Digestive System

Christmas is family parties and hundreds of extra calories

Christmas is family parties and hundreds of extra calories. These few days of forgetfulness can cause not only weight gain, but also indigestion and stomach problems. Eat Christmas delicacies so that you do not harm yourself.

Christmas is a time of family gatherings at a richly set table.Those days traditional, hard-to-eat, caloric dishes reign supreme. Once a year you can afford a little more, but even then the diet should be fully rational and rich in all nutrients. it depends on you whether you give in to the festive gluttony, or whether you will be reluctant to enjoy the various dishes that appear on your table once a year.The moderation and prudence can protect the holiday guts from gastric problems.

Prudence and moderation necessary in the holidays

When you imagine the flavors and aromas of Christmas dishes, you wait for them throughout the year, you can easily forget about the control and possibilities of the stomach, then you suffer from indigestion or stomach pain.

– On holiday days you consume an average of 5-6 thousand calories a day, so at least twice as much as the daily requirement (about 2.5 thousand calories).The traditional Christmas Eve supper, although fast, is a powerful calorie bomb.Most people forget about rational nutrition at the time – says Beata Smulska, dietitian at the LIM Medical Center.

Overeating is the most common Christmas mistake

A mistake we make almost every year. Seeing a table bending under the weight of delicious dishes – it’s hard to resist the temptation to try everything, but there are a few golden rules that will make the holiday time safe for the stomach. enjoy new tastes, do not overeat, so you can try a lot of dishes in small quantities instead of filling up with one dish – explains Beata Smulska. What else can you do? – Food should be an addition to the family ceremony, which is feasting. To celebrate a conversation at the Christmas table, it is important to cultivate a joyful atmosphere.This may seem unrelated to Christmas dishes, but it has been proven that the mood in which you sit at Christmas dinner has a huge impact on the metabolism process. atmosphereThe cruise is accompanied by positive emotions, conversation and laughter. In this situation the process of digestion and assimilation is much better – he adds.

It’s worth taking a walk during the holidays

Ruch is the greatest ally of taking care of weight, do not spend all your free time in a sitting position, for example in front of the TV or at the table, you can find a moment for joint activity. for better mental and physical well-being.

– Remember that slimming during Christmas Eve supper will not bring any effect.Eating habits are shaped throughout the year, holidays are not the right time to starve the body.The more so because the Christmas menu, devoid of animal fats derived from meat products, is extremely healthy.Also, appreciate the power of the compote from the drought, which although not a light drink (a glass is still about 100 calories) – supports digestion and stimulates the intestinal function – explains Beata Smulska.

Take your time – eat less

If you want to reduce the amount of calories eaten during the holidays, it is best to limit or completely give up bread and carbohydrates such as fries, potatoes, pasta, rice and groats.Eat only salads and salads (preferably without fat and high-calorie sauces and mayonnaise, and only with natural yoghurt or with olive oil), low-calorie mushrooms and other marinated products and meat (preferably not fried, just baked, in a light sauce), meats and fish.

Remember the old rule that every meal should be eaten slowly, so that after about 20 minutes from the beginning of the meal the hypothalamus (the center in the brain responsible for the feeling of hunger and satiety) could send a signal to the stomach that it is full, and so that it has reached glucose .

How many calories have Christmas treats?

Choose foods that contain reduced-fat products, boiled, stewed or baked. Soup is healthy and low-calorie. Fungus is about 150 calories in one plate, borscht with dumplings – 100 calories, and moderate kutia food is recommended. each of its ingredients – wheat, poppy seeds, honey, raisins, nuts, almonds and figs – is high-calorie (in total, about 250 kcal in 100 g) – adds Beata Smulska.


Here you can find some healthy and slimming snacks


Christmas cakes with poppy seeds, honey and nuts and dried fruits are still very sweet and high-calorie.Yeast cake is 140 calories in one piece, the poppy is 400 calories.Of course, we do not have to completely give up these festive delights.You can eat a piece of poppy seed, gingerbread or a few cookies with nuts and raisins, but remember that to snack between the main meals are also great fruit – in our homes apples, oranges, mandarins and grapefruits are particularly popular at Christmas.They are not only low-calorie, but also provide vitamins and minerals, and fiber and acids contained in them facilitate digestion.

Herbs will help in the holiday overeating

– If unfortunately you have to overeat, you can relieve digestive problems by drinking herbal infusions, for example from mint, fennel, cumin or red tea, but it should be brewed at about 95 degrees, does not lose its health properties. there is also a beetroot brew, that is red borscht, the most effective is the one made with sourdough – Beata Smulska advises.