MERRY STRESSMAS – The Post Black Friday Blues

Black Friday Blues


Up we go (in the middle of the night) and tear off to Walmart or wherever where we’re sure to find whatever, and whatever the kids beg for. Minivans fight for parking places like reindeer on caffeine overload. Christmas spirit? And where are we going to load all those goodies (mostly unnecessary, into the car? This is a tradition that is taking a toll on a lot of us already frantically frazzled.


Why is it stress is always at the top of your list? Where’s the time you get to lounge around in ridiculous pajamas sipping steamy hot chocolate, reminding yourself of things that have to get done. And why don’t those things ever involve anyone else pitching in? Who made this a one player team? You swear it begins to make you fruitier than a fruitcake. And just as heavy. Everyone wants…well, everything. Does price ever enter the picture? Christmas is going to the dogs, when you consider that 95% of people buy their pets gifts.



It never seems to stop. You can’t forget filling every cranny in the house with extra batteries. And then, there’s the panic that sets in when you see something that has “requires some assembly” stamped on it. We have phones that store thousands of images in the cloud, but we still stand in line for 2 hours or more to get that tacky photo of your kids sitting on Santa’s lap, who if you asked, would rather be sitting with a jumbo-sized eggnog. (excess rum included.) Then there’s the whining “I’ll die if you don’t do it” request to sit for hours watching funny Christmas cat videos. Your “naughty” nerves start to climb. You get an incontrollable urge to wrap gifts in birthday paper since you have so much. And what if you have no chimney? Does Santa just power through the wall like the Kool-Aid pitcher man? And what if Santa has gone vegan or gluten free? Do you need to put out quinoa cookies with organic soy milk?

Since you probably won’t get the Barbados thing, then all you probably want for Christmas is Tylenol, Advil, Prilosec…maybe some Ativan…. They say it’s the thought that counts—I doubt anyone wants to hear what I’m thinking.


The holidays are wall to wall with stressors (all that stuff that makes you want to scream) and all those stressors have a huge impact on your entire hormonal system. If you’re feeling stressed, your hormones have a day with your body and your hormones will be out of whack. The more your emergency stress system is activated, the easier it becomes to trigger and the harder it becomes to shut off. The most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on you. You get used to it. It starts to feel familiar — even normal. You don’t notice how much it’s affecting you, even as it takes a heavy toll. You can’t fake how rotten you feel. Wishing on a star isn’t going to do what making an appointment to see STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN MD, F.A.C.S. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH will. No one knows more about hormones and how they can affect your body. His expertise is unquestioned. His experience unparalleled. His understanding puts your mind to rest. Not to mention the rest of you. With simple tests, he can see which hormones are triggering your distress and target them head on with a treatment program tailored just for you. Right size. Right everything. Right away. So, make an appointment before your holiday cheer disappears.

No battery required.

MERRY STRESSMAS – Here comes the Holiday Stress!

Holiday Stress


As a kid, you counted the days, you soaked up the have-to-have toys on tv. You couldn’t wait to bake cookies. You hunted dauntlessly for where your parents hid the gifts. You wanted the biggest tree on the planet and stringing popcorn was high on your list. Stress? What was that? You were clueless of the headaches the approaching holidays gave your mom. This was “happy” time. For most moms, it was “labor” time. She did all the things then, that fall heavily on your shoulders now.


Yep, Santa is coming to town, along with Rudolf, the stress nosed reindeer, and if truth be known, it makes most today’s moms want to run for it. You work 50 hours a week. Take the kids to endless classes and lessons. You’re exhausted and on the edge of burn out, before Thanksgiving even comes. And oh, but how the holidays have become Pinterest and Instagram maniacal. You’re supposed to become craft mom and whip up wonders of all sorts including Santa pancakes and talking trees. And Christmas lists? Now, replaced by Christmas texts. (More often than our President’s tweets.) “Want this”. “No, want this”. “No, want both.” “Want this, and this…and this…and this…” You text trail is unnerving.


You’re probably not alone in the making a feast thing either. So, don’t feel alone.

In Iceland, the most common is probably hamborgarhryggur, which is a kind of gammon steak. Other common dishes are roast game like reindeer, ptarmigan and smoked lamb, (hangikjöt) and a great variety of steaks such as duck, turkey.

Indian people cook a variety of foods, including biryani with chicken or lamb/mutton, chicken and mutton curry, followed by cake or sweets like kheer. Long established Christian communities such as goan Catholics have pork dishes and beef dishes as part of their main course of their Christmas dinner. These include pork vindaloo and sorpatel. For dessert, a dish called bebinca is popular

Japanese Christmas cake, a white sponge cake covered with cream and decorated with strawberries, is often consumed and stollen cake, either imported or made locally, is widely available. A successful advertising campaign in the 1970s made eating at KFC around Christmas a national custom. Its chicken meals are so popular during the season that stores take reservations months in advance. (Finger lickin’ brilliant.)

But we’re talking about your world here. Turkey, ham, and a lot of what seems to have made the Thanksgiving table groan. So, it’s get-out-the-recipe time, shop ‘til you drop and then rush back to the market a dozen or so times more for the things you always seem to forget. And does Christmas dinner (eve or day) ever call for less people than you can muster up chairs for? Does it seem that everyone is bring a +one? Is chaos ever not on the menu?


Thanksgiving is barely over and Christmas comes at you like a steamroller. You’re frazzled before you even realize it. Peace might be on earth, but it’s not in your house.

And it doesn’t stop. You’re driven to distraction. The other thing you might not realize is how all the stress starts revving up your stress hormones and messing up your entire body.  Your tinsel is in a tangle and you don’t know what to do. Fortunately, putting

STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN MD, F.A.C.S. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH on your list is the best, and easiest thing you could do for yourself. He understands what a killer Christmas can be on your hormones, and with simple tests, he can wrap up your hormone imbalances in no time. Then he creates a totally unique treatment plan that’s going to feel like a true holiday present. Call now.

It will be a true reason to celebrate.

BINGE ON THIS – Healthy, Not Heavy


Think healthy. The fact is, you can easily make a Thanksgiving menu that your gut will be extremely thankful for. Taking away some of the fat and high calorie foods, doesn’t mean taking out the taste. Just cutting down on the damage that’s sure to hit when you cook up the calorie and fat combo you usually do, can do wonders. This year, put away your time worn recipes and hit the computer. Recipes galore. Recipes no one but you, will know are actually good for you. There are platters of turkey day tips to help put a halt to indigestion from an overload of all the things you look forward to and think you are entitled to.


We’re going to give you a few tips here that could help. You just have to blast the “are you kidding me?” thoughts out of your brain. So here goes:

  • Start the day with a healthy breakfast. That way you won’t be as ravenous later.
  • Keep the food in the kitchen instead of loading it on the table. People will be more aware (and sometimes even embarrassed) of getting up and down to refill their plates.
  • Use smaller plates. The less to give you gerd, and worse, my dear.
  • After dinner, try going for a walk instead of diving to the sofa or a comfy chair. Give your food a chance to digest before the half-time show.
  • Give your leftovers a makeover. Think of healthier ways to use all the food groaning to break out of your fridge the next day. It’s a lot more sensible than stuffing yourself all over again.
  • Get back on track with an exercise routine. And we’re not suggesting an

routine like the Rock lives by. Just something sensible.


Get back all your holiday hormones that are out of whack. Hormones that the Thanksgiving feast put on overload. Hormones that a totally unbalanced meal probably caused your hormones to end up in an unbalanced state. Fortunately for you, Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein at Denver Hormone Health can help. If it has to do with hormones, he’s the specialist to see. With years of experience and expertise, he knows how to get you feeling your best again. He takes simple tests which tell him exactly where your hormones stand and what to do. Then he creates a unique treatment plan to get you back in balance. Make an appointment now.

And celebrate how good he’ll make you feel.