Slovenes pay a lot of attention and money to food, especially for the holidays. Festive dishes are high-calorie and difficult to digest, especially potica, roasts, mayonnaise salads, cod … Many overdo the table with the amount of food and the frequency of meals, as well as alcohol consumption and laziness. Doctors advise moderation and exercise.
Larger amounts of easily digestible food, desserts and alcohol encourage joy and overeating, which takes its toll on well-being and health. The more we eat tasty, heavy, and high-calorie delicacies, the faster we gain weight. Because we are lazy, the stomach, liver, gallbladder, heart are overloaded … According to the experience of doctors, the condition of the disease worsens in chronic patients, so the number of visits to emergency rooms is higher. There they have their hands full with gastric lavage for alcohol poisoning and injuries from intemperance, drunkenness and also from carelessness with pyrotechnics.
Exaggeration dangerous for the chronically ill
Overeating is particularly dangerous for the chronically ill, who are already more sensitive due to their illness and must adhere to strict prescribed diets every day of the year.
consequences of overeating
Due to the overload, the stomach produces too much acid and this leads to flatulence and heartburn. Pancreas, bile, heart and kidneys are overloaded. Bloating, gastrointestinal pain and cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation may occur.
A richly upholstered table leads to violations that aggravate chronic diseases, increase blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart and internal organ diseases …
Therefore, chronic patients need to be even more careful and extremely moderate with alcohol, desserts, fried and fatty foods. Remember that fats and sugars are often hidden in foods. Moderation is also required with salt, nuts and non-heat treated foods (e.g. steak tartare, homemade mayonnaise).
One liter of plain water per day should be drunk by every average healthy adult
moderation and movement
Excess overwhelms the stomach and worsens digestion, leading to severe constipation. Therefore, doctors warn that no one should give in to food cravings so much that they would try to eat everything they see. It is necessary to eat slowly, chewing each bite thoroughly and never swallowing food.
It is recommended to drink a glass of water at least fifteen minutes before eating. Everyone should be at the point where they feel they are no longer hungry but are still tempted by the food. Doctors do not recommend loading food onto a plate. After eating, do not indulge in laziness, sit at a table and in front of a TV screen.
Anyone who eats more often than usual during the holidays and doesn’t stop for snacks in between should at least exercise regularly. Regardless of the weather, they should walk for at least half an hour every day. This improves digestion and circulation, literally aerates body and mind.
Don’t neglect vegetables
Every refrigerator should also be enriched with a sufficiently large amount of fresh vegetables and fruit over the holidays. Both strengthen the body’s defenses and regulate digestion. Vegetable dishes and fresh salads should not be missing from the festively set table.
Pickled foods, as a rule, contain preservatives, flavor enhancers, artificial coloring. However, these dietary supplements are harmful to your health, so replace them with fresh vegetables. The menu should be varied and the meals balanced. In addition to protein, carbohydrates and starch, every meal should contain fiber and fresh vitamins.
soups, water and salt
Soup should always be served with festive dishes. Most prepare meat but forget the vegetables. Vegetable soup makes the stomach a base for heavier meals. You can whip it with an immersion blender and turn it into a creamy soup. There are countless recipes for versions and supplements. Cream soup helps with satiety and prevents overeating.
Fresh drinking water should generally be part of everyday life, especially during the holidays when many people overdo it with food and alcohol. Be sure to drink water between meals as well. Always drink pure water with alcohol at the same time. Doctors recommend at least one and a half liters to two of plain water daily. The only exceptions are some chronic patients with kidney and heart problems.
The general guideline for healthy eating advises against increasing the amount of salt and salting food at the table. Use small amounts of salt when cooking. A variety of other spices and herbs contribute to the fuller flavor.
Moderate with alcohol
Alcohol is used to toast during the December holidays. Wine is food, so enjoy it – in moderation, after sips, during meals, a glass after a meal, never on an empty stomach.
Always eat pieces of bread while partying with alcohol. Drink at least one glass of water after every glass of alcohol.
Wine is good in moderation, and too much of it damages the stomach, kidneys, bladder, liver, pancreas, bile, nerve cells, heart… Spirits are even more insidious. It should not be overlooked that a slightly larger amount of sparkling wine quickly intoxicates a person.