Promises have been made and broken before. We’re all guilty of that, but what’s done is done. What’s important is that we do something now to make things better for today and the future.

This sentiment applies to overeating during the holidays. It feels bad physically when you eat too much and it feels bad emotionally when you know you’ve broken a promise to yourself. But, you don’t need to dwell on it, just do something different beginning right now. Start by going back to your healthy routine. Don’t try to compensate by eating less than what you normally eat. Walk more, move more, and be positive about bouncing back!

Having a positive attitude and implementing your plan will go a long way. Remember, especially during this time of year – food is not a reward and exercise is not a punishment! Food is how you nourish your body so you can live, and exercise is a celebration of the amazing things your body can do!

6 tips on relieving the uneasy feelings of fullness

1. Relax. Brittany Linn, RD, says that, as a rule, you shouldn’t beat yourself up over one day of too much tryptophan.
2. Drink water. Water will help reduce bloating and help with constipation.
3. Stay Awake. Stay awake for at least two hours after you eat to give your body time to digest.
4. Move. This will help with GI motility and with reducing high blood glucose levels.
5. Try tea. The calming drink can relieve indigestion, gas, and bloating.
6. Reset. Getting back to your regular eating routine is the best thing you can do.


What is Tryptophan?

It’s truly the season for talk of tryptophan, which is often blamed for the drowsiness we feel after the gluttony of our holiday feast.

Tryptophan (a.k.a. L-tryptophan) is an amino acid necessary for growth and the production of niacin and serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter known to play a role in the regulation of appetite, mood, sleep, and many other important physiological processes.

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8 Herbal Teas to Help Reduce Bloating

1. Peppermint
2. Lemon Balm
3. Wormwood
4. Ginger
5. Fennel
6. Gentian Root
7. Chamomile
8. Angelica Root