7 ways to healthy Christmas
Without sacrificing your favorite dishes
Christmas is inextricably linked with feasts, of trying countless dishes and delicious traditional cakes. During the holidays we eat so much and often. And well, finally Christmas is only once a year. Unfortunately, most of us every year suffer from overeating, indigestion and other symptoms typical of Christmas. So what to do to survive the holidays healthy? How to prepare for Christmas the grass to the night before New Year’s Eve is not to worry about excess kilos? We propose solutions to survive the holidays without stress. Take advantage of the few ways for healthy Christmas.
Before Christmas usually are inundated with lots of advice on how to prevent or cope with the festive stomach problems: Do not eat cakes! Avoid the use of mayonnaise! Eat small portions! But why do we do it? After many holiday dishes waiting the whole year or several months. There are ways to not give up the pleasure of eating holiday meals without revolution stomach, heaviness and drowsiness.
- Take care of your liver!
Christmas is really tough crossing to the liver. But unless you suffer from severe liver disease we should not give up your favorite holiday dishes. The liver can help by using some proven ways:
- Eat slowly and accurately discover an every bite, facilitate digestion.
- Limit alcohol – Alcohol is known as harmful to the liver, but you need not completely abandon it. Remember that a glass or two of alcohol after a fatty meal will not hurt.
- Take a break! On holidays we eat lots and lots of snacking but remember that your digestive system needs time to digest meals or about three hours.
- Herbs can really help the liver – so you can use milk thistle, which perfectly regenerates the liver, and after a meal, you can use an infusion of peppermint and yarrow.
- The order is the basis.
Usually, most are overeating after the supper which consists of many dishes. So we should start with lighter dishes or soups. Then cabbage with mushrooms and carp. Most important to try all the dishes. Be sure sipping Christmas dishes, compote of dried apples and plums, which really sensational effect on digestion.
- Fasting is a bad idea.
Many people on the Eve of the start until supper resigns meals. A small breakfast instead of lunch, a small snack and wait for the first star on an empty stomach. Finally you begin to feast, eat fast and a lot. And before you open your Christmas prezent, you start to feel pain, abdominal bloating. Post Christmas Eve tast is tradition, of course, but if you do not want to eat dinner will be a great idea fruits which provide needed energy, we should choose a fruit that have a lot of fiber which reduces the sensation of hunger.
- Use herbs
Herbs are healthy and natural way to typical Christmas ailments. Herbs can add to the festive dishes or use traditionally as infusions:
- Peppermint is a must-have festive herbal, reliable with overeating and problems with the liver. Just prepare fragrant, hot brew and drink after a hearty meal. If the meal was really great not worth the wait for the first signs of overeating. Mint leaves can also be used as a supplement to the Christmas compote of dried fruits.
- Angelica – this herb mysterious name has a beneficial effect on the liver and the smell of the brew is truly remarkable. Positive effect on the secretion of digestive juices and bile so helps digestion of food. It also works calming and removes the symptoms of nervous exhaustion after so stressful pre-Christmas preparations and lobbying will be just in time.
- Dandelion will also benefit digestion, it has a cholagogic and supports metabolism, relaxes the smooth muscles of the digestive tract so that the symptoms of overeating.
- Hibiscus from which we can prepare a delicious brew is definitely an herb that you should have in your home during the Chrismas. Especially if we want to enjoy the taste of Christmas dishes and do not gain weight as too;) Why? Because hibiscus infusion reduces the absorption of carbohydrates from the digestive tract. It is therefore recommended for people who care about the line. In preparing the infusion of hibiscus you can also treat your guests a delicious non-alcoholic mulled wine. Enough to brew hibiscus with cloves, then add cinnamon, and a few slices of orange.
- Spices help in digestion
When preparing Christmas meals, remember to add spices to improve digestion:
- Cinnamon added to desserts, remember also to add cinnamon to compote of dried. Cinnamon has a beneficial effect on digestion, but as a source of chromium decreases feel like sweets, so it is an excellent seasoning for every gourmand;)
- Cumin added to the cabbage with mushrooms
- Marjoram added to the red borscht
- Rosemary and juniper added to meat dishes
- A little movement certainly does not hurt.
After eating a large meal, be sure to get up from the table. If you are a visitor suggest to help clear the table, take care of taking pictures or suggest a game or fun requiring little movement. Perfect for a winter walk or a family trip to the forest or park.
- Stress does not help in the celebration.
Doing things at the last minute certainly will bring a lot of unnecessary stress, which undoubtedly will affect our well-being during the holidays. Preparations should be divided into stages. The best solution is to prepare in advance a plan of action. Be so all you have to do and share the days of the week. It also write on a piece of everything that you need to buy, and check whether the list coincides with the action plan. All durable products can be purchased in advance, so try to go for Christmas shopping a week before Christmas. Previously, you can also prepare some of the dishes. You can bake gingerbread before, like ravioli can be prepared in advance and frozen.
Christmas duties must be separated fairly. Turn in preparing children for whom the holidays will be a lot of responsibilities – dressing the Christmas tree, prepare the decorations. If you are hosting a Christmas dinner share the responsibility of preparing meals, if this is not possible, prepare only your favorite Christmas Eve dish of their loved ones.
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