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A Reminder of Holiday Feast Dangers

Friday, November 21st, 2014

I wrote about these dangers last year, but these reminders and tips are worthwhile for another look.

Everyone is anxiously awaiting Thanksgiving meals and Christmas feasts.  Families use these times for reunions and just getting the family together, away from their busy schedules.  Tons of turkey, gravy, mash potatoes, stuffing, appetizers, cookies, breads, and pumpkins pies are being prepared.  Mass amounts of food and alcohol will be consumed.   Here lies the danger- most of these food items are VERY ACIDY.  Lacking in these meals are multiple vegetables and salads.  The results of these acidy meals are many.  The most prominent reaction is Gastric Reflux.  Other problems that the fire department frequently get calls for during the holidays are: Syncope (loss of consciousness), strokes and TIAs (mini strokes), choking, heart problems, anxiety problems,  and alcohol related problems.  Here are a few simple things you can do to prevent these issues.  For appetizers stay away from foods that contain high amounts of salt; examples are processed cheeses, shrimp, deviled eggs, and others.  Dairy items like dips with cream cheese are also a problem.  Hummus is a great substitute for dairy dips.  New spicy hummus dips are very popular now.  Veggies with stuffed mushrooms or petite stuffed green, red, or yellow peppers are also popular.

For the dinner portion, try an organic turkey and brine it yourself.  Cooking the stuffing separately will prevent any bacteria problems with the stuffing.  Instead of using only potatoes for the mash potatoes, add cooked cauliflower or parsnips to the mix.  Add more cooked vegetables and salad to balance out the already heavy acid of the meal.  A good idea for a salad is an apple salad.  Apples are very BASIC and will counter-act the other acidy foods.  It is a great addition to the Holiday meal.  When dishing up the meal try to give moderate amounts of food to the plate.  Let your guests go back for more if they need to.  Have plenty of water and juices available to drink to counter- act the acid of the alcohol and sodas consumed.  Have water glasses on the table.  Try and get everyone to walk after the dinner to help digest the meal.  If your seniors takes a nap after the meal, monitor them afterward for confusion or difficulty with speech.  Hopefully these suggestions will ensure a healthy and happy gathering.  Happy Holidays.

Extra Note:  Look up my “Holiday Feast Recipes” in my recipe section for turkey and appetizer ideas.  Try my “Winter Baking Recipes”  for gluten-free cookie ideas.