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I Cannot Believe I Ate the Whole Thing!

Most holidays are synonymous with food, lots and lots of food. Large festive meals, awesome hors d'oeuvres, homemade pastries and sweets that grace our palate once a year are usually too much for most of us to resist. Even people who are normally clean eaters fall victim to the food madness; ignoring the inevitable agony that anxiously awaits them.

So, what's a guy to do? Turn down mom's apple pie or granny's six-layer lasagna? I don't think so! Instead, think digestive enzymes.

Our pancreas, that very important organ that sits behind the stomach and regulates blood sugar by producing insulin, also manufacturers digestive enzymes. Their purpose is to assist the digestive track in breaking down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for proper absorption. Unfortunately, with age and through eating enzyme deficient food, our digestive enzyme numbers decrease, which often explains the cause of indigestion and all its nasty-ass symptoms. Bloating, flatulence, heartburn, burping, sour stomach and more are typical symptoms, and are often bad enough to cause a lot of pain and discomfort.

Ok, that was a quick and simple explanation of digestive enzymes, and since I'm sure you would rather know what to do about it than the science itself, let's talk remedies.

My go-to choice for times like Christmas dinner, or any other time I pig out, is digestive enzyme supplements. These products help digest and move food along that might otherwise sit and ferment in your gut. There are countless digestive enzymes on the market, which can be found in capsule, tablet, powder, and liquid forms. Some are all-inclusive and address all three types of nutrients: protein, fats, and carbs, while others, like Beano, deal with a single nutrient – carbs.

My favorite enzyme, Digest Gold by Enzymedica, addresses all three categories of food, which are found in most meals. The company has combination products, like what I take, and individual ones, as well. They're very powerful and effective; however they also have a price tag to match. They aren't cheap, but honestly, how much would you pay not to be gassy at the New Year's Eve party? But this isn't the only brand that works. There are many, less expensive digestive enzymes available, so finding one that does the job should be easy. Health food stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, and online are the places to buy them.


This is what you do. Directly before you begin eating, grab a glass of water and pop the recommended dosage. It's best to have it in your stomach, ready and waiting. If you forget or can't take it beforehand, take it afterwards. They typically aren't as effective after you've eaten, but that's definitely a better option than taking none at all. Ask my wife! The best thing is to follow the manufacturer's recommendations that will be listed on the label.

I realize digestive enzymes aren't everyone's answer to overeating discomfort, but if you anticipate a rough road ahead, pick up a bottle and give them a try.  They've saved me from sleeping on the sofa many nights! Bon appétit!

by Aaron Marino

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Hanging with Alpha | Papa Alpha's Nutrisystem #1 -
December 27, 2012
It's been one-month since Papa Alpha started Nutrisystem. He's lost 15 pounds. Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses Papa Alpha's adherence to the diet. He had a cheat meal. Alpha discusses cheat *days* and how people go hog-wild. Cheat *meals*, however, are okay since they are managed. Give your body and mind a rest from the monotony of the diet with a cheat *meal*. Keep in mind that your weight wilRead More»
Avocado, Tomato, and Egg White Omelete | Healthy Eating  -
December 20, 2012
Here's how to make the Alpha Omelete! Bon appetit! Aaron Marino of alpha m. sautes diced tomatoes over low heat to warm them up and to take some of the moisture away. He uses salt and pepper to season. Next, Aaron separates four eggs. Once the tomatoes are almost ready, the egg whites are cooked in a pan with Pam. The avocado is sliced next. The eggs are about done and flipped. Then the ingredientRead More»
Food Poisoning SOS!  -
December 18, 2012
Tis the season to be jolly... unless you have the misfortune of eating contaminated food.  Although food poisoning can occur at anytime, this time of year, with all its holiday celebrations, increase our chances of encountering toxins, like salmonella and staphylococcus. Holiday parties, office luncheons, and dinners expose us to food that is often unrefrigerated for too long, or that's been imprRead More»
Hanging in Alpha | Papa Alpha Started Nutrisystem -
December 17, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. is proud of his Dad for taking a step to lose weight. He is partaking in a diet program. Papa Alpha describes how weight has been a battle his whole life and how he never took gym class in high school. As Papa Alpha has gotten older, weight has become a bigger challenge. And now, when puts a good day in the gym, he feels justified to eat more. He started Nutrisystem and deRead More»

Think Before Ordering at Restaurants | Healthy Eating -
November 29, 2012
Yesterday, Aaron Marino of alpha m. goes out for brunch and orders healthy. Doh! He forgot to ask for spray rather than butter. You'd be amazed about the hidden calories, but you can special order to cut down on hidden calories. Think through your order. The little things sneak up on you such as butter and salad dressing. So, when you go out to eat, pre-think then order. Read More»
Avocado the Simple Superfood | Healthy Eating -
November 20, 2012
Alpha was just preparing a salad for lunch. Aaron Marino of alpha m. boasts that the avocado is a superfood. An avocado has about 300 calories with 77% fat (mono-saturated fat, "good fat) and 20 essential vitamins and nutrients.  Be conscious of the calories, however. Avocado is great on sandwiches and salads as well as guacamole. He demonstrates preparing an avocado. When picking out an avocado,Read More»
Cook a Sweet Potato to Perfection | Healthy Eating -
November 16, 2012
Sweet potatoes are a great carbohydrate but many people don't know how to cook them. Aaron Marino of alpha m. demonstrates the quickest and easiest method to cook them. You need a medium sweet potato, paper towel, and microwave. Cook for 5-minutes on high. Wait and then when you're finished, you have an almost cooked potato. It self steams inside its skin for 10-minutes. Read More»
Laxatives -
November 8, 2012
How many of you depend on laxatives to take care of business? Recently, several members asked about their use and safety, which made me realize more of us use laxatives than I would have guessed. I've written articles about digestive health, including elimination, but never broached the subject of laxatives. For those who may be uncertain of what laxatives are, they are substances that promote bowRead More»
Control Hunger and Blood Sugar Levels | Nature's Plus Sugar Control  -
November 6, 2012
Natures Plus Sugar Control Who out there feels like they can never get full and always eating or hungry? Aaron Marino of alpha m. says that chances are your blood sugar is out-of-whack. 'Ultra Sugar Control' by Nature's Plus stabilizes blood sugar and subsequently insulin levels are stabilized. As a result your appetite is controlled. If you are looking for something to help, this may be the produRead More»

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