We all that know that post-holiday meal feeling. After several servings of meat, heaps of mashed potatoes, a slice or two of pie, and maybe an extra glass of wine, you're feeling pretty yucky.
Turns out you're not the only one. A survey done by British drug manufacturer Gaviscon found that three in five people gobble down Christmas dinner and don’t take the time to savor their food. That rush to eat (and do the dishes) had 25 percent feeling bloated and uncomfortable, while another third of the folks surveyed felt bad for eating so much.
Even if this is your M.O., there are things you can do to keep heartburn at bay without sacrificing your traditional feast:
Don't gobble! Just because turkeys do it doesn't mean we have to. Slow down and enjoy every mouthful of your delicious meal.
Head outdoors. A short stroll will help you digest your Christmas dinner AND avoid the washing up!
Space out the goodies. Wine, pecan pie, chocolates, AND hor d'oeuvres? Christmas treats are best enjoyed throughout the day. If you can, ask someone else to take charge of them or place dishes in different rooms so you physically have to get up to reach them.
Dress comfortably. Slip on elastic-waist pants or a skirt. Tight clothes just squeeze your intestines, producing more bloat and gas.
De-stress. Rushing around ticking every item off your Christmas list? Remember to set aside enough time to relax. A bath on Christmas Eve or listening to some festive yet soothing holiday music while you're prepping your feast can help you unwind.
Lower the calorie count. We're not saying don't indulge. But make healthier swaps. One to try: Nonfat plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. (Trust us, NO ONE will know the difference.)
If you do end up suffering from symptoms of heartburn over the holiday season, take some over-the-counter indigestion-busting medication.
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