Take care of your heart at Christmas

Eat healthy to have a strong heart

Take Care of Your Heart at Christmas: Tips for Healthy Family Meals

 

Christmas foods and your heart

At this time of year and due to the climate of family meals and gift exchanges, many people with heart conditions decide to make an exception in their care.

However, according to a study, it is precisely in this period and during the summer holidays when the risk of suffering a myocardial infarction among the population increases. Therefore, it is necessary to take precautions to face these dates so as not to ruin the efforts made throughout the year.

Sit at the table 5 times a day

Health professionals recommend that we try to eat in the same order as the rest of the year: breakfast, lunch, lunch, snack and dinner.

In this way, we will not alter the intake guidelines that our body has already internalized and we will be able to enjoy these dates in a healthy way. Also, if you want to prepare your body for a great meal, you can mount a snack of nuts before the feast to alert your body.

Plan to guarantee your cardiovascular health

It is very common to go to bars and restaurants with our family and friends to spend time together on these dates. If the day and time of that meal have already been closed for a long time, plan your menu and think about those foods that can best suit your heart.

Moderation and good habits when eating

Once we start eating we must avoid some foods to avoid unpleasantness:

  • Foods with a lot of salt.
  • Sugar in desserts.
  • Red meat
  • Alcohol
  • Foods with a lot of fat.

Obviously, if you want to try any of these foods or drink a little you can too. However, the key is in moderation and knowing your state of health. If you have any questions about what you can or cannot consume, consult your doctor.

How can I help my heart after eating?

On these special dates when we eat excessively, it is necessary to help our hearts with sports. For this reason, it is a good idea to walk briskly through the natural areas of your municipality or even take a bike ride.

This physical activity will also allow you to arrive a little hungry for the next meal and see how they have placed the Christmas decorations in your neighborhood.

Don't obsess over weight

Christmas is a favorable period of time to gain weight due to the celebrations, gatherings of friends and the weather that invites you to be at home. Therefore, it is not necessary that you go to the scale every so often to control your weight. You will benefit your body more if you do not cook in large quantities when cooking, so you will save yourself from having the fridge full of leftovers.

The cold can affect your heart

The cold can influence the creation of clots that in some cases can compress an artery in the heart. Therefore, if you suffer from a heart ailment, it is recommended that every time you leave the house you wrap up warm and avoid rushing, since stress is also bad for this organ. The stress of these dates combined with the rush to do everything can lead to a heart attack.