,Say Goodbye To Your Food Coma!
The holiday season is upon us! With a little know-how, you can satisfy your desire for traditional favourites and still indulge in a guilt-free holiday feast. After all… being stuffed is a good idea, but only if you are a turkey!
Here are 6 tips for a healthier holiday:
- Do not skip breakfast or any normal meals/snacks on the day of your feast. I know you have a lot to get done on this day and you are anticipating eating a large meal for dinner. But it is essential that you kick start your metabolism with good nutrients that will provide you the stamina to get through this busy day. Besides, you do not want to be starving by the time dinner arrives; as this is a sure way of overeating.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Dehydration from not drinking enough water can be easily disguised as hunger cues, which can be dangerous when you have a big meal ahead of you. Drinking water can fill you up and help to keep your portion sizes under control.
- Lighten up! Try making your traditional recipes a little lighter. For example, use low-sodium chicken broth in the gravy and to base the turkey; use plain Greek yogurt in the mashed potatoes, dips and casseroles to benefit from the good bacterial cultures; or use sugar substitutes such as stevia and pureed fruit in place of oil in baked goods.
- Pay attention to your plating. Use a smaller plate because larger plates lead to more food intake. Consider limiting yourself to one serving only. Besides, second helpings always taste better as leftovers the next day. Try dividing your plate into: 25% protein, 25% starches/grains, and 50% vegetables.
- Let the body and brain connection catch up. Once dinner is done, it is suggested to wait 20 minutes until you indulge in anything else, such as second helpings and/or dessert. This will allow your brain to recognize how full you really are and hopefully avoid over indulging and the potential food coma!
- Walk it off! How about instead of taking a nap after the feast, go for a walk around the block. Breathing in some fresh air and getting your blood pumping can help your digestion.
Truth or Myth? Does turkey actually make us sleepy?
Turkey seems to get blamed for being the main culprit for fatigue after the Thanksgiving feast. Believe or not, it has been wrongfully accused!
Tryptophan is an amino acid found in turkey that can help increase the production of serotonin and melatonin which helps you to sleep.
Here’s the truth… Tryptophan works best on an empty stomach, which is not the case after Thanksgiving. There is roughly the same amount of tryptophan in chicken, pork and cheese. So technically speaking, you should not feel more tired after eating turkey than you would after eating chicken or pork.
So why do we feel tired after our Thanksgiving feast? We can blame the following components:
Try this grain-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free Pumpkin Pie recipe:
For the crust:
For the filling:
What’s pumpkin pie without a whipped cream topping?
Remove all the coconut cream from 1 (14 oz.) can of coconut milk. Mix with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form (7-8 mins), add stevia and natural vanilla to taste and mix for 1 minute. Scoop on top of pie slice and add some chopped pecans.