Do we have to prepare for Christmas meals?

Written by: Dr. Alberto García Valdés
Published: | Updated: 15/01/2019
Edited by: Anna Raventós Rodríguez

In fact, before Christmas we should take the usual diet, adequate time and needs of each person.

Not very sensible "lose a few pounds" previously controlling the food and then pick them up after Christmas and try to lose them again.


What and how we eat at Christmas

Although during this time the abundant business meals, friends and family happening, tradition is changing. It not happens to ring the bells on 1 December (or earlier) and start eating uncontrollably.

Increasingly, countries like Spain tend to change these traditional and be more frugal habits, since they will in this health, and this is most important.

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We must start from the idea that "social" eating meals do not amount to much. You have to eat with measure and encourage conversation and good manners. Increasingly, they tend to reduce the copious dinners with alcohol, sugars and fats abundant, and take healthier foods and better prepared. Vegetables, fish and meats are not only excellent food, if your preparation is lighter (baked, grilled, steamed, salt, etc.), but also more rewarding for our body.


How not to overeat at Christmas

Throughout history, food has always been a necessity for survival, so his absence was a problem (except in certain social strata who flaunted their gluttony and bulging bellies as a symbol of opulence).

This problem is still present in many places.

In addition, obesity is as important as malnutrition, and has become an epidemic in many parts of the world.

Excess food is one of the leading causes of illness, and has a direct relationship with a lifestyle that generates high levels of anxiety in people. One way to control this anxiety is eating, which has turned food into a form more addiction, equally harmful than alcohol, snuff or synthetic drugs.

Therefore, the endocrinologist-dietitian plays a fundamental role in changing the diet, since it can control anxiety and overweight.


How to detox after Christmas

If we have a healthy discipline, important Christmas days are really only 4 to 6, and if we do not commit excesses remarkable increase because no more than 1 or 2 kilos, which can be easily lost. How? Plenty of water, herbal teas, vegetables in abundance, little alcohol, fish, fruit, etc; along with regular physical activity. Walking and cycling much would be adequate, but as happens increasingly, if Christmas is a form of holiday at sea or in the mountains with more exercise, feeding should be more abundant.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Alberto García Valdés
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

The prestigious Dr. García Valdés is the Head of Endocrinology and Nutrition Hospital San Francisco de Asis. Doctorate "Cum Laude" from the Complutense University of Madrid, has more than two decades of experience. During his professional career he has served as Head of Service at the Central Hospital of the Defense as well as at the Central Hospital of the Air, among others.

The doctor is also dedicated to teaching, teaching at the Universidad Complutense and at the CEU San Pablo University. Finally, also note that he is the author of several books in his specialty and collaborator in different medical journals.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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