Thanksgiving Food Coma? 8 Expert Tips to Help You Feel Your Best


Thanksgiving is hailed as the biggest meal of the year, but that indulgence often comes with a price — namely, feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and sluggish, aka the dreaded “food coma.”

“When food is the focal point of the day, we tend to eat more frequently — sometimes all day — and the menu is usually chock-full of rich foods and decadent desserts containing more sodium and sugar than typically consumed,” says Jennifer Clemente, a nutrition specialist and an Institute for Functional Medicine practitioner in Hampton Bays, New York. It’s not unusual to overeat way past your point of fullness, too. “Top it all off with a few drinks, and we have the perfect storm for bloating, gas, and feeling really stuffed,” she says.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Follow these tips for what to do before, during, and after Thanksgiving dinner to avoid the usual postmeal side effects.

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