Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Stuff the turkey, not yourself!

November 4, 2017

By Jessica “Jia” Woodruff, 

You can already see the beautiful turkey, the sweet cranberries, the potatoes and gravy and every other side dish that every member of your family insisted on bringing. And don’t even think about the pies yet. It’s mouth watering and lovely to imagine. But what about an hour after Thanksgiving? Are you imagining that? The heartburn, stomach expanding, rib cage aching, need to make a new notch in your belt?

There are a few ways to eat what you want this holiday, and avoid the heart burn, the indigestion and hopefully some broken ribs.

1. Chew your food! It’s a holiday and we’ve not only got family in town, the game on tv, but others need to be served and then the kitchen needs to be cleaned. Who has time to actually chew the food? Well, you do if you want to survive this holiday with your belt and blouse buttons intact! Get a serving of everything you want to taste, and then take a bite of each thing and chew each bite AT LEAST 30 times. This will aide digestion and will help you feel full sooner. Enjoy the food, don’t just inhale it.

2. If heart burn settles in quicker than you thought, don’t reach for the antacids. They will not help in the long run (and sometimes not even in short term). Instead drink a glass of water with two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and this will help you feel better.

3. Try to avoid drinking during the meal. The occasional sip here and there is fine, but don’t think of that glass of wine, beer, soda, or even glass of water as an additional serving. Fluids fill you up and can often create indigestion when mixed with solids during a meal. Drink before and after you eat, not during.

4. Try not to watch TV while eating. Enjoy Thanksgiving! Sit around the table with your family (the game can wait). Also, don’t serve everyone else and then stand in the kitchen while munching on handfuls of turkey. You cooked it, now take a break and enjoy it!

5. Don’t eat a huge serving of something because you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. Try everything, but there’s no reason to over do it just because someone else might be sensitive.

6. Don’t starve yourself up until the big day thinking that’s a reason to gorge yourself. If anything it will make matters ten times worse! Your stomach will shrink, even slightly, and you won’t even be able to eat as much of the small bites as you wanted to.

7. Spread the meal out. Why does Thanksgiving have to be one meal? Start around lunch time with half of the dishes then watch the game, play outside with the family, take some photos and visit with one another, then sit around the table for dinner and break out the bird! This way everyone gets to share their dish and no one leaves feeling over stuffed, to only be starving a few hours later.

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