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Healthy feast: unhurried conversations with loved ones and enjoying the “right” food

Try to create a special festive mood during the New Year’s feast thanks to leisurely conversations with loved ones and unhurried enjoyment of healthy dishes. And then you don’t have to think about how to cope with a feeling of heaviness or burning in the stomach, as well as worry about a couple of extra pounds gained.

Diana Zander, a gastroenterologist and nutritionist, and Vadim Beishan, a pharmacist, talk about how to spend the main holiday of the year with health benefits.

Consider your health

In fact, there are no such dishes that should never be eaten during the holidays.  But if there are any diseases, recent illnesses, there were operations or other health-related situations, you need to take them into account and plan the holiday menu in accordance with your needs.

If, with such a bunch of diseases, a person eats a large amount of fatty food during the holidays, he will definitely have health complaints.

Also, people who have food allergies during the holidays should also avoid dishes that contain substances dangerous to the body.  However, it is better to be safe – precautions must be observed and double-checked. Especially away.

In general, if we go on a visit and the hostess of the house takes care of the treat, then it is worth eating only what is acceptable for our own health. Out of courtesy, there is definitely no need to eat dishes that are not healthy for you.

Therefore, if on holidays you manage not to overload your stomach with an excessive amount of food, then medical assistance will not be needed.

Food is a delight, a celebration of life shared with another person or close circle.  More vegetables (cabbage, swede, radish, turnip, pumpkin, Jerusalem artichoke, beet tops, kale, etc.), naturally fermented foods, less fatty, fried, and especially store-bought convenience foods, smoked meats, and pickled foods. We are used to putting salmon dishes on the festive table, but undeservedly forgot about other fish, for example, burbot, trench, sturgeon, pike perch, carp.

Of course, in small quantities for the holiday you can enjoy something sweet, drink stronger coffee or an alcoholic drink. But then let the sweets be of the most natural origin and with a lower fructose content, and from alcoholic beverages it is more beneficial for health (of course, in small doses!) Naturally fermented, for example, eco-friendly dry red wine, and from strong drinks those that during production double distilled and aged in oak barrels.

On these holidays, you can experiment with seasonings as much as possible, diversify them and try something new. For example, use one of these seasonings: nutmeg, cardamom, anise, cloves, cumin and others.

Festive menu for those who are sick

If in the past year you have been seriously ill (including Covid-19), if you have recently had some kind of operation or other health problems, you should take special care of your body.

We can say that the more healthy he is, the stronger and more stable the immunity of a person. Therefore, on holidays, excessive amounts of food and inappropriate dishes should be avoided. After illness, people are advised to avoid foods that contain gluten. It is found in wheat, rye, barley, oatmeal. Instead, gluten-free flours such as buckwheat flour, “Scandinavian” gluten-free oatmeal, almond or rice flour, quinoa, tiff, coconut flour, etc. can be consumed for 1-2 months.

If there was no overeating …

If a person knows for sure that the day after the holiday he will have to help his body with enzymes, then the correct tactics for taking these drugs should be followed. Depending on the amount of fats (proteins) taken during meals, enzymes containing from 10,000 to 25,000 active units are selected.

1. Use a turntable

You can put a lot of various dishes on it and create a psychological effect for those sitting behind it – the food is here, it is available. Therefore, you can take an additional portion at any time, and then, when the person sitting next to you holds out a plate that needs to be emptied faster in order to make room on the festive table for the following dishes.

2. Serve food on large dark-colored plates.

On a large plate, food can be easier to take, in turn, the dark color of the plate will help you eat less.

They will help create the feeling that the festive table is generously set and there really is enough of everything on the table. Do not leave empty space on the table.

4. Turn on soft, soothing music

It is important to choose music that does not have a pronounced rhythm.  Also, some soothing aroma in the room will help not to overeat.

During the holiday, it is easy to forget about such a dangerous bacteria for the gastrointestinal tract as Helicobacter pylori.  Silver cutlery, as well as frequent change of silver cutlery, will help to avoid infection with this bacterium during the holiday. Ideally, after each served dish, you can change the dishes.

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