Monthly Archives: November 2008

S.O.S. for Stuffed Tummies

David and I are heading to his folks’ house for the big meal, and it will be delicious! His mom makes this incredible skillet-style Southern cornbread, and his sister is famous for her orange-ginger-cranberry sauce!

It’s so easy to overeat because everything is so delicious.

But if you’re like me, even though you like to eat, you don’t like to feel uncomfortably stuffed.

Luckily, I have a few tips and tricks for what to do if you’re feeling too full. This is what I call…

S.O.S. for Stuffed Tummies

1. Make sure you only eat what you really love. No need to fill up on all the roasted nuts or crackers and cheese, because you can probably get that any time of the year. But that Southern cornbread stuffing? That’s what I’m going to make room for!

2. If you like to drink, be sure to alternate one glass of water with each glass of alcohol. Not only is alcohol filling (and high in insulin-raising sugar) but it’s also dehydrating.

3. Chew your food really well, and put your fork down between bites. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to catch up with your stomach, so slow down, please! The better you chew, the better your digestion, too.

4. Get up and move after the meal. Help with the dishes, or better yet, go for a walk! We love to walk down to the beach. I think it’ll be low tide this Thursday evening, which makes it even nicer.

Uh-oh: Got stuffed anyway? Don’t worry…

1. Loosen your belt. Restrictive clothing can slow down the digestive process and add to your tummy upset.

2. Take a couple of digestive enzymes to help break down the rich food.

3. Have a fiber drink to help sop up excess ingested fat.

4. Take a liquid calcium-magnesium supplement to calm heartburn and soothe any digestive issues.

5. Sip on a cup of ginger tea to ease any feelings of nausea.

(Buy the supplements at Trader Joe’s or your favorite health food store.)

Feeling better? Good! Now go enjoy some seconds!! It’s the holidays, remember?

Now what are your tips and tricks for surviving the holidays?

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P.S. You can listen to Peggy’s radio segment where she gives all her tips for SOS for Stuffed Tummies!  “The Heath and Wellness Clinic with Peggy Hall” is broadcast every Wednesday morning on the ABC Radio Network!

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How To Heal Surfing Injuries Faster

Not that I ever wipe out, mind you — but there are those among us who do get injured while surfing.  And of course, most of us deal with common aches and pains in our back, shoulders, neck, knees, hips and hamstrings.

Luckily, the Yoga for Surfers program helps eliminate and prevent those everyday aches and pains, but once in a while, we over do it and have to stay out of the water for a while.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you heal those injuries faster and get back in the water as soon as possible.

First, be sure you haven’t broken a bone or torn a muscle which might need surgery to repair.  Otherwise, a strain or pull is when the muscle tendon or ligament has been stretched beyond its normal capacity. Yoga can actually aggravate it.

How can you tell? Well, if a muscle feels tight and sore from overuse, then movement and stretching makes it feel better.

On the other hand, if you feel swelling, tenderness and it hurts like hell when you move it, then you’ve most likely got a strain or pull.
In this case, rest is what helps best. Some gentle stretching is fine, just to bring some circulation and healing nutrients to the injured area but avoid doing anything that causes pain.

A strain is not like a “sore” muscle that is fatigued or tight, so it’s not like you can “stretch it out” to make it feel better.

So what can you do to feel better?

  • Make sure to warm up before doing any activity. Do some walking and deep breathing just to get the blood moving.
  • Try ice or heat therapy. Different injuries (and different people!) respond better to one or the other. Warm moist compresses can bring blood to the area but can increase inflammation. Cold packs can reduce swelling and pain. Never put ice or heat directly on the skin! Use a thin towel or sheet for protection.
  • Visualize the area as getting healthy and strong. Let go of any frustration or anger directed at yourself, the injury, or your body. Those thoughts release negative chemicals that delay healing. Say and think the words “I’m healing” and you will!! I know it sounds corny, but it can’t hurt!
  • Work with a physical therapist to see if they suggest any recommended treatment such as ultrasound (can be very effective) therapeutic massage or specific exercises.

Once you’re on the mend, ease your way back in to doing more activity. The Yoga for Surfers program will help you stretch and strengthen all those areas that need special attention.

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