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Remember that Alka-Seltzer advertisement from the 1970s … “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing !” If you are like me, sitting for a full turkey dinner on Christmas means a wonderful feast of food with friends and family – and – seconds, and thirds, and dessert, and the midnight sandwich! After decades of enjoying this feast I still have not learned to resist. If you are like me, even just a little bit, here are some things to help make the next day better.
Tea is good for you. Try chicory flavoured tea, or simple chamomile tea. It helps settle your stomach and speed the process of digestion.
Peppermint also helps digestion – I am sure you can find a peppermint candy cane somewhere in your home. Be aware that it can also cause acid reflux for some, so use with caution.
As comfortable as the couch might look, going for a short walk (walk, not jog or run!) helps aid digestion and burn some calories too.
Anti-acid pills are good too, but check with your doctor first especially if you take prescription medicines, especially for heart or stomach ailments.
Ginger has long been known in Asian cultures as a stomach remedy (Gayle and I take ginger when experiencing rough seas on a cruise.) Make a simple tea with a cut up “thumb” of ginger, or keep a jar of sliced Japanese ginger in the fridge – it is also good for cooking year ‘round.
Or, don’t eat the whole thing! Maybe this year I will learn. And while food is on your mind, don’t forget to sign up for our Gourmet Trends and Food Sustainability class on Thursdays!
Any comments? Just click on the “comments” word at the top of the blog article and send us your note. .... Ed
Christmas is almost upon us, Hannukah is past. For many, this time of year is a time to give thanks. Yes, at Thanksgiving we gave thanks – but that was mostly for the bounty of food we receive at harvest.
There are many ways to give thanks for at Christmas, and not all in boxes tied up with ribbon after fighting a parking lot at your local mall.
Giving to a charity is on many people’s list this time of year whether it be to advance research in medicine; or, to help a family not as fortunate as we are. Send a simple hand-written letter of thanks to a friend who gave you assistance over the past year. Clean up our planet is a way to give to us all. Simply recycle tin cans and plastic bottles; or, pick up a piece of rubbish off the street and put in the receptacle. Give a smile to the clerk in the store who has been assisting customers for days and weeks with their problems. Smiles are free.
You can also give an ElderCollege friend, or someone new to ElderCollege, our $20 gift certificate to attend a class. Go to our News & Events page and click on the Gift Of Learning ... but hurry, it ends soon.
For me, I give thanks to the wonderful volunteers around me that have stepped up to help make ElderCollege a reality for us all.
Any comments ? Just click on the “comments” word at the top of the blog article and send us your note. ..... Ed
As I finish putting the final touches on the last few tasks before registration day, I was reflecting back on the work that has been done over the past few months. When Ed and I met by accident one day last May and started chatting about the future, I never imagined for a second that we'd have been able to pull together not only a term of courses, but a whole new organization and in six months!! So much work has gone into planning, thinking, creating, talking, meeting, and bringing all the planning together in the past months, it's hard to remember back to August when we got started!
But really, it's an excellent example of the power of teamwork, and it's what makes ElderCollege such a special organization. We're volunteers who have collaborated to bring this society into existence, and it's been a really exciting time for all of us - the positivity, enthusiasm and creativity makes our meetings and our achievements feel really special.
I hope that you enjoy your ElderCollege experience as much as I do, and I welcome you to Come Learn With Us, and to come and volunteer with us! ...Kate
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