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Don't host another Thanksgiving without these tips and tricks.
You Will Need
- Loose clothing
- Ginger, peppermint, or chamomile tea (optional)
Don't blame the turkey
Don't blame the turkey for your annual Thanksgiving dinner food coma: It's a myth that the amino acid tryptophan in turkey causes drowsiness. More likely, your lethargy is a result of too many carbohydrates in the form of stuffing, potatoes, and pie.
Loosen your pants
Loosen your pants -- or whatever garment is hugging your tummy -- if you can. Helping your stomach expand aids the digestion process.
Resist the urge to lie down
Resist the urge to lie down: Being horizontal won't just interfere with your body's ability to digest your meal; it may send food into your esophagus, causing heartburn.
Enjoy an after-dinner drink
Enjoy a digestif -- a cordial or liqueur taken after a meal to aid digestion; it will help you survive the annual Thanksgiving dinner food coma by relaxing the muscle that empties the stomach.
Take a 15-minute stroll. Light exercise, like walking, helps food move along the digestive tract so you won't feel so sluggish. If bloating is making you feel like a beached whale, put on some lively music and get everyone dancing; working up a sweat can help release fluids your body is holding onto. Not to mention help burn off that second piece of pumpkin pie