Must Read! 3 Fast Tips to Avoid Thanksgiving Dinner Indigestion, Heartburn, Hyperacidity & Stomachaches
Hey Mama! Happy Thanksgiving ? We know you are likely busy with the hustle and bustle of the festivities, but we felt like we needed to send out a quick message with some tips to help you survive Thanksgiving dinner without getting a stomachache.
Indigestion, heartburn, hyperactidity and stomachaches in pregnant women may seemingly get a wee bit into medical territory though, so first I want to add a disclaimer. Neither I, the author, nor any associate of Amalou Skin is a medical doctor. As such we are in no way administering medical advice in the content of this blog post. Any suggestions or recommendations given are made purely as ideas for you to entertain. If you have any questions or doubts about anything you read here, you know who to call! Er, your doctor!
OK then, moving on. Despite a year of ups and downs, if you are reading this right now chances are, in comparison to 90% of the rest of the world’s population, you are way blessed beyond measure. There is soooo much to be thankful for, so much to celebrate. Perhaps as a result of abundance we enjoy, we can sometimes tend to overdo it. Ironically, the ill effects of over-indulgence can be on par with the ill effects of the opposite – extreme deprivation.
Enough of waxing philosophical, we promised to make this short(er). What can you do, right now, to prevent or avoid the bad effects of feasting during Thanksgiving dinner? I mean, do you really want to be swaggering around after dinner, swigging Pepto-Bismol like Ms. Hannigan downing whiskey in Annie? We thought not.
(1) Uno – Get Your Mindset Right Then Make Plan
Before you head off to grandma’s house for thanksgiving dinner, think it through. The pure allure of food can be intoxicating, especially during the holidays. You know this, we know this. Knowing is half the battle. Putting that knowing to good use is the other half of the battle. Understand that you will be sorely tempted. Create some intentions before you go to dinner about what you will and won’t eat, and in what ways you will be mindful during the laughter, good cheer, mirth and … overindulgence going on around you.
Finally, build in wiggle room to satisfy some of your cravings, while not going totally buck-wild and throwing all caution to the wind. If you find yourself having a hard time staying on track during the meal, remind yourself that many, many pregnant mamas across the country will experience heartburn, indigestion, nausea, bloating, diarrhea – even constipation, after or even during the meal — and that this does NOT have to be you. Why? Because you are much smarter than that.
(2) Dos – Take it Easy during Thanksgiving Dinner
Smile and chat more, shovel in mouthfuls less. When you fill your plate, take a wee bit smaller portions and even leave some room. Maybe use a salad plate instead of a full dinner plate. Don’t eat everything on the table – choose a good combination. Go light on the Carbs. Breads, cakes, cookies, pies, pasta, pizza, chips, and crackers, etc. fill you up fast without providing much nutrition. Sweets in particular will overtax your body’s ability to regulate insulin and can stimulate the production of unfriendly bacteria.
Knowledge is power – to make better choices. Now you know. On a similar note, when you do (finally!) take a bite of something – take a smaller bite. When you chew that bite, chew it slowly, and more. Chew it until it is liquid in your mouth. Doing this will help you be more mindful while you eat which will smash the overeating cycle to smithereens.
Another trick to break the overeating cycle is when you feel yourself in the eating groove, stop and take a break. Steve Meyerowitz, the late Sproutman, suggests getting up from the table and visiting the bathroom even if you do not need to. He suggests cleansing your palate while you are in there. You could rinse out your mouth, suck on a mint, brush your teeth, or just use some mouthwash. When you cleanse your palate you are effectively shutting down the sensory neurons on the tongue (taste buds), which will stop the transmission of electrical impulses to your brain. That will break the tongue-brain-stomach neural pathway and put you back in the driver’s seat.
(3) Tres – Drink and Be Merry Responsibly
By drink, I obviously am not advocating drinking alcohol while you have a wee bun in the oven. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Water is life. Mainstream soda (as delicious as they can taste) is poison. By “poison” I mean their contents contain refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors and artificial flavors. They are, in effect, liquid junk food.Whatever you decide to imbibe, do yourself a favor and drink mostly before you eat. During the meal it is advisable to sip small amounts – just enough to lubricate stomach contents. If you are slowly chewing bites until they become liquid in your mouth, a lot of drinking is not necessary. Also, it is a good idea to avoid ice cold drinks because ice numbs the stomach and reduces the flow of digestive enzymes.
In conclusion, remember that the size of your stomach on average is that of a 12 x 6 inch sack and it is elastic so it will stretch. If rather than wolf down another piece of pie, you instead stay present and deeply interested in whatever the relative is closest to you has going on in their lives, you might outsmart yourself from going back for thirds. Ask questions and share how things are going with you. The more you connect with your peeps, the less time you will have to gorge yourself.
And don’t forget – some research indicates a clogged gut can contribute to skin conditions such as acne. So keep yourself in check! Good luck, we believe in you – You got this!
Sproutman’s Guide to Gastronomical Survival During the Holidays
Headaches and Indigestion During Pregnancy – Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Australia
How To Avoid Post-Thanksgiving Bloat/Indigestion – She Lives Clean
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