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.

LET’S TALK TURKEY – The Real Leftovers

Leftovers

Try a platter of fatigue piled as high as it will go, with a dozen sides of exhaustion and even depression. Somehow, “It was wonderful”, The food was to die for, it was so good seeing everyone” doesn’t translate into ecstatic joy and contentment. So what’s to incriminate? Dish duty? Done. Clean up? Now there’s a monster. Crumbs have crawled into every nook and cranny. It’s mayhem behind the sofa pillows. You’d rather torch the house rather than vacuum. (Not really, but at this point, no one else jumps up to help.)

GERD IS OUT TO GET YOU

You looked forward to it for weeks. Months even. And now that it’s over, it seems your body is besieged.  Migraines, body aches. It’s like a torrent of wild turkeys went wild running you over. Your mood is low and you have trouble sleeping. (Unless the acid in your stomach is keeping you up popping antacids.) And you were hoping the annual Thanksgiving rite of passage would pass uneventfully. You think that every year. And feel as beaten up every year. It’s over, you can relax now. You certainly deserve it Your body is crying for it. Close your eyes…think positive thoughts…try to meditate if only for a few moments. You try. Oh, you try. But every time you try to enter an OMMMMM state, your mind wanders to the foil topped towers of leftovers in the fridge. STOP! RESET! Let your mind replay the gratitude the day is really about. It has been shown that this can cause a large reduction in cortisol (a stress hormone), and a huge increase in DHEA, a positive hormone regulator. Just think this; you did it. You were a huge success. People can’t wait to come back until next year.  (Oh, and about that…time you thought about being the guest, and not the host.)

HARK! ANOTHER ONSLAUGHT COMING

OMG! It’s Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving (or often now the night before) that is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. You’ve been inundated for weeks about the miracles of money-saving by getting out there and battling the hordes who feel they are going to beat you to that $298 huge smart TV. It used to be that the stores all opened around 6 a.m. Friday morning, but now they are open all Thursday night. (Thus the early exit of some guests.) Who isn’t drawn to Door Buster Bonuses? So you have to stand in line for hours. It’s part of the Thanksgiving tradition, like football. Only in this case, the wins are for you. What happened to getting a good night sleep, or even sleeping in to recharge? Another helping of stress, please. And, of, course, the countdown to the next big event is around the corner. Christmas. Can’t avoid this one. But we’ll get more into that next month.

BE GRATEFUL

HORMONES ARE YOUR BODY’S SECRET WEAPON.  THEY KEEP YOUR HEART THUMPING, YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM CHURNING, AND YOUR BRAIN SHARP. WHENEVER YOU FEEL “OFF”, YOUR HORMONES COULD BE THE CAUSE. THEY CAN GET OUT OF KILTER WHEN YOU’RE STRESSED, TIRED, OR EATING POORLY, AND CREATE ALL KINDS OF HAVOC. ONCE TURKEY TIME IS OVER YOU END UP IN A FATIGUE FUNK WHERE’RE YOU’RE SURE THANKSGIVING IS THE OFFENDER. BUT FATIGUE IS A TELL-TALE SIGN OF HORMONAL IMBALANCE IN WOMEN. THESE HORMONAL IMBALANCES CAN ALSO CAUSE MOOD SWINGS, INSOMNIA, DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY. ONE OF THE MOST IMMEDIATE RESULTS OF BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY IS INCREASED ENERGY AND RELIEF FROM DEBILITATING FATIGUE. FORTUNATELY, HORMONAL IMBALANCE IS HIGHLY DIAGNOSABLE AND READILY TREATABLE. BUT FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH, IT’S VITAL TO CHOOSE A HORMONE REPLACEMENT SPECIALIST WHO UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF HORMONAL BALANCE AND HOW IT IS UNIQUE TO EACH INDIVIDUAL. IN THE DENVER AREA, THAT EXPERT WOULD BE DR. STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN, M.D, F.A.C.S. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH. AFTER REVIEWING YOUR HEALTH HISTORY AND CONDUCTING AN EXAM, HE CONDUCTS A FEW SIMPLE LAB TESTS TO DETERMINE YOUR CURRENT HORMONE LEVELS. THIS INFORMATION IS ESSENTIAL FOR CREATING A CUSTOMIZED HORMONE REPLACEMENT COMPOUND TO TREAT YOUR UNIQUE PROBLEM.

SO CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT NOW.

YOU’LL BE EXTREMELY THANKFUL YOU DID.