….. “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
Luciano Pavarotti (2010)
Food rules tend to go out the window during the festive season, as we forgo managing our dietary intakes and sensible eating.
During this time of the year our homes tend to be stocked to the rafters with highly calorific food and drink, and well anything goes! … that sly mince pie for breakfast ,the fist- full of chocolates opportunistically grabbed, a glass of something pretty special always close to hand and plates pilled high from the late night attack of the munchies from the buffet table! and we’re not even talking about the main event!
Sound’s familiar?..then you’ll surely recognise the symptoms that can quickly follow over indulgence :
Bloating, heart burn, sickness and general all-round lethargy.
… Something that the fictional Blackadder identified with: “ I trust Christmas brings to you it’s traditional mix of good food and violent stomach cramps.”
(Blackadder’s Christmas Carol,1988)
So, why do we continue to surrender ourselves so enthusiastically to over- indulging when Christmas comes a calling? Well the festive season is very much a celebratory and social event where food and drink traditionally eaten at Christmas takes centre stage. One theory is that consuming rich calorific foods and drinks with their distinctive smells, textures and tastes evokes pleasurable memories and emotions of Christmas’s past. Which probably explains why we disregard food rules and banish thoughts about weight-gain.
Not to despair however as there are some beneficial benefits from festive eating… in moderation that is!
For meat eaters: Turkey is an excellent source of B6 and B12 vitamins essential for energy production and health.
Cranberries: Rich in Flavonoids, antioxidant nutrients that may be helpful in reducing Cardiovascular disease.
Brussel Sprouts (The ultimate Christmas vegetable): are high in Glucosinolates
chemicals believed to be cancer preventive.
Nuts (Unsalted variety): contain essential fatty acids vital for health and can help in keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
Dark chocolate (Only the best mind you think Solkiki!) : is high in Flavonoids, Magnesium,Manganese, Copper and Potassium.
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