a belly full of…aches

a belly full of...aches--Journey for JessiAs I sit here, I feel my aching stomach contemplating the week of indulgences I have succumbed to.  Asking myself, “what happened?  Where did my will power go?”  I am writing this, not only for myself, but for all of you that are dealing with the all too familiar aftermath of Thanksgiving.So many potatoes, so many rolls, the pie, the sugar, the carbs…every morsel of food that makes Thanksgiving, well Thanksgiving dinner.

I woke up this morning and I am now feeling the weight (literally) of not just yesterday, but the week in general.  I have indulged a bit too much being home this time.  Eating foods that I normally do not consume, like s’mores and cereal, lots and lots of cereal.  I feel a sore stomach from all the expanding it has been doing this week.  My body aches at every joint due to my overabundance of sugar.  I have felt tired and groggy, not wanting to wake up in the morning and do my usual morning kick-start workouts.  I feel just plain old weak and boy do I hate it.

a belly full of...aches--Journey for JessiSo what to do?  Well, this morning I woke up at 9am (much earlier than I have been), I made some tea and 2 large egg whites for breakfast.  I consider this a minor victory of willpower in passing up that leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast.  That is what I plan on doing to get back on track, just taking one little victory at a time and enjoying my last two relaxing days at home until I get back into the routine.

Here are some tips that I plan on focussing on to let my body calm down after the storm this week:

  1. Drink a lot of water. A LOT.
  2. Stick to a fresh regimen.  Like apples and carrots for snacks.
  3. Keep moving throughout the day.  Take a little walk (or help your mom put up the Christmas tree like me!)
  4. Save the leftover pie for after a healthy dinner–not for breakfast or a snack.  Make it a small piece too and skip the whipped topping, though delicious it is just added sugar. Bonus if you made my Protein Pumpkin Pie!
  5. More water!  What? Already on the list? Drink it anyways!
  6. Stretch out the body and meditate before bed.
  7. Smile more!  Do not stress too much about the Thanksgiving bloat, added stress means more stress on the body.  Just drink tea and calm down.

I hope these tips will help you out!  Let me know below in the comments or if you have any questions.


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