Your Thanksgiving Food Coma Survival Guide

October 7, 2018
by Jacqueline Parisi Lifestyle

    A few too many indulgences got you in a Thanksgiving food coma? Learn which foods put you to sleep, why they do, and how to wake back up again. 

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    No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without an excessive number of sides, one too many slices of pie, the inevitable dose of family drama, and a food coma to top it all off. You may have been ravenous at the first glimpse of creamy mashed potatoes, but the end of the meal has you vowing to never cook, eat, or think about food EVER AGAIN.

    Everyone sluggishly migrates over to the couch to sleep it off and not even the roaring sound of your aunt snoring can wake you up. No way. You’re out like a light.

    But unlike what some may believe, turkey’s not the only culprit behind all those post-Thanksgiving ZZzzsssss. Although the meat does contain tryptophan, an amino acid helping produce serotonin and, in turn, sleep-inducing melatonin, there are a whole slew of other foods loaded with it, like:

    • Chicken
    • Seafood
    • Dairy
    • Nuts and Seeds
    • Legumes

    So why don’t those foods make us feel equally as drowsy? Well, it turns out the large quantity of food we eat on turkey day may be to blame, not the tryptophan.

    Thanksgiving is a time we tend to overeat, especially when it comes to carbs and high-sugar items. This causes our pancreas to work overtime to produce enough insulin to deal with it all. And with a spike in insulin comes a corresponding spike in serotonin and melatonin.

    Turkey, it’s safe to say you’re off the hook.

    To recover from a food coma, be sure to:

    1. Drink lots of lemon water and/or herbal tea.

    Not only are these beverages delicious, they’re also the best way to help your body relax after your holiday food adventures.thanksgiving-food coma-recover-herbal-tea-HelloFresh

    2. Eat a balanced breakfast with healthy fats, lean proteins, and whole grain carbs.

    Some oats or granola with yogurt is the perfect way to kick yourself back into high-gear after the holidays.

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    3. Load up on colourful, fibrous foods.

    If we’re being honest, we think colourful foods are the best way to solve any situation. thanksgiving-food coma-recover-colorful-fibrous-foods-HelloFresh

    4. Lace up for a nice and long post-Thanksgiving stroll.

    If you decide exercise is your weapon to beating your Thanksgiving food coma, here are some of the best foods you can Eat Before or After Working Out. thanksgiving-food coma-recover-exercise-running-HelloFresh-thanksgiving food coma

    If you’re still not sick of pumpkin everything (because let’s be real, you’ll be craving all the Thanksgiving foods again in no time), we’ve got The Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe to get you back to work after the holidays.

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