March 10, 2014
The turkey isn't the only thing stuffed on Thanksgiving; oftentimes we feel full after a Thanksgiving dinner.
However, that has more to do with how much we've put on our plate, than what we've actually put on our plate. Besides watching portion size, it's recommended you cut down on what you eat before the meal. When the plates are empty, you're not just full, but often tired.
"People have long blamed tryptophan, an amino acid concentrated in turkey, on that sleepy feeling that we often get after a large turkey dinner. It may have more to do with the blood traveling from your brain to your stomach to help digest a rich, calorically dense meal instead, " states Registered Dietitian Dana Nahai.
A long, slow walk after the meal will start burning some calories and may help fight the downside of a large holiday feast.