Find out how to make it through the holidays with no stomach pains and without gaining weight!

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Winter holidays in Romania can be defined by excessive eating, no sleeping at night and fatigue. To avoid stomach problems during the holidays, when everyone eats (yes, even me!) a bit more fat food than the usual, it is necessary to take certain precautions. In short: eat healthier, reduce smoking, eat more citrus and get enough rest!

Since the body tends to accumulate energy it’s likely we’ll gain some extra pounds! Although this period is not suitable for diets, it would be best if you didn’t eat too much fat and you didn’t drink too much alcohol. Chocolate, excess fat and meat are the biggest enemies of digestion.
The traditional menu abounds with specialties of cooked pork, boeuf salad with mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, pickles, hot spices, home baked or industrial sweets. All these dishes can trigger biliary colic, can lead to indigestion; if the food is altered, food poisoning can occur. It’s known that a high-fat meal, sprinkled with lots of alcohol may trigger acute pancreatitis which requires hospitalization. Avoid combining these foods at one meal!

Here are some recommended food products that have animal proteins: chicken, pheasant, pork (preferably Romanian pig breeds), fish (mackerel, sardines, herring, salmon, carp, trout). Cheese products are not recommended during winter because cheese is hard to digest. During the fasting period you are sometimes allowed to eat cheese.

The best treatment for indigestion is the rigorous food hygiene, avoid heavy meals, discussions during meals and physical exercise immediately after eating. Chew food carefully and completely, do not rush to the table!

Cereals are recommended during this period because they provide energy. Eat wheat, durum wheat, spelt, kamut, rice, oatmeal, millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat. You should maintain a constant intake of natural vitamin C in combination with other compounds, natural enhancers, such as flavonoids, found in citrus fruits, hawthorn fruit, apples, pears. During winter, pickles and especially traditional sauerkraut (not industrial canned vegetables in vinegar) are a good source of vitamin C and probiotic bacteria for healthy people who are not on a low sodium diet.

Winter vegetables are the richest in vitamins and minerals: pumpkins, artichokes, white radish, leek, fennel, beets, chicory, endive, cauliflower, onions and potatoes. Here are some examples of recommended fruits: apples, pears, citrus fruits, rose hips. During winter you should eat raw nuts and peanuts. You can also take food supplements and drink teas rich in vitamins and natural minerals. In order to support  the immune function you should eat foods or supplements that are rich in selenium, zinc, Brazilian nuts, seafood, dried plums.

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