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Thanksgiving dinner is finished. The dishes have been washed, the food stored, and you settle in for a Thanksgiving nap on the couch. You’re knee-deep in the battle with the food baby caused by large portion sizes and bloating. Then it hits. Fluctuance. We’ve all been there. It’s expected from that uncle who has been taking a nap in that same recliner for 55 years but not from you.

Chances are it’s not your mothers cooking that did you in, but the food itself. Between the overeating, water retention, and gas-inducing bloat, that food baby is borderline dangerous. Lets be honest, you’re not going to avoid the delicious food on the table, but you can strategize.

Here is a list of the top items making you toxic on Thanksgiving and a few other year-round culprits!

  • Mashed Potatoes

    What is the purpose of Thanksgiving if the mashed potatoes aren’t fluffy? All of the added cream and cheese that go into the perfect mashed potatoes are a leading culprit.

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  • Turkey

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    Its nearly impossible to avoid the turkey on Thanksgiving, but you can chose the wrong bird. Many turkeys are injected with sodium. Try to avoid a sodium heavy bird to decrease water retention and bloating!

  • Green Bean Casserole

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    Green Bean Casserole is a classic. The family recipe has passed down from one great-aunt to another. Now it’s causing gas and bloating across multiple generations of the family. Perhaps it’s time to let the recipe pass on.

  • Rolls

    Okay, no dinner rolls on Thanksgiving just feels wrong. But the gluten in refined carbs can cause you to bloat up while those carbs will increase your water retention. Best advice: limit the quantity, especially if you are going to eat a bread based stuffing.

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  • Butter

    Who doesn’t love butter on their rolls? 65% of the world’s population is unable to breakdown lactose, the sugar found in milk. Lactose intolerance could elevate your post dinner naps from gas and bloating to cramping and diarrhea. You won’t be thankful then.

  • Cooked Carrots

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    Cooked carrots with a brown sugar glaze are the growing jewel of any good Thanksgiving meal. Warm, sweet, and you can convince yourself they are a healthy snack.  However, that combination can be bombastic for your stomach. Take your foot off the gas and find another “healthy” addition to your meal.

  • Stuffing

    StuffingWhere to begin? Stuffing contains refined carbs and gluten from the bread, high levels of sodium from the adds on like sausage and bacon, fruits and veggies which cause bloating, and other veggies such as brussels sprouts and fruits such as apples that can cause gas.

  • Gravy

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    That gravy boat, the USS Water Retention, is more like an endless pit of sodium.

  • Pie

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    The perfect end to Thanksgiving is pie. However, it all comes back to lactose and sweeteners (which you’ll read about soon!).

  • Carbonated Beverages

    pewter pint beer glassSoda, Beer, Champagne, and other carbonated beverages cause gas to get trapped in your stomach. Fizz Free is fluctuance free.

  • Brussel Sprouts

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    Sure, you want to be healthy, but you also want to be able to digest your food. Brussel sprouts are notorious for causing gas and bloating due to their difficulty to be digested.

  • Broccoli

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    Every plate needs some color, but broccoli, a member of cruciferous vegetable family, is likely to make you toxic during that nap.

  • Garlic

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    Garlic is good at repelling vampires and family members who want to sit too close. For some, garlic is likely to cause bloating, belching, and gas.

  • Beans

    beansBeans are a classic bloat inducing, gas causing food! While not a traditional Thanksgiving food, these are a prime culprit to cause bloat and gas.

  • Onions

    Caramelized OnionsOnions are one of the most commonly used foods despite their bloat causing nature. Did you know onions can ferment in your small intense due to the bacteria in the gut?

  • Sugar Alcohols

    Sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol are commonly used sweaters found in sugar free food, especially gum. These sugar alcohols can’t be digested by the human body and undergo fermentation in the large intestine. Too many sugar alcohols and not only will you be bloated, but you’ll also have diarrhea.

  • Canned Cooked Products

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    Canned cooked foods are known for their high levels of sodium! Too much sodium inhibits the kidney’s from clearing it out and increases your water retention and your bloating. Instead of eating them, maybe you should just can it!

  • Dried fruits, nuts, and protein bars

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    Does your purse have a nut bar in it that’s been there for a few years? Well, best to leave it there. For those with any level of fructose intolerance, these bars are going to lead to bloating.

  • Button Mushrooms

    Button Mushrooms are common in SO many recipes. Button mushrooms contain sugar alcohols which cannot be digested by the body. Instead of being digested, they ferment in the small intestine. With the amount of food that ferments, it’s starting to sound like our bodies are actually producing mead… which also causes bloating.

  • Dairy Alternatives

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    Lactose intolerant? Not to worry, your dairy alternative is going to cause bloating and gas anyways. Dairy alternatives use carrageenan, which is an extract from red to purple seaweed to thicken as well as emulsify soy and almond milk.