Thanksgiving, a time of gratitude, feasting, and togetherness, often involves indulging in a bountiful spread that leaves us in a delightful yet sometimes uncomfortable food coma. As you embrace the spirit of gratitude and gather with loved ones, let us be your companion on a Thanksgiving journey, offering holistic remedies and essential oils to help you emerge from the post-feast haze not just revived, but truly nurtured.
Here’s how to come out of your food coma post-Thanksgiving.
Before the Big Feast
As you prepare for a lavish Thanksgiving feast, consider incorporating these practices into your day. Begin by prioritizing hydration; kickstart your morning with a mug of hot water with lemon to support overall bodily functions. Following this, opt for a balanced breakfast that includes a mix of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, promoting stable blood sugar levels.
Embrace light exercise, such as a leisurely morning walk or gentle stretches, to stimulate digestion and enhance metabolic activity. Throughout the day, weave mindful breathing exercises into your routine to foster a sense of calm and reduce stress, a key component in preventing overindulgence.
Ensure a good night's sleep the evening before Thanksgiving. Quality sleep is crucial for hormonal balance, including those that regulate hunger and satiety. Take a warm shower with our Lavender Body Wash to help promote feelings of relaxation, or spritz our Tranquil Multispray on your linens to help you drift off to dreamland.
At the Table
Exercise mindfulness at the dinner table by practicing slow and deliberate chewing, savoring each bite. This conscious approach to eating allows you to better recognize signals of fullness, preventing overconsumption. Limiting alcohol and caffeine intake and opting for water or herbal tea can also contribute to overall hydration and digestive well-being.
Taking breaks between courses during your Thanksgiving feast is a mindful strategy to promote a balanced and enjoyable dining experience. By allowing intervals between dishes, you give your body the time it needs to register feelings of fullness, enabling a more accurate assessment of your satiety.
Revitalize your digestive system with a soothing abdominal massage using Source Vital Apothecary's Renew Bath and Body Oil. If you find yourself feeling sluggish or weighed down post-feast, this oil blend is designed to alleviate feelings of imbalance and support healthy elimination. Enriched with the purifying properties of Rosemary, the warming essence of Cinnamon, the grounding scent of Patchouli, and the clarifying aroma of Sage, this unique blend creates a clean, spicy fragrance that uplifts both the mind and body. To aid digestion, gently massage 6-15 drops of the Renew Bath and Body Oil into the skin, focusing on the lower abdomen.
Start on the right side of your stomach down by the bone of your pelvis. Rub in a circular motion lightly up to the right side till you reach your rib bones. Move straight across to the left side. Work your way down to the left to the hip bone and back up to the belly button for 2-3 minutes. Rub with your fingertips in a circular motion. You may press a little deeper with your fingers. Spend about 1 minute moving from the right hip bone to the right ribs then 1 minute across the middle (gently) and then 1 minute down to the left bone by your pelvis to the belly button. Repeat rub, always in clockwise motion, for 10 minutes.
Post-cleanup, it’s time for an indulgent aromatherapy bath. Add 14-20 drops of the Renew Bath and Body Oil to a warm (not hot) bath, allowing yourself to relax and soak for at least 20 minutes. To relieve the sluggish feeling even more, add ¼ cup of Renew Bath Salts to your bath as well. This holistic approach to self-care is a perfect way to address post-Thanksgiving sluggishness and promote a sense of well-being.
As the Thanksgiving feast concludes, our holistic journey wraps up with a thoughtful post-meal routine for body and mind. From pre-feast hydration and deep breathing to a mindful feast approach and a soothing abdominal massage each step fosters balance. The post-meal ritual, featuring an aromatherapy bath with Renew Bath and Body Oil, becomes the perfect finale. Emerging from the post-Thanksgiving haze, may you feel revived and nurtured, carrying the spirit of gratitude and holistic well-being into the days that follow.