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How to help your body after holiday feasts

How to help your body after holiday feasts Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Holidays are a real challenge for the body. We eat a lot during this time, and the digestive system struggles to process all the delicacies. The price we pay for indulgence includes stomach pain, nausea, and other digestive issues.

Here's how to quickly relieve your digestive system after overeating, according to Wprost.

Ditch heavy dishes. Opt for smaller portions, but eat more frequently (on average every three to four hours). Also, change the way you prepare food. Steam your meals instead of frying or baking.

Avoid "empty calories," meaning unhealthy food and fast food. Highly processed products contain a high amount of fats, simple sugars, as well as dyes and preservatives that burden the digestive system.

Moreover, their consumption contributes to weight gain and unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, nausea, or constipation. Exclude the following from your diet:

  • Sausages
  • Hot dogs and pâtés
  • Yellow, moldy, and processed cheeses
  • Red meat (beef, pork, etc.)
  • Margarine
  • Confectionery and pastry
  • Sweets (bars, candies, etc.)
  • Salty snacks (chips, fries, fried peas)
  • Cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Pepper
  • Vinegar
  • Mustard
  • Salt
  • Chili peppers (both hot and sweet)
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Corn
  • Dried fruits
  • Nuts
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Mushrooms

What to substitute products with

Choose low-fat cheese, soft-boiled eggs, small cereals and pasta, rice, fresh vegetables, and skinless and seedless fruits (preferably pureed or boiled).

Opt for poultry and lean fish.

If you crave something sweet, go for honey, natural compotes, and juices. Drink kefir and buttermilk, as well as black tea, not too strong coffee without sugar, and without additives like syrups or artificial sweeteners.

You can also make various infusions based on herbs, such as chamomile or lemon balm. Season your dishes with tarragon, basil, cumin, marjoram, and lemon juice. Use a small amount of fats (cream, olive oil, and vegetable oil).