Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Taming Thanksgiving Tummy Troubles

I love the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving! I love all that Thanksgiving represents - family gathering, a pause for reflection and gratitude and, of course, the turkey dinner. Unfortunately, the Thanksgiving meal is often a feast, offering more food than we normally eat! The overindulgence can result in indigestion, heartburn, gas and bloating. This year, be ready for Thanksgiving and all of your holiday parties. With a little planning, you can alleviate uncomfortable (and even embarrassing) digestive issues and enjoy your holidays even more. Here are my tips for staving off digestive upset.
1. Try it all, but in smaller portions. You CAN load your plate, just take smaller spoonfuls of everything so you don’t feel deprived.
2. Include the veggies. While turkey is often the star, don’t forget the sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans. If you are making or contributing to the meal, offer some fresh vegetables. I will be bringing roasted brussel sprouts this year (recipe below) – something that has become a favorite at my house.
3. Slow down. Eat more consciously, taking time to chew and enjoy the flavors, and to enjoy the company at the table.
4. Pass the enzymes! Enzymes are compounds that break down food into structures that make the body work. A lack of enzymes can result in difficulty digesting food, ending in indigestion, gas and bloating. An enzyme complex can help enhance digestion and alleviate some common digestive issues. Another option is ginger, an herb that helps ease indigestion and nausea.
5. Get quick relief from minerals. If you do end up with indigestion and heartburn, take a blend of alkaline minerals like magnesium and potassium hydroxide, which act quickly, and calcium carbonate, a longer lasting mineral. You can find this combination in Acid NeutralX by Paragon Pus. These help buffer the acid in the stomach, reducing irritation as well as soothing sore stomach tissue. In addition, these minerals do not interfere with the normal and very essential gastric acid secretions, as many over-the-counter medications do.
This holiday, enjoy food, family, and friends, and keep those tummy troubles away! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Recipe: Easy Roasted Brussel Sprouts 
1 TBS olive oil
¼ pound pancetta, diced
1-2 TBS coconut oil
1 lb brussel sprouts
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Add olive oil. Cook pancetta in pan until crisp. Remove pancetta to drain on paper towels.
3. Prepare Brussel sprouts by rinsing, cutting off brown ends, removing any yellow leaves, and cutting the sprouts in half.
4. Add coconut oil to skillet, making sure there is enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Once melted, add brussel sprouts and toss.
5. Put skillet in oven and let it cook for about 15 minutes.
6. Stir or toss sprouts and return to oven for 10-15 minutes, removing when nicely browned.
7. Add reserved pancetta, toss and serve.

For those who don't want the pancetta, it's just as delicious without!