BINGE ON THIS – The Hungry Games

Hungry

“Hunger”, “Appetite.” Every Thanksgiving, we target both, hitting them dead and center. But hunger isn’t the same as appetite. Hunger is a physical reaction due to chemical changes in your body because of the need for more food, while appetite is more psychological in nature. Appetite is one reason why you can eat so much when you’re not hungry.(Who never falls into that trap?) And when that happens, you’re on a direct path shooting for real trouble.

CARBO-BLISS

Today, Thanksgiving has become the Superbowl of eating turkey like a horse, unable to ever rein it in. Bet you’d even find “the science of orgiastic gluttony” on YouTube. And “Unbuckle Our Belts” has become the Thanksgiving Day anthem.

Think of it.

We eat before we eat.

The bar flies open.

Appetizers abound. Pigs in a pretzel. Bacon spinach dip, Thanksgiving nachos. Anything poppable or fingerable. And all before we even pull a chair up to the table.

And that’s where the real feast begins; ta-da…the main event. An obscenely huge turkey with its everyone-will-fight-over geasy, crisp turkey skin. Thick, thick creamy gravy; a virtual bacchanalia of butter. Bowls of sugar laden cranberry sauce. Mounds of potatoes. (Oooo those tiny little marshmallows) Gobs of green bean casserole. And usually hot buttery dinner rolls to help scoop it all up. (Excess on the up.)

But wait, oh wait, don’t stop there. Dessert! Pumpkin, pecan, apple, cheesecake. And not just in pie or plain. Try salted caramel apple snickers cake, caramel apple blondie cheesecake or gooey chocolate bourbon pecan pie custard cake. (be still, my stomach.) all topped with endless mounds of whipped cream. (Cool Whip, if mom is looking for the easy way out.). Peruse the net, and you’ll find 40+ Easy Thanksgiving Recipes. 72 best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes. 100+ Easy Thanksgiving Desserts. It’s a hard-core smorgasbord of gastric misery.

HOW ABOUT A SMORGASBOARD OF HELP?

Hormones can really mess up your gargantuan feast. They can hit you in the middle of the momentous and monstrous meal, or after it. If your hormones are out of balance, they can cause problems you won’t be so thankful for. Problems that can batter any body that’s eating non-stop, until the chairs start to sag. And after the leftovers that will be left and scarfed down the following day, it’s a good chance that you’re going to regret what you shoveled in. That’s why it’s a smart idea to make an appointment ahead of time to see Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein at Denver Hormone Health. No one in the Denver area knows more about the effect unbalanced hormones can have on your body.  His skill and expertise matches his caring and understanding. With simple tests, he can tell where you stand and what exactly you should do about it, creating an integrated treatment plan of hormones, nutrition and exercise, giving you relief no tub of Tums or Maalox cocktail can.

So put him on your list, like right now.

BINGE ON THIS – The Turkey Trot and Other Tales

Turkey

LOBSTER, SEAL AND SWANS…TURKEY?

O.K., here’s the real Thanksgiving story (according to some…) After a 66-day arduous journey that left them with malnutrition, exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease, the Pilgrims that somehow made it, were grateful just to be alive. Food? Not much available of anything, until the Wampanoag Indians taught them how to cultivate corn. Time to celebrate! The Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians sat down for three days…but not a turkey to be found. In fact, none of the stuff we stuff ourselves with today. It was a potluck of nothing to get excited about. Beaver, skunk, raccoon and tough, now extinct wild passenger pigeons. Oh, and 5 deer the Indians brought. Feast? Hardly. Well, on the good side, since they didn’t have a lot to gorge on, and no streaming anything to plop themselves down to watch, they probably didn’t get as much gastric distress as we suffer now. Or maybe if they did, burping and flatulence were commonly accepted.

Talking turkey, here are some facts we do know for sure. And they sure are amazing:

Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the popular women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, and the woman who wrote the classic song “Mary had a little Lamb”, was a real trendsetter for running a household, and a leading voice in establishing Thanksgiving as an annual event. Beginning in 1827, Hale petitioned 13 presidents, the last of whom was Abraham Lincoln. She pitched her idea to President Lincoln as a way to unite the country in the midst of the Civil War, and, in 1863, he made Thanksgiving a national holiday and without being conscious of it, emancipated the nation’s appetites.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, producing more than 46.5 million a year. Six states—Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, and Indiana—account for nearly two-thirds of the 248 million or so, turkeys.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005, by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust.

Oh wait, it gets better.

Thanksgiving is the reason for TV dinners! In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey (260 tons) that a salesman told them they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides like sweet potatoes — and the first TV dinner was born!

Campbell’s soup created the green bean casserole for an annual cookbook 50 years ago. It now sells $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup.

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.

And yes, the short, jerky steps of the turkey, did inspire the turkey trot, at that time considered a ballroom dance.

PUT THIS ON THE MENU

Before you pounce on the promise of fat and calories to come, you should make an appointment to see Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein at Denver Hormone Health. He knows everything there is to know about hormones and how certain ones can, with certainty, spoil the binge-o-rama you’ve been dreaming of for 365 days. To you, every tidbit (and who settles for tidbits?) is part of the eating extravaganza. But what you might not know, is that there is a serious link between hormones and holiday binging. What you think is so good, can really set off a not-so-good-for-you hormone imbalance, which in turn can turn wonderful into “whaaat?” “Why do I feel so awful?” Dr. Goldstein can explain it all and with simple tests, determine what’s going on with your hormones before a bite goes into your mouth. Call for an appointment now.

And wait until you see what he cooks up for you.

Sweet Heart – Sex, Love, and Rock and Roll

How we long to hear those three little words… “sex is great”. (You were thinking maybe “I love you”?) Hey, they both work. And we’ve been working on them both before man started walking upright. Love and sex both come from the heart (well, actually, sometimes a bit lower). It’s a bit of scientific foreplay that the act of loving actually improves your heart health. Sex figures into that, too. Any way you look at it, it rocks.

Cupid’s Not Stupid

Remember when you were in kindergarten and Mrs. Whoever-She-Was had the class make paper Valentines? For most of us, it was pretty fun. Mostly we made them for our Moms. (Big hit.)  As we start to develop sexually, Mom was replaced in the picture with the amazing Blond in Chem (male, or female). Getting crushy gives you butterflies in your stomach and a racing heartbeat. As an adult, those feelings intensify, making your brain release hormones such as dopamine, adrenaline, and norepinephrine, which make your heart beat faster and stronger. Being hit by love’s arrow is a heart health bullseye.

Lust’s a Must

Lust is a hormone-driven phase of attraction that stimulates desire…alright…, “the hots”. Our bodies tell us we “just gotta get it.” When broken down, there are actually millions of reasons to have sex. (Oh, what luck!)  Here are just a few:

  • Sex relieves tress
  • Sex lowers your blood pressure
  • Sex helps you lose weight
  • Sex helps you sleep
  • Sex boosts immunity
  • Sex burns calories
  • Sex boosts self-esteem
  • Sex improves intimacy
  • Sex strengthens pelvic floor muscles
  • Sex reduces the risk of prostate cancer
  • Sex can stop heart attacks

A recent study showed that men who had sex at least twice a week had a 45 percent drop in the rate of heart attacks, even when factors like age, weight, and cholesterol levels were taken into account. If that isn’t a big-time reason to hop into the sack, what is?

The Sweetest Taboo

Sade, made this thought a big hit when they recorded The Sweetest Taboo, in 1985. Consider one of the lyrics, “And I never felt this hot before.” Sex is identified with reproduction and power in our youth-oriented culture.  So, older people “wanting it” and “doing it”, is appalling to them. Horny old broads, dirty old men. Sorry, guys, there is no age limit on sexuality. According to a survey by the AARP (the organization formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons), in 60- to 70-year-olds, 46 percent of men and 38 percent of women have sex at least once a week, as did 34 percent of those 70 or older. (Shocker alert!) A Duke University study shows that some 20 percent of people over 65 have sex lives that are better than ever before. Which keeps their hearts beating more. Ah…sweet.

Birds, Bees, and Hormones

Low libido is just one of the endless list of symptoms that could be the result of an imbalance in your hormones. (No Valentine cards to cover that fact.) That’s where bioidentical hormones come in. They are completely identical to the hormones in our bodies. They’re not chemically altered like synthetic hormones which could alter your sex drive, driving it right into reverse. That’s where Dr. Stephan A. Goldstein, M.D, F.A.C.S at Denver Hormone Health comes in. With years of experience and expertise in successfully treating hormone imbalances, he knows just how to get your sex engine roaring again. With simple tests, he gets a clear picture of what’s going on. Which allows him to create a treatment plan uniquely tailored to your needs. So, call to make an appointment to see Dr. Goldstein now.

He’ll put you totally in the mood.