LET’S TALK TURKEY – Food Coma

Food Coma

Why is it you feel so sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner?  Is the turkey really the guilty party?  Who is the true culprit of the lethargic feeling experienced after a heavy Thanksgiving dinner?  Is it just an act to get out of dish duty?

Let’ so start with the facts:  We know Turkey contains L-tryptophan, an essential amino acid with a documented sleep inducing effect- a natural sedative.  The body cannot produce L-Tryptophan; we have to get it and other amino acids from food.  L-Tryptophan helps the body produce niacin, which assists in the production of serotonin, a chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain.  So it sounds like the turkey is the guilty party after all, however, it is not.  L-Tryptophan only has those effects if it is taken on an empty stomach, without other amino acids or protein.

So why is it we desperately want to conk out after a heavy thanksgiving dinner if it’s not the turkey?  I suppose the word “heavy” may be the key here.  Thanksgiving dinner is heavy and high in carbohydrates, as well as fats.  Carbohydrates fuel the pancreas to emit insulin, which causes amino acids to battle L-Tryptophan and causes it to leave the bloodstream and enter muscle cells, which in turn amplifies the concentration of L-Tryptophan in the bloodstream. Serotonin is synthesized and you begin to feel sleepy.  Fats take a significant amount of energy to digest, which also results in fatigue.  If you throw alcohol into the mix you are going to intensify the feeling even more.

Lullaby…

Ever notice it’s hard to keep our eyes open once we haven’t been able to keep our mouths shut? Oh, for the sofa…just a little nap. We really should have exercised some restraint, but the only thing we give our bodies Thanksgiving Day is a digestive workout. And instead of stimulating us, we poop out. Even conversation seems an effort. All the food may explain the “food coma” many people experience after a big meal (and beyond.) Although popular wisdom holds that Thanksgiving drowsiness is caused by L-Tryptophan, it has been shown that the amount isn’t significant enough to affect most people. The culprit is food fatigue.

 

FOOTBALL BINGING

Whether you’re a breast man (or woman), leg man (or woman), heck, even a wingman (or woman), there’s something you all have in common. People are eating earlier not to digest their turkey parts and hordes of trimmings, but to ingest more football, a tried and true part of the Thanksgiving tradition. But this is merely a sitting sport for the overly indulged. Hour after hour of not moving except to stand up and scream at appropriate moments in the game. Something is wrong here. The players are out there running across the middle and pushing their bodies to the limit. No way around it, though, binge watching is a derelict distraction from getting the exercise you should be getting. And binge watching doesn’t burn calories. Sorry.

NO PAIN, NO PIE

The only thing that is going to help you get back on track, is getting back to exercising. How to start? Don’t go anywhere near a scale or mirror. Ever seen a python after it’s swallowed an animal? Sheer terror. Next, don’t fast. Fasting after binging raises the risk of triggering a binging-fasting cycle. Fasting can make you hungrier so that you subsequently overeat. Also, fasting could alter your metabolism so that you do not burn as many calories as you normally would, since fasting may make the body think that it should conserve energy. And don’t binge exercise. Enough with the excess.

Start by just moving. Then ease into resuming your regular exercise program.

This is the smart way to go. But we live in a frantic world of the exercise-obsessed.

At Crunch gyms across the country Thursday morning, dozens of eager exercisers will turn up for the Turkey Burn N’ Firm Ride, a 75-minute workout combining spinning and Pilates-based abdominal work. For others, it’s an early bout of tortuous kick-boxing. Pre-Thanksgiving workout feasts are filling up faster than anyone could fork in the food. And morning-after classes are as brutal as the previous days’ merciless and voracious sprees. It’s as much a mental thing as a physical thing. It takes an hour on the elliptical to burn 365 calories, but only five minutes to eat a piece of pumpkin pie with the same calories. Manic Thanksgiving exercisers are doing too much math.

BE GRATEFUL

ONE THING MOST PEOPLE NEVER EXERCISE AT THANKSGIVING IS RESTRAINT. THEY EAT. GO FOR SECONDS. SCARF DOWN WHATEVER THEY WANT WITHOUT RESERVE OR THOUGHT. AND THEN THEY PAY FOR IT. THEY FEEL LIKE A TRUCKLOAD OF FROZEN TURKEYS HAS RUN THEM OVER AND THEY CAN BARELY MOVE. THEIR GUTS ARE IN TURMOIL. THAT’S THE POINT WHEN THEY SHOULD MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE DR. STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN, M.D, F.A.C.S. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH. THE CULPRIT TO YOUR INTENSE DISCOMFORT MIGHT NOT JUST BE MILE HIGH PLATES OF FAT AND CARBS YOU’VE CONSUMED. IT COULD BE THAT YOUR HORMONES HAVE GONE ROGUE. DR. GOLDSTEIN IS THE BEST WAY TO FIND OUT. HE HAS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY, A NATURAL WAY TO MAKE SURE THE HORMONES IN YOUR BODY ARE SENDING THE RIGHT MESSAGES TO YOUR CELLS TO DO THE WORK THAT KEEPS EVERYTHING IN YOUR BODY WORKING RIGHT. WHEN YOU MEET WITH DR. GOLDSTEIN, HE DOES A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION. THEN WITH SIMPLE TESTS, HE CREATES A TOTALLY UNIQUE TREATMENT PLAN TO GET YOUR HORMONES BACK ON TRACK. PART OF THAT PLAN ALSO INCLUDES GETTING BACK ON A HEALTHY EATING PLAN AND EXERCISING MORE. EXERCISING IS EQUIVALENT TO PRESSING A BUTTON TO LAUNCH THE HORMONES THAT HELP YOU FEEL GOOD. AND FEELING GOOD IS HIS GOAL FOR EACH AND EVERY CLIENT.

SO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY.

AND DON’T JUST THINK OF IT AS FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

AND IN THIS CORNER…SUPERFOODS – CUCKOO FOR SUPERFOODS

Super charged superfoods

We’ll get right to the point here. Super-charged superfoods claim to be the Joe Frazier health monster, taking on or knocking down a lineup of illnesses. Health KO in round one. Certainly bad eating habits can lead to many serious problems. But are superfoods just bobbing and weaving in their claims, or can they deliver the punch? Let’s examine some of the things superfoods claim they can help or prevent. I’m sure you’ll have a cautious dose of “yeah, yeah, sure”. But here they are:

  • Reduce risk of heart attacks
  • Prevent blood clots
  • Protect against stroke
  • Improve fine motor skills
  • Tension headaches
  • Stuffy nose
  • Nausea
  • Promote brain health
  • Detoxify liver
  • Clear your skin
  • Diabetes
  • Fighting and suppressing urinary tract infections
  • Stimulate bone-building cells
  • Assist digestive system, relieve cramping, gas and muscles aches
  • Memory and coordination
  • Combat cancel and detoxify
  • Boost antioxidants
  • Prevent ulcers and yeast infections
  • Improve oral health
  • May reduce risk of lung cancer
  • Protect bones, ward off pms symptoms
  • Blood clots
  • Builds bones
  • Cancer fighters
  • Healthy eyes
  • Convert food to energy
  • Immune system
  • Lower cholesterol
  • May halt growth of cervical and colon cancer
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce asthma-related wheezing
  • Help arteries stay relaxed and pliable
  • Fight infection
  • Diuretic
  • Muscle building
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Vision
  • Immune system
  • May prevent endometrial and ovarian cancer
  • Control blood sugar
  • Immune system
  • Anemia
  • Protect liver
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Sleep better
  • Detoxify body
  • Prevent hardening of arteries
  • Mood
  • Keep blood vessels healthy
  • Boost communication between blood cells
  • Neutralize free radicals that cause aging and cell damage
  • Reduce effects of age-related conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Enhance libido improve sex

Note, none of these superfood claims are actually medically proven.

THE SUPERFOOD DIET. WHY TRY IT?

As has always been, the key to maintaining and improving your health is eating right, exercising and making smart choices. Diet plays an important role in our health but there is concern that too much focus on individual foods may encourage unhealthy eating. And the word “diet”? Whoa, there’s a potful of danger. Americans have tried such crazy unbalanced diets as the Cookie diet, the Baby food diet, the Cabbage soup diet, even the Tapeworm diet. (Just picturing the torture of that one is enough to kill any appetite). If people mistakenly believe they can “undo” the damage caused by unhealthy foods by eating a superfood diet, their mental cages are slightly rattled. Healthy is about eating a variety of nutritional foods, which is a lot smarter than going after “superfoods” with tunnel vision. As an aside, trying to maintain a diet consisting mostly of superfoods could actually lead to super dangerous bad food binging. (jaw-dropping, huh?) Common sense goes a long way. So stop scratching your head (which is not considered exercise, by the way) and discuss your health needs with someone who knows what they’re talking about.

HORMONES TO THE RESCUE

HORMONES ARE THE REAL HEALTH HELPERS. HORMONES NAVIGATE THROUGH YOUR BLOODSTREAM IN ORDER TO GET THEIR MESSAGES TO THE RIGHT CELLS. IF THEY ARE IN BALANCE, YOUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING ARE IN BALANCE.

TO OPTIMIZE YOUR HORMONES, YOU SHOULD CONSULT WITH A TRAINED PHYSICIAN. DR. STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN M.D., F.A.C.S. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH IS ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY EXPERTS IN THE DENVER AREA. BESIDES EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE, HE UTILIZES THE MOST SUPERIOR EDUCATION AND CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH AVAILABLE, ALONG WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY. SUPERFOODS AREN’T THE ANSWER. A UNIQUE TREATMENT PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR HORMONAL NEEDS, INTEGRATED WITH A BALANCED DIET AND EXERCISE IS WHAT WILL GIVE YOU THE ABILITY TO LEAD THE HEALTHY LIFE YOU WANT.

CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT NOW.

AND THINK SUPER-DOCTOR FIRST.

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM – CUCKOO FOR SUPERFOODS

Superfoods

To most of us, superfoods are super-unappealing. Drudgery one might even say. We looooove to eat, and what we’re addicted to and what makes us happy, don’t appear on any of the “must eat’ superfood lists from our last 2 posts.  We’re a Twinkie-corndog-pizza-ice cream nation. Of course, there are few superfoods that we actually even love. Like oysters. We adore slurping them back and in the back of our minds is the aphrodisiac, sexual process properties we associate with them. We’re forever chopstick-ready for huge plates of sushi. Corn? Great on a grill swimming in butter. And donuts? Over 10 billion are consumed in the US every year. Oh yum.

DEATH BY BACON

We all know certain addictive goodies aren’t particularly good for us, but still, we gobble these in droves:

  • Cheeseburgers- According to Huffington Post, we scarf down nearly 50 billion a year).
  • Fries
  • Corned beef and pastrami
  • Fried chicken
  • BBQ ribs
  • Buffalo wings
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies
  • Candy-everything from M&Ms to Swedish Fish, from Pixie Stix to Nerds, Nik-L-Nips and Skittles. These mass produced sugar-charged treats don’t account for all the more upscale choices like chocolate covered cherries to designer bars.
  • S’mores
  • Steak (actually any hunk of beef over-marbleized with fat)
  • Pasta
  • Apple pie

Bring it on!

SLOW DOWN, WE’RE GOING TOO FAST

Junk food binges can be had anywhere. And fast food restaurants are the fastest way to get the fattest foods we can. You’ll be downright dumbfound at some of the stats.

  • There are over 50,000 fast food chains in the US and it is estimated that 50 million American eat at one of them every day.
  • According to the National Center for Health Statistics, on any given day 34.3 per cent of children and adolescents consume a significant portion of their daily nutrition from fast food restaurants.
  • In 2015, fast food generated revenue of a whopping $200 billion.
  • The average American spends an estimated $1200 on fast food each year.
  • 20 per cent of fast food meals are eaten in the car.

And oh, how that adds up to staggering figures of how this kind of eating quickly leads to severe illness and disease. And yet, our mantra is “more, please”.

HEALTH ON THE HORIZON

On some fronts, snack attacks are giving way to a trend toward healthier eating.

According to Nielsen’s 2015 Global Health and Wellness Survey that polled over 30,000 individuals online, their study suggests consumer mindset about healthy foods has shifted and that they are ready to pay more for products that claim to boost both health and weight loss. Foods high in fiber (36%), protein (32%), whole grains (30%) or fortified with calcium (30%), vitamins (30%) or minerals (29%)–that can either reduce disease and/or promote good health are also desirable. Food giants are cashing in on the trend. At Campbell’s, for example, “organic” and “all natural” are their new buzzwords now, as the company prepares to launch a variety of soups using USDA-certified organic ingredients, in addition to shelf-stable fruit and vegetable juices with no added sugar or artificial ingredients. Historically, health fads have come and gone, however, marketers are investing in superfood’s staying power. While current spending is up, the downside is that a considerable percentage of consumers are less than convinced that the food health information they receive is accurate. Sort of like what’s going on in our presidential race; “what’s true, what’s bull’?

IT’S ALL IN THE BALANCE

NO FOOD, SUPER OR NOT, IS HEALTHIER THAN HAVING YOUR HORMONES TESTED BY DR. STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN M.D., F.A.C.S. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH. EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU’RE LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE WITH GOOD NUTRITION AND REGULAR EXERCISE, IT’S NOT ENOUGH IF YOUR HORMONES ARE UNBALANCED. HORMONES ARE THE CHEMICAL MESSENGERS OF YOUR BODY, SO WHEN THEY’RE BALANCED AND FUNCTIONING WELL, ALL OF YOUR BODY SYSTEMS WORK MORE SMOOTHLY. DR. GOLDSTEIN IS AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF BHRT OR BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY. WITH SIMPLE TESTS, HE HAS THE ABILITY NOT ONLY TO RELIEVE SYMPTOMS AND DISCOMFORTS, BUT ALSO ELIMINATE THEM. YOUR WELL-BEING IS HIS ONLY GOAL, SO THE TREATMENT PLAN HE CREATES FOR YOU IS UNIQUE TO YOU. YOU WANT TO FEEL YOUR BEST? MAKE AN APPOINTMENT NOW.

IT WOULD BE AN INCREDIBLY SUPER IDEA.