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Monday, December 05, 2005

Hamming It Up for Xmas

On November 24th the U.S. Census Bureau issued a news release filled with interesting Thanksgiving facts.

For example, did you know that the first Thanksgiving actually took place this month, in December 1621, and not in November as we now observe. It took another 242 years before Thanksgiving became a national holiday, forever enshrined as the last Thursday of November by President Abraham Lincoln.

But while the date we observe Thanksgiving has changed from it’s original December observance to its present November holiday, one thing remains constant: it’s a national excuse to overeat.

And for people with diabetes; malabsorptive syndromes; lactose intolerance; Crohn’s, Colitis, Celiac, or inflammatory bowel diseases; or other lower-GI issues, Thanksgiving can be one of the most uncomfortable, gassiest holidays of the year.

Indeed, this year I personally suffered for days with flatulence issues, after eating too much of my Aunt’s delicious homemade cole slaw. The cabbage in her slaw causes severe gas for the same reasons beans do.

If you suffered, or are still suffering, as a result of your Thanksgiving dinner, it’s not too late to think about how you will survive—indeed, enjoy—your next challenging feast: Christmas dinner.

Eating too much of anything can (and often does) overburden your digestive system, and cause undesirable effects. This problem is exacerbated when the foods in question are refined, processed foods such as stuffing, filling, breads, pies, cakes, etc.

These foods are devoid of enzymes, which the body needs to break them down. Complicating matters: our bodies don’t handle raw foods very well anymore; because they’ve become accustomed to digesting the refined processed stuff.

The best way to avoid the consequences of your Christmas ham or turkey dinner: reduce your intake of gravy, stuffing, and other white refined foods (yeah, like that’s possible), while increasing your intake of lightly cooked (preferably steamed) vegetables.

When it comes to big holiday dinners, you really are what you eat.

And if someone you know returned from their Thanksgiving holiday smelling, well, not like roses, send them an anonymous Gassy Greeting Card. Maybe they’ll take the hint, and return from their Xmas dinner without that gas cloud in tow.


  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    I have IBS and I sure do pass gas alot. Sometimes I find it very hard to socialize with my friends because of this problem.

  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    It's nice to find a blog that talks honestly about this problem. I've had excessive gas for as long as I can remember, but it's always been something I'm uncomfortable talking about with others.

  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I love the food and being able to stuff myself for days. yum, even thinking about it. the problem is though, that i get major gas and stomach pains after about a day and a half of eating. this year i awoke in the middle of the night with gassy stomach pains. it's painful. this x-mas i will be keeping my eyes on the lightly steamed veggies to better enjoy the holiday.

  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    Finally, I can go out in public again! If I'd only had this product when I'd taken Mary Sue to the prom!

    What about when the farting sometimes carries passengers alongside?

    Got anything for that?

  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    I am so glad someone else has this problem. I sit in an office with someone and it's hard to be in a confined space with problems like this.


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