Tips to avoid over-indulging during the holidays are endless and can often set you up for failure. We asked nutritionist Cristina Tahoces about the unknown nutritional benefits of traditional holiday foods and drinks – so that you celebrate the holidays guilt-free. After all, holiday festivities are meant to celebrate good times with family and friends and yes that includes enjoying foods and beverages you normally wouldn’t have on a regular basis.
The favorite Christmas drink in our household is mulled wine and whilst it contains copious sugar, which of course is naughty, there are compounds found in red wine that are worth celebrating. Red wine actually contains flavonoids, antioxidants and a polyphenol called resveratrol which can lower your risk of heart disease. Resveratrol acts to reduce your risk for blood clots and can help increase your beneficial HDL cholesterol. So next time your family is stressing you out during the holidays, raise a glass of red wine to your health and theirs!
I am a big fan of the traditional Christmas meal with the golden roast turkey, brussel sprouts and roasted carrots and root vegetables. There is so much nutritious goodness in that meal that many people take for granted.
After your big meal, serving tea can be a digestion saver that helps alleviate the bloating, gas and indigestion which are so common over the holidays.
Cristina Tahoces is a holistic nutritionist and owner of Thrive Nutrition Practice. She studied at the Edison of Institute of Nutrition in Toronto where she graduated with a First Class Honours Diploma in Holistic Nutrition. Thrive Nutrition Practice is Cristina’s third baby and she focuses on post-natal recovery, blood sugar regulation and digestive healing. Cristina uses whole food as therapy to nourish, support and transform her clients’ health. Her strategies are practical, family-friendly and based on science – not fad.
This article was independently written by Healthy Matters. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.
Healthy Matters is Hong Kong’s leading health resource. Our mission is to help you make better health decisions and take control of your health.
Our team of experts is committed to producing reliable health content that is accurate, engaging and relevant, to cover your health & wellness journey from prevention to treatment.
Whether you are looking for trusted information on health conditions, wellbeing or looking for the right doctor or service in Hong Kong, we’re here to help!
Your health matters. Begin your health journey with Healthy Matters today!