During Advent and Christmas - especially on holidays - we have a lot to offer our stomach. With the amounts of cookies, mulled wine, tunnels, dominoes and roast goose, which we displace every year in December, it is no wonder that our stomach eventually defended itself: bloating, flatulence and heartburn are among the typical consequences of an extensive festive meal. We reveal how you can get through the Christmas season without any stomach problems and what helps if you have exaggerated it.
No Christmas without a feast
A luscious feast is just as much a part of Christmas as the presents under the Christmas tree. There are, for example, roast goose with potato dumplings and red cabbage and for dessert, a large portion of tiramisu. After the actual meal then follow cookies, dominoes and all sorts of other sweet treats. And all that happens in huge quantities.
In short, the food at Christmas is usually too greasy, too sweet and above all too much. No wonder the stomach is rebelling. However, with a few simple tricks you can get through the holidays without stomach problems - it's simple:
- Light soups and salads as a starter
- Use low-fat meat or fish
- Consciously eat - so you can enjoy smaller portions
Allowed only in moderation:
- Oily dishes like roast goose
- Very sweet food like cookies or stollen
Temptations at the Christmas market
Not only at Christmas itself, but also in the weeks before our stomach has to do a lot. Because at the Christmas market, one quickly gets tempted: Delicious delicacies are waiting for us on every corner - but unfortunately, these are usually anything but well-tolerated.
Tasting is allowed, of course, but if you stomach your stomach with bratwurst, fries, roasted almonds and crepes at the same time, it can make your meal startlingly sour. So do not overdo it for the sake of your stomach! Or, at least, you can go back and forth to something easier on the stomach, such as hot chestnuts, baked apples or fried mushrooms (without cream sauce).
To create a balance
In general, there is nothing wrong in the Advent and Christmas season to indulge in a big feast. But often it does not remain at a feast, but there is a true food marathon, which brings the stomach to its limits. So that your stomach does not go limp, you should give it a break now and then.
For example, if you overdid it at lunch, make dinner a little smaller or skip it altogether. Alternatively, the next day, you can consciously only use foods that do not put too much strain on the stomach: make yourself a soup, a salad or eat a light fish dish with rice.
It is also important that you drink enough - preferably between two and three liters per day. Use mineral water or unsweetened herbal teas. In addition, exercise helps to relax the stomach during the Christmas season: just take a little walk through the city after the Christmas market or go out on the weekend a little longer.
When the stomach grumbles
Despite all the good intentions, it can happen on Christmas holidays that the stomach causes problems. And heartburn, feeling of fullness & Co. can quickly spoil the joy of Christmas. Do not worry: With a few simple home remedies can usually get the complaints quickly back under control. Read here what helps against heartburn, flatulence, bloating and stomach ache.
Tips against heartburn
- Avoid spicy and very greasy dishes. Alcoholic drinks should be enjoyed only in moderation.
- You should eat several small meals instead of three. If the stomach is full, it increases the pressure and promotes the development of heartburn.
- Eat three hours before you go to bed anymore. Then the stomach is largely empty at bedtime and no heartburn occurs during the night.
Tips against flatulence
- Bloating is caused especially by foods such as cabbage or onions - do not use these foods if in doubt.
- Teas in the varieties fennel, anise or caraway can prevent flatulence.
- Avoid carbonated drinks - less air gets into the intestine. Also, be sure to eat in peace and chew food thoroughly.
Tips against feeling of fullness
- You can prevent feeling of fullness by mixing some caraway into the food. The spice ensures that the food is better digestible.
- A cup of espresso can help digestion after a rich meal. On the other hand, you should better keep your fingers off the ever-popular digestive schnapps: Alcohol inhibits the burning of fat - so eating is even more difficult in your stomach.
- Artichokes (also available as juice or capsules) are rich in bitter substances that stimulate the liver and bile and thus help the body get rid of toxins more quickly.