I once had the opportunity to serve at a grand event in a prestigious five-star hotel. The lavish spread featured English breakfasts and desserts that dazzled the eyes. However, the wise advice from the chef and his team echoed in our minds: ‘Eat what you know and know what you eat.’ Little did we realize the significance until the flavors on our plates translated differently in our stomachs, prompting a swift visit to the restroom. As Oxford Dictionary defines it, gluttony is habitual greed or excess in eating. And in this season of gifting and year-end festivities, it’s a cautionary tale to keep in mind.
The holiday season brings forth an array of office parties, school gatherings, and organizational end-of-year celebrations. Tables groan under the weight of surplus delights, enticing us to indulge in an abundance of culinary pleasures. However, this festive feasting, if not approached with caution, can lead to an unwelcome side effect – the notorious visitor called diarrhea.
As we navigate the labyrinth of festive treats, it’s essential to exercise mindfulness in our consumption. Picture this scenario: Aunties and Uncles eagerly offering second helpings, disregarding your polite declines. In such moments, having a plan B and a well-thought-out escape route becomes crucial. This season is your golden opportunity to flash your brightest smile and gracefully execute every move from the playbook of distraction to outmaneuver those well-meaning, yet persistent, fairy godmothers and fathers who have appointed themselves as your culinary benefactors. Picture this: you’re at a festive gathering, surrounded by well-intentioned relatives and family friends, armed with ladles and serving spoons, ready to ensure that your plate is never empty. It’s a culinary battlefield, and they’ve declared themselves the generals, convinced that a lack of weight is the sole reason why suitors aren’t lining up at your door. But fear not, for you are armed with the art of distraction, a strategic smile, and a few maneuvers from the playbook of self-preservation.
But what if, despite all precautions, diarrhea makes an unwelcome appearance? Fear not, for here’s a guide to aid your recovery:
How to Treat Diarrhea at Home:
Rehydrating: Diarrhea is notorious for depleting fluids and electrolytes. The first step is rehydration. Reach for water, diluted fruit juices, or trusted over-the-counter rehydration solutions like Pedialyte. It’s vital, especially for children and older adults, to replenish fluids promptly and avoid dehydration.
Recovery Diet: Opt for small, frequent meals that are high in sodium and potassium. Think broths, bananas, boiled potatoes, and consider embracing the BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. This diet, although restrictive, can help produce more solid bowel movements. Medically reviewed by Cynthia Taylor Chavoustie, MPAS, PA-C — By Aaron Kandola — Updated on October 13, 2023.
Foods to Avoid: Skip caffeinated beverages, alcohol, fizzy drinks, and anything too hot. These can further irritate your digestive tract and prolong the recovery process.
Probiotics: Consider incorporating probiotics into your routine to promote digestive health. Yogurt with live cultures or over-the-counter probiotic supplements can be beneficial.
Medication: Over-the-counter options like loperamide (Imodium) can help manage symptoms and provide relief. However, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before using any medications.
Contacting a doctor: If symptoms persist or worsen, seeking medical advice is crucial. A healthcare professional can offer personalized guidance and ensure a speedy recovery.
As we revel in the festivities, let’s keep a mindful eye on our indulgences, savoring what we know and being conscious of what we eat. This season, may our celebrations be merry, bright, and, most importantly, healthy! Here’s to joy, well-being, and a season filled with delightful and mindful indulgences, to smiling your way through the festivities and savoring every moment of this joyous season in good health.