During Advent and Christmas - especially on holidays - we have a lot to offer our stomach. With the quantities 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 stomach problems and what helps, if you have exaggerated it.
No Christmas without a feast
A lavish feast is just as much a part of it for 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 kinds 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 an appetizer
- 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 of course allowed, but if you stomach your stomach with bratwurst, fries, roasted almonds and crêpes at the same time, it can make your food startlingly sour. So do not overdo it for the sake of your stomach! Or at least take a break between something that is 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 banquet, but there is a true food marathon, which brings the stomach to its limits. So that your stomach does not go limp, you should treat him occasionally a break.
For example, if you overdo it at lunch, make the dinner a bit 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 at 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 ruin the joy of Christmas quickly. 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. Even alcoholic drinks should be enjoyed only in moderation.
- Take more small meals instead of three large meals. If the stomach is full, it increases the pressure and promotes the development of heartburn.
- Do not eat anything for three hours before going to bed. 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 cumin 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 feelings 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.
Tips for stomach ache
- Lie on the sofa with a warm hot water bottle or a warm cherry stone pillow and rest.
- A warm peppermint or chamomile tea helps to soothe the troubled stomach again.
- Do not go for rich, fatty foods, but grab soups, salads or vegetables - that protects the stomach.