How to avoid feeling bloated and nauseous after your holiday buffet—or how to treat if you’re reading this a little too late.

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The big day is finally here! Happy holidays to you and yours! We’re off celebrating time with our loved ones and reflecting on the past year and the year ahead. We’re appreciating the little things—and that includes a second slice of Grandma’s delicious apple pie (if she brings it, fingers crossed!).

While the holidays are all about seeing family and friends while also appreciating your alone time, it’s not a stretch to say that the majority of that time will be spent surrounded by food that smells heavenly but is anything but for your digestive system.

If we happened to catch you before you head off to your family dinner, here are some tips you can use to avoid overindulgence and the uncomfortable symptoms that follow. (If we didn’t catch you in time, skip to the end for a quick fix.)

Tips for Avoiding the Holiday Dinner Bloat

1. When the turkey gets passed around, opt for white meat instead of dark and avoid the skin. White meat contains fewer calories and less inflammation-promoting salt.

2. Load up on healthy, non-starchy vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans or Brussels sprouts and when possible, choose yams over regular white potatoes. This will help you limit you caloric intake, especially if you season them with a squeeze of lemon in place of butter.

3. Bring a leaner side dish with you. If you’re heading to someone else’s house for dinner, offer to bring a side dish. This way, you can bring a quinoa or bulgur-based dish that’s sure to fill you up and avoid bloating compared to those starchy mashed potatoes.

4. Don’t eat to your heart’s content if you want dessert. You can certainly eat that small slice of pie if—and only if—you cut yourself off early during the main course. Don’t eat seconds of turkey and stuffing if you want to dessert to allow yourself the room for those extra carbs.

For more tips, see “Beat the Holiday Dinner Bloat.”

Too Late to Prevent It? How to Treat Bloating and Nausea

161225 holidayhack12 middleFor some relief from your overindulgence (I’m likely to fall into this camp), reach for a chewable anti-nausea or antacid treatments. For those with food sensitivities, try a medication like Nauzene ($13.49 for 40-count, Shoppers Drug Mart) that doesn’t contain salicylates, which can cause further nausea, headaches and more. As always, it’s best to check with the pharmacist before taking any new medications to ensure you can avoid any potential drug interactions.