Dr Oz: Actress Kym Whitley
Dr Oz was sharing his tips for thriving and surviving the holidays, getting you through the busiest time of the year. He first wanted to help answer your holiday health questions, because he knows stress and anxiety can be high over the holidays. He welcomed actress Kym Whitley to aid in the discussion. First, Dr Oz turned to an audience member named Sandy who wondered how long you can keep and serve leftovers.
Dr Oz: How Long Can You Keep Leftovers?
Dr Oz said there’s actually a strategy to making leftovers last. There’s about a two hour window until you should actually start to put food away, because prepared foods shouldn’t sit out at room temperature any longer than that. Dr Oz asked chef Marc Murphy how long leftovers can be served and he said meats are good for about 2-3 days after serving, but it’s important to reheat them all the way so you kill all bacteria. Most doctors will agree with up to four days.
Dr Oz: Dairy-Free Egg Nog
One woman wondered what to serve her guests who have food allergies, and Kym’s son is actually allergic to nuts so she completely understands where she’s coming from. Dr Oz shared a recipe for a dairy-free egg nog that is perfect for those who are lactose intolerant! Just combine the following ingredients in a blender then serve chilled:
- 2 C coconut milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 larg pastured egg yolks
- 2 C almond milk
- 1/2 C pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp allspice
Dr Oz: Homemade Icing + Holiday Food For Dogs
Because Kym’s son has allergies, she’ll make her own frosting using coconut oil, vanilla, powdered sgar, and coconut milk. She’ll put it on regular store-bought sugar cookies for a tasty allergy-friendly treat!
Katie then asked on Facebook about what holiday foods she can give to her dog. You should avoid anything sweetened with xylitol, as well as raisins, grapes, and macadamia nuts. But as for what you can feed them, go ahead and give them lean pieces of meat about the size of a quarter or green beans and pumpkin.
Dr Oz: Does Your Stomach Stretch Over The Holidays?
Next, Kate wondered if her stomach really stretched over the holidays or if it was just all in her head. Dr Oz explained that your stomach is compressed so that it can grow when you eat. It normally holds about a liter of food, and then over the next four hours, your stomach shrinks back down as the food leaves your stomach. So you eat again, and the stomach grows again. It’s a repetitive process and Dr Oz explained that the size of your stomach has nothing to do with your hunger.
What’s forcing you to want to eat more is your hormones. It’s important to make sure you eat the right foods to break that cycle.
Dr Oz: Do’s & Don’ts For A Hangover
Dr Oz got a lot of questions about hangovers and how to better deal with their symptoms after drinking too much the night before. Dr Oz had some do’s and don’ts, beginning with suggesting that you say no to caffeine. Caffeine can dehydrate you and make your stomach issues worse. You also shouldn’t take acetaminophen, which are toxic for the liver and you’ve already put a strain on your liver by drinking so much.
Asparagus can actually help alleviate hangover symptoms, so try eating one cup of cooked asparagus. You should also rehydrate with chocolate milk or sports drink to give you electrolytes and get your blood sugar back up.
Dr Oz: Simulating A Drunk Driver
Kym Whitley then joined Dr Oz wearing a suit that would simulate what it’s like to be drunk. Dr Oz recently tried the suit out himself on the Rachael Ray Show, and then had Kym try a little course while wearing the suit. She got in a golf cart while wearing the suit, while Dr Oz welcomed a retired police officer. Ford designed the suit, which includes headphones to diminish hearing, as well as goggles to impair vision.
Kym then took off showing that she couldn’t even make it ten feet without heading straight for a wall and running over a cone. She then got going a little bit before the officer told her to stop and she jumped out of the car. To say the least, Kym failed the test!