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Ah, the holiday season is officially in full swing. For most of us, this means fun parties and cocktails and entertaining and running around crazy to pick out gifts and decorations. Not to be a party pooper, but the average Thanksgiving dinner has over 2,000 calories. This doesn’t count pumpkin pie for dessert! Or wine with dinner! And leftovers. If you wake up feeling bloated from overindulging, here are a few ways to loosen the belt buckle again.

Try hot water with the juice of one fresh squeezed lemon upon rising. It is incredibly alkalinizing to the body (offsetting the acidic nature of too much sugar and starchy foods), and stimulates peristalsis to get digestion moving. It’s also cleansing for the liver.

Grate fresh ginger into a mug and pour hot water over it. Let it steep, strain if you like, and sip. You can also add lemon or honey. Ginger is warming and also incredibly beneficial for digestion: it helps to increase beneficial stomach acids to help break down your food. Try it before and after meals. Ginger is one of my favorite herbs. It helps nausea and can calm an upset stomach or indigestion after a big meal.

Try this liver flushing tea to recover from too much boozing:
2 lemons, juiced
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp fresh grated ginger root
3 c pure filtered water, heated to almost boiling
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
stevia to taste if desired
Combine and drink.

Finally, get out there and move it! Take a walk to burn some calories and burn off stress. Stay centered with yoga or deep breathing this holiday season. Stay tuned for holiday recipes and tips.