Add These Foods To Your Thanksgiving Table

By: Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

This holiday is a wonderful time to give thanks and appreciate all the good things you have in your life. Unfortunately, the downside can be digestive upsets, bloating, flatulence, fatigue and indigestion from all the excess food.

Don’t despair! It’s easy enough to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving while supporting good digestion and good health.

Here are some foods and habits you can use on this day of feasting.

Fermented Foods
Foods like sauerkraut and other fermented veggies support the digestive system and support a healthy microbiome. The microbiome not only helps to maintain a healthy immune system, it also helps to digest food, absorb nutrients and produce vitamins.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Adding ACV to salad dressing and marinades can help to optimize your digestion. It has been shown to manage blood sugar levels and reduces cravings. Apple cider vinegar boosts hydrochloric acid in the stomach and stimulates digestive enzyme production, allowing for improved digestion and nutrient absorption. Add it to warm water with a little honey to enjoy while eating your festive meal.

Lemon Wedges
Adding lemon wedges to your meals, marinades or to tea with ginger can help support bile production and fat metabolism. Lemon helps to digest the fat in the meal while also offering vitamin C and regulating blood sugar.

Tryptophan
Enjoy shellfish, turkey, chicken, eggs, legumes and/or bananas at Thanksgiving, as these foods are all full of this feel-good amino acid. Tryptophan helps to support feelings of contentment and satisfaction as well as rest and sleep. It also can help reduce sugar cravings.

Eat Slowly
Chewing your food slowly and thoroughly allows the digestive enzymes in your saliva, such as our amylase, to mix in with food, which is the beginning point of digestion. because. Your stomach-brain connection takes time to alert you that you are full. If you eat quickly, this message comes through too late—when you are already over full. When you take the time to appreciate and enjoy your meal, you naturally eat less.

Hydration
Water helps support fullness and discourages us from over eating. It also offers the benefit of reducing hangovers and the negative effects of alcohol. Drinking adequate amounts of fluids also improves the digestion of a meal. Making fun water blends naturally can be a great addition for your guests at the table.

Veg it up!
No table is complete without tons of vegetable-based side dishes. Veggies can ease and support digestion with the benefits of added fiber to fill you up. Interesting and delicious vegetable-based dishes can really make a dinner filling, interesting and healthy.

Papaya, Kiwi & Pineapple
Serve these fruits at the beginning of the meal to support protein digestion. Eating light healthy foods also helps to reduce overeating of the nibbles and the main meal. Research shows that people can consume a day’s worth of calories just in the nibbles at a holiday party.

I hope you use these simple tips to aid your digestion and support a healthier Thanksgiving.

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Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Claire Georgiou is an Australian Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist who has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Compl. Medicine) and an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition, Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience specializing in liver disease, autoimmune disease, thyroid conditions, diabetes, insulin resistance, digestive disorders, chronic infections, children’s health, fertility and pregnancy care. Claire consults in private practice in Sydney and also offers consults out of area and is an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. Claire has worked closely for many years with Dr. Sandra Cabot, who is known as the “Liver Cleansing Doctor” and has written more than 25 health related books. Claire writes health related articles, creates healthy recipes and is one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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