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Dec 17, 2011 09:43 AM

When you've eaten too much...

Since it's the season, what do you do when you feel uncomfortably full? Walk? Lie down? Change clothes?... Does anything help you feel better?

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  1. It doesn't happen as much as it used to (I've significantly cut down on portion sizes at home, and when my man and I go out to dinner, we often split an app & an entree, and it's enough), but given that change in eating habits, when it happens, I find it incredibly uncomfortable and borderline painful.

    Many years ago, we used to get Indian take-out with this other couple. Well, god knows what I ate, but it was way. too. much. I felt like I had swallowed a medicine ball, and had to retire into another room for an embarrassingly long time (45 min. or so), lying on guest bed with my pants undone and moaning. Ugh.

    Last summer in Berlin went to a Greek resto with friends where we split a (very generous) appetizer platter, and I had an entree -- against my better judgment -- and felt so downright awful I made myself throw up.... something I never, EVER do. I really didn't want to, but I also wanted to be able to enjoy the rest of the evening, which I did.

    The most recent occasion where this happened was, duh, Thanksgiving. I hadn't eaten anything beforehand, so was starvated by 4 PM and had 3 helpings (small helpings, but nonetheless more food I am used to). I went outside and walked around for about 20 minutes, which helped a bit. Comfy clothes aka eatin' pants is an obvious choice, but frankly, I'd just rather not overeat and feel good :-)

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    1. re: linguafood

      "lying on guest bed with my pants undone and moaning"

      LOL, wondering what your hosts were thinking...;-) I'd rather avoid the overly full feeling, too, and am normally pretty good about it. The hardest thing I've ever done in a restaurant is walk away from a partially eaten dessert (one that wouldn't be good later) because I knew if I finished it, I'd be uncomfortably full. I still think about that piece sitting there...

      1. re: chowser

        Well, they were/are good friends, so they probably just felt bad for me. But yeah, not really something I strive to experience anymore...

    2. Depending on the situation, get up and walk or dance after eating too much. If we're out or at someone else's house, I'll wear tight pants with a belt or a dress with pantyhose, to keep me in line. There's almost always the leftover option.

      If we're at home, with guests, I'm usually too busy to overeat. Now, if I'm home alone, I'll plan for the future gorge by putting my pjs or sweats on - tee, hee.

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      1. re: JerryMe

        Dance? Can you dance when you're that full?

        At home, I tend to taste as I cook so I don't feel like eating much afterward. Maybe that's the best control! Yeah, pjs and sweats just feel so good then.

        1. re: JerryMe

          dancing, thats what adam richman always tells people to do on MVFN. the richman shimmy to get the food down!

        2. Walk it off. Exercise helps aid your digestion and get things moving so you'll feel better. But I try not to get to that stage. It's not pleasant to overeat, no matter how good the food was!

          1. It is many years since I last felt I had eaten too much. That is why I am now a short fat man, instead of being just a short man.

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            1. re: Harters

              LOL, I've always pictured you as a Monty Python-esque figure, like Eric Idle or Michael Palin. Hmm, perhaps Terry Jones would fit your self-description!

            2. Once at a party in downtown Los Angeles, the food was so great that I ate far more than was prudent. I tried walking it off without success, so I stopped in at a liquor store to pick up a bottle of Underberg to settle my stomach. This was in a not-so-hot part of downtown L.A. -- the guy behind the counter gave me a knowing look, and pulled a bottle of _Thunderbird_ out from under the counter. Not exactly what I had in mind.