How To Detox After Thanksgiving

This time of year can be incredibly stressful for us.

From making sure everyone is fed, to traveling, to being with people who tend to get the better of us.

Thanksgiving is a bittersweet time for many and more often than not, we need a detox afterwards – both physically and mentally.

Today I wanted to share my top tips for taking a wonderful detox after Thanksgiving so that you feel and look your best. These tips are directly inspired by what I have been experiencing during the holidays and I hope they help! Keep reading…


1. Make a commitment to stay hydrated

One of the biggest impacts that Thanksgiving dinners have on our bodies is causing skin issues like breakouts and bloating. To help combat this, as contrary as it may seem, keeping hydrated is really important. I always find that drinking a lot of water after heavy meals helps me feel better.

My favorite way to make sure I’m drinking enough water is to fill my hydro flask all the way to the top and drink it down to the end of the day.

Of course the best thing you can do is prevention – eat a healthy and balanced Thanksgiving meal that works well for your health goals.


2. Try a 10 Day Detox

Ever since reading Food: What The Heck Should I Eat by Dr. Mark Hyman, my view on eating healthy has changed. I find myself making way more healthier choices than I ever did before. And I’m 99% sure that these health choices have really helped my body heal and deal with chronic illness.

I’ve given up diary, sugar, and have almost given up gluten (it’s hard, ok?). But the best decision I have made with a 10 Day Detox, is to give up some of the foods that don’t help me. I am now on an anti-inflammatory diet and it’s really thanks to this detox that I found out which foods have caused inflammation within my own body.


3. Be Active

Make a commitment to be active, especially after a filling meal. I know you may feel super sleepy (turkey does that to you), but try to avoid sitting for long periods of time. It’s not a great thing to do anyways. Why not encourage your family to take a walk together after dinner? Go check out a new movie or head to the shops!


4. Take A “Me” Break

Events, dinners, even family can be stressful. Believe me, I know all too well how draining being with people who stress you out can be. Set limits and boundaries and don’t forget to take some “me” time to detox. You don’t owe anyone your time or energy. You don’t need to be over the whole weekend. Take a break from others and schedule a spa day or a day just to yourself and relax.

Stress takes its toll on us. Please don’t let it get the best of you. You deserve better.


5. Don’t forget the Probiotic

Aid digestion of heavy meals with a daily probiotic. I’ve been using the Culturelle Probiotic (avaliable at Whole Foods or here) and have been very happy. I don’t feel icky or gross after meals and it helps regulate your digestive tract. Going on a probiotic was recommended to me by my physician so consult yours before you do, as it may interact with some medications or have adverse effects. I’m just sharing with you that I’m happy with it!


Which tip do you resonate with the most? Let me know what stresses you out during the holidays! Leave a comment below

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The Petite Bijou is an online destination featuring wholesome yet sophisticated living and styling tips for women. The site is run by the family and friends of survivor, lifestyle influencer, and writer Mariam, who passed away in the summer of 2020.  Mariam also hosted The Bijou Show, a self help podcast.

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