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Dealing with overindulgence
August 12, 2014, 5:36 pm

It's happened to everyone. You go out, have a great time, and have a little too much to eat. Then comes the regret - feelings of nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, or diarrhea. Here are 10 overindulgence "trouble spots," why they make you overeat, and how to recover:

BBQ: Grilled food tastes great and there's nothing like fresh air to work up an appetite.

Tailgating: There's always plenty of chicken, and potato salad to go around and not much else to do (other than eat) while you're waiting for the game to start.

Malls: Running around a mall all day (especially with kids in tow) is hungry work, and who can resist those small cakes?

Picnics: Fresh air and plenty of food, enough said.

The snack table at parties: Those handfuls of food add up quickly, especially when you're eating to fill the time.

Dinner parties: At a dinner party, there are so many dishes to try that it's hard to have just a few, and you may feel pressure to "eat up" to be polite to your hosts.

Movie theatre snacks: Everything is "super-sized," including your bucket of popcorn, king-sized nachos, and a giant drink.

All-you-can-eat buffets: It's hard to take just one trip to the buffet, especially when there are so many foods to choose from and when you want to get your money's worth.

Of course, it's a good idea to try to avoid overeating in these situations. But everybody knows that's easier said than done. Sometimes you just want to indulge in the foods you love. So how can you recover?

Reach for relief: Try an over-the-counter product to relieve symptoms of nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, and diarrhoea. Follow the dose instructions on the label, as there are separate instructions for adults and children.

Eat normally the next day: This probably goes without saying, but don't overeat again the next day. You'll just wind up feeling worse. Instead of filling up on foods "to settle your stomach," or starving yourself to make up for what you ate the day before, eat your regular portions of foods that don't usually upset your stomach. You know which foods tend to give you indigestion or heartburn, so avoid them. Examples include fatty or spicy foods, chocolates, mints, onions, citrus fruit, tomatoes, full-fat ice cream and milkshakes, coffee, and carbonated drinks.

Dress for comfort:  Now is not the time to squeeze into those skin tight pants. Loosen your belt a notch, and slip into some soft, comfortable clothes that won't squeeze your stomach.

Take a walk: Try a short, gentle walk to help get your digestive system moving so you feel less bloated.

Stay away from stress: If you're planning to go out to an overindulgence "trouble spot," don't schedule a big meeting or a stressful family event for the next day. Give yourself time to recover.

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