Great strides are approaching Christmas, soon, together with our loved ones will sit at the Chrismas table. Traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner consists of twelve traditional and exquisite dishes that are impossible to deny myself. Christmas holidays spend most commonly, by eating a lot and full-up, unfortunately we lose with this common sense, we overeat and get sick. I will not bore you with ideas how to reduce the caloric content of holiday dishes, we know that in our Polish tradition is impossible. But remember that using the appropriate spices and herbs, and following a few simple rules we can avoid problems with the stomach, overeating and other unpleasant symptoms.
Here they are:
Prepare a compote of dried apples and prunes
Dried fruit compote is one of the traditional Christmas Eve dishes . Its incredible aroma of dried apples and prunes, cloves and cinnamon always associated with Christmas. This drink is not only great taste, it also has unusual properties. Its biggest advantage is dietary fiber derived from the dried fruit, which improves digestion, accelerate peristalsis and provides a quicker feeling of satiety. Dried fruits are also a source of vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2 and iron and potassium. Adding to compote of cinnamon, which contains chromium make will have less fancy sweets. Dried fruit compote we should drink throughout the Christmas as a natural support for the digestive system.
Use of traditional spices
Spices which add to holiday dishes give them a wonderful flavor and aroma but also can protect us from unpleasant symptoms of overeating due to the fact that stimulate the digestive system to work: cinnamon not only enhances the taste of our Christmas cakes but also helps the stomach, regulates digestion and lowers blood sugar. Ginger works both for seasoning sweet or savory dishes. We use it for baking Christmas gingerbread. Ginger speeds up the metabolism, stimulates the secretion of digestive juices and positive influence on peristalsis. Juniper is indispensable when preparing meats, pates and dark sauces. It speeds up digestion and prevents flatulence. Cumin is mostly used for seasoning dishes of cabbage, do not miss at the Christmas Eve table. It soothes heartburn, flatulence and supports bile secretion.
All the same, usually at Christmas to overeat and begin to feel uncomfortable consequences. Then, herbal infusions help:
- Peppermint – its beneficial effects on the digestive system is commonly known – spearmint aids digestion, relieves stomach pain and even bloating, supports liver and increases the secretion of bile (important when you eat a large amount of fatty foods) also increases the absorption of nutrients.
- Chamomile and lemon balm – are particularly helpful when the digestive disorders accompanied by stomach cramps and intestines, reducing smooth muscle tone, also stimulates the secretion of digestive juices.
- Infusion of St. John’s wort can be applied with prolonged dyspeptic – antispasmodic works on the muscles of the intestines and bile ducts, stimulates the activity of the stomach and intestines.
Eat in moderation
During Christmas we eat up to four times more than normal. No wonder – how to resist all the delicious dishes? To deny ourselves favorite dishes is best to use a simple rule: let’s eat everything what we want but in small portions 🙂 Eat slowly and between meals be sure to take the time for a bit of activity, even a short walk.
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