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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