We all overeat every once in a while. The holidays in particular can be difficult for those who are on a diet.
If you overeat, don’t feel bad about it. It happens to all of us.
Here are some things you can do when it happens.
Take a break and lie down.
Your stomach is an organ, and it requires a lot of energy to process food. There is a reason why your stomach hurts. It’s because your body is working.
Think about when your mom told you not to swim after eating.
You probably wouldn’t drown, but it would be hard for your body to concentrate on swimming. All your blood is rushing to your stomach.
It’s hard for other areas of your body to work with so much going on.
Take a nap or sit on the couch and turn on the TV. Don’t worry about the fact that you’re being lazy. Your body deserves a break.
Just don’t rest for too long.
Eventually you’ll need to work off the calories that you ate.
- Change Habits
Be proactive and keep yourself from overeating.
If you overeat because you’re high, think about switching the way you smoke. Marijuana is known for bringing on the munchies.
Overeating is especially a problem if you eat edibles. Edibles can be particularly difficult to recover from.
Here is a guide from Veriheal on how to recover from overindulging on edibles.
Eating before you smoke might not make much of a difference. When you’re high, your body can’t understand that it’s already full.
Switch to cannabis products that don’t contain THC.
CBD oils and products will keep you from getting high. However, they still contain all of the medical benefits. So it’s like getting the best of both worlds.
Try consuming healthy edibles to avoid feeling stuffed. Switch out the sugars for honey if you bake. Or see about finding recipes that have less fat.
You don’t need to give up weed.
- Drink Tea
Staying hydrated is very important.
Your body can’t process food if you don’t have enough water.
Most people are dehydrated without even realizing it. You should be drinking at least two liters of water everyday. If you exercise, you should have more.
Water helps you digest your food. If you can’t digest, you’ll feel stuffed from overeating. You should always drink water while you eat.
Tea is another good way to stay hydrated and healthy.
Mint tea is the perfect way to finish a meal. Mint is great for your stomach. It will keep you from feeling too full.
There are particular teas designed for indigestion. Some teas are specifically designed for weight loss.
Drink these to prevent yourself from overeating.
You don’t want to overdo this when you’re full.
If you’ve overeaten, you won’t be able to do too much exercise.
However, a good walk will help you. Here are some light exercises from Healthline. Once your food has digested, try them.
Regular exercise will help you maintain a healthy metabolism.
You should exercise for at least an hour a week. Ideally, you should do more. But some exercise is better than no exercise.
Don’t worry. You don’t have to become a professional athlete. In fact, you shouldn’t avoid the mistake of pushing yourself.
Most people start working out too quickly when they begin. This will only backfire and damage your body. Start with something easy like walking.
Once you get into the habit of exercise, you’ll find you can eat more.
Exercise is a must for foodies.
- Fresh Air
Get outside and take a few deep breaths.
Indoor air is not as good for you as the real thing.
If you can, see about eating outside. You’ll find that your meal is much more enjoyable al fresco.
You’re also less likely to feel bloated if you’re outside.
That’s because your body is constantly being refilled with fresh oxygen. If you’re eating indoors, you’re only consuming recycled air conditioned or heated air.
Combine this with exercise.
Head outside for a walk down the block. It’s a great way to continue your mealtime conversation.
Overeating isn’t good for you, but it happens. When it does, take care of yourself.