The holiday season has begun, family and friendly gatherings, meetings, joy … all this accompanied by huge amounts of food and drink that burden the stomach. Not bad in advance to prepare to go through all this with the least damage. Here are some practical tips.
Choose vegetables rich in plant fiber. Vegetables helps move food through the digestive tract. When you charge the plate to celebrate, see that you take more vegetables.
Chew enough. Especially in the celebrations, when food is plentiful, we tend to swallow food without chewing enough, so we quickly mastered the large portions. If you chew longer, begins the process of digestion but also makes it easier to stomach. Longer chewing gives the brain more time to realize that you are full – it takes approximately 20 minutes for the brain to realize the stomach is full.
Drink plenty of water. Especially in the celebrations, which serves a variety of drinks, we tend to drink coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks instead of water, but it does not facilitate the work of digestive organs. If you drink a glass of clean water for 20 minutes before a meal, a second glass about an hour after a meal, it will help you not overeat so that the food is better digested.
Use herbal teas. Some teas are known to help digestion and relieve abdominal pain easier – for example, peppermint, chamomile, ginger.
When you feel full, stop to eat. Even if you have left food on the plate, even if you have not tried all the dishes that you offer, your stomach will thank you if you do not continue to eat.
It is not only time to eat on the holidays. You do not have to sit and eat all the time. Also you can serve the others or help the hosts to successfully serve and feed the crowd of guests. They will be grateful to you.
Be physically active. During the holidays, all sit at home, eat and watch TV. Take the family for a walk, do your regular jogging or cycling, or simply play music and dance with the household. Movement helps to digest food and consume excess calories.