6. Use smaller plates
One easy trick is to use smaller plates. Most sets of dishes likely include both dinner plates and salad plates. “The dinner plates are often very large and when we see the appropriate amount of food on them it can look like not much and we end up adding more than we need,” Fitzgerald said. Try using salad plates instead.
7. Move around to burn off the extra calories
Exercise the day of, or at least the day after, Thanksgiving. “Add an extra workout if you exercise on regular basis,” Pidich said. Go for a walk between courses to keep your metabolism going, Gioffre suggested. Many towns hold Thanksgiving Day family run or walks. If yours doesn’t, you can start one with your friends, family, or neighbors, Fitzgerald suggested.
8. What to eat the morning after
Fruits and vegetables are a good choice because they contain electrolytes (minerals like sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium), which will be depleted the morning after your feast due to dehydration, Fitzgerald said. They are also rich in antioxidants to help reverse the inflammation caused from alcohol intake, she added. “A great breakfast would be a smoothie made with Greek yogurt, bananas, spinach, berries, and coconut water.”
9. Water — the most powerful cure for hangovers
“The solution to pollution is dilution,” as Gioffre puts it.
You may generally drink a lot of water, but Thanksgiving is an exceptional day. You have to drink even more, Pidich said. “Water flushes the sugar out of the body.” High levels of glucose in your blood lead to more frequent urination, resulting in dehydration. You may also want to add B-vitamins, because they help relax the aggravated nerves that cause headaches, she added.
Gioffre also suggested a “detox tea.” Add one inch of turmeric root (an anti-inflammatory), one inch of ginger root (used to relieve stomach ailments), a pinch of black pepper (another anti-inflammatory), and a lemon slice to your cup of tea.
10. The truth about alcohol
“The standard for one serving of wine is only 5 ounces,” Pidich said. But glasses can contain up to 20 ounces, she added. “So you may think you only had two glasses of wine, when in fact you’ve consumed about 4 to 5 servings.” This is extra sugar and calories you can do without if you want to help your body can avoid a hangover.