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Gobble-Gobble Wisely This Thanksgiving to Avoid Indigestion



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Turkey, stuffing, potatoes au gratin, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, pecan pie with whipped cream, etc., etc., etc. Thanksgiving is a feast for the taste buds—and a beast for the stomach.

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American will eat more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat in a typical holiday meal. That can put a lot of stress on the stomach and lead to bloating, gas, and indigestion.

The American Gastroenterological Association offers these tips for beating Thanksgiving Day GI distress:

  • Leave getting “stuffed” to the turkey. Don’t pile it on; take a small sampling of everything you like and stop eating before you feel full. (Just think how much you’ll enjoy leftovers tomorrow!)
  • Stay up. That is, don’t lie down. Sit upright for at least two to three hours after a big meal.
  • Better yet—MOVE! Don’t give in to the recliner calling your name; take a walk instead.
  • Avoid triggers. Certain foods can cause heartburn; the biggest culprits are fatty foods, foods high in sugar, chocolate, and caffeine.
  • Don’t rush. Avoid inhaling your dinner. Take your time, eat slowly, and enjoy each bite.
  • Make a toast—but don’t get toasted. Limit your alcohol intake to avoid both the indigestion and the headache. 
Have a happy and (digestively) healthy Thanksgiving holiday!