, which causes the body to retain water. And because salt is in just about everything from canned fruits to salad dressings, use caution when adding extra on top of your favorite foods.
BE ALL ABOUT THE APPLE CIDER
Did you know that high-quality apple cider actually reduces water retention? Why, you ask? It’s simple: it contains potent acetic acid. So before you hit that next holiday party, add a little to a glass of water, squeeze in some lemon, sip it, and go! The benefits will surprise you. Bonus: apple cider vinegar also helps to prevent colds and flus.