New Year's Eve is traditionally the most well-fed night of Russians.
As one humorist joked, we buy food for two weeks to eat them after midnight, that is, when doctors categorically do not recommend eating food.
And yet you can act rationally – to do everything so that the holiday remains a holiday, and the morning hangover and heaviness in the stomach were kept to a minimum. World News gathered expert opinions on this issue.
As the Moscow nutritionist Antonina Starodubova says, the main recommendations for meeting the New Year are not so difficult to implement. In particular, the majority of Russians on December 31 are trying to starve in order to eat from the heart.
“However, remember that the holiday atmosphere is created not by overeating, but by positive emotions. Yes, and they are healthier for health. Therefore, eat during the day, as usual, several times, but in small portions. What do small portions mean?
Put your hands in a boat – this is the volume of food that your body can absorb without any problems in one meal (including the first, second and third!). Then at night you do not pounce on dishes like a hungry beast.
In addition, you should not spend this magical night sitting at the table. Try to move more, dance, go for a walk. All this will be remembered much more than what you ate.
Of course, the harm to oneself must also sometimes be allowed, they also form positive emotions. However, all the same, harm should not be limited to this holiday, ”says Dr. Starodubova.
And yet the New Year's Eve familiar to us is unthinkable without an olivier salad, herring under a fur coat, brawn, baked meat, champagne. We usually cook in incredible quantities. If Olivier is a basin, if jelly is a trough …
“Every self-respecting mistress of our country is convinced that if she does not have supplies for a company of soldiers, then she will suffer a terrible punishment. Only all of these volumes are not eaten at the feast itself, which means that they remain to eat on the following days. But many dishes are filled with perishable dressings and sauces. So, still beat your hands and do not cook more than your family and guests are able to eat in a night, well, a maximum – in the next morning, ”continues our expert.
Sanitary doctors, by the way, note that it is with the dishes that we used to savor with mayonnaise, most food poisonings are associated. After alcoholic, of course. In such an environment, pathogenic microorganisms multiply especially readily. So wise advice – try to diversify the "salad card" dishes with Italian dressings based on vegetable oil, mustard and spices.
Especially worth saying about Olivier. The most harmful thing in it, of course, is not even its high calorie content, but mayonnaise. 99% of hostesses in the country use mayonnaise from industrial production. Home cooking is not so difficult: gently whisk the chicken yolk, adding vegetable oil to it drop by drop, and then salt it. You can also add there mustard, lemon juice, spices.
In contrast to the industrial in the home there will be no flavors, no preservatives, or flavor enhancers. The only thing – it will be the same unbearably high-calorie.
In addition, instead of mayonnaise, the same Olivier can be seasoned with sauce based on fresh yogurt. And in order to turn this “king of salads” into a completely different version, replace pickled cucumbers in it with fresh apple, and canned peas with boiled one.
As for the traditional New Year's sandwiches with red caviar, it is better not to get involved with them. The delicacy contains a huge amount of salt, which retains fluid in the body, causing an increase in blood pressure.
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How and what to drink on the New Year
It is necessary to confine a glass of champagne on New Year's Eve and prefer dry wine.
The World Health Organization considers the following doses of this drink to be permissible and even beneficial to health: 0.2 liters for women and 0.3 liters for men.
Traditionally, red wine is considered more useful than white. It is better to buy it in large stores or networked specialized department stores. If you have any doubts about the origin of the drink, it is better to ask the seller documents on the products.
Before you drink alcohol, it is better to eat well – it will allow you to not get drunk for a long time. Eating too, necessarily. Folk sign that you need to drink a glass of vegetable oil before a feast is nothing more than a common myth. In this case, the oil will not have any beneficial effect on the body, it will not prevent a hangover, but not everyone can drink it in such a quantity. In addition, we must not forget that vegetable oil is fat in its pure form, which is the most high-calorie product (9 kilocalories per 1 gram), and on New Year's Eve a meal already has an increased caloric content.
Another tip – do not eat sweets and fat at the same time as alcohol, so it’s better to eat Napoleon on the morning of January 1. It is best to eat vegetables, fish, meat and foods high in vitamins B and C, magnesium, potassium and sulfur. They will help prevent hangovers. For example, it is broccoli, sauerkraut, lemon, red fish, eggs.
And, of course, you need to say about the dangers of large quantities of alcohol, which is confirmed by a huge amount of research around the world. Regular libations increase the risk of developing stomach and intestinal cancers, liver, breast, and melanoma. In addition, alcohol cleavage products affect DNA.
The hangover fight!
Of course, to believe that on the New Year's Eve we will all abruptly take the path of healthy lifestyles is unrealistic. Therefore, a hangover for many of us is inevitable. Of course, its degree depends on how much you drink the day before, and on how faithful you are to one drink (it is known that it is better not to interfere with alcohol, especially alcohol made from cereals and grapes).
And on January 1, many of us will be asked: what to do?
So, the toxic effect of alcohol on the body will be slightly weakened if you take a drug in the morning that contains succinic acid, or any acidified, unsweetened juice, cucumber or cabbage pickle, dairy products, mineral water and strong broth.
Prepare yourself a healing drink – dissolve half a glass of honey with warm water. Honey is an excellent folk remedy that relieves the symptoms of a hangover and calms the nervous system.
Do not forget about the sour milk (kefir bag should be purchased in advance). These products help to restore bowel and digestive glands after the New Year holidays.
In Armenia, the traditional cure for a hangover is Khash (something like a liquid aspic). In Russia, it is sour soup or soup-hodgepodge. Such dishes help restore impaired water-salt balance. In addition, green celery soup is extremely beneficial in terms of detoxifying the body.
To restore the liver and pancreas, you need to drink digestive enzymes that contain components of bovine bile.
To improve the cardiovascular system, adaptogen preparations based on potassium and magnesium will help.
Make sure that all of the above is found in your house on the morning of January 1, because shops and pharmacies may be closed.