We’re looking forward to wine, tamales and many other Christmas foods and drinks but who knew that in a single Christmas or New Year’s Eve party one could eat the calories normally consumed in two full days? This can even be doubled in cases when you visit one side of the family for lunch and the other for dinner.
We tend to eat constantly when in a festive mood and engulfed in conversation with other guests. We down a few sweet drinks followed by repeated appetizers and small plates before dinner even begins. Then comes dessert (or a few!) and eggnog. All this can easily add up to 4,000 calories.
This eating behavior is normal during the last weeks of the year. We all put on a few pounds. Just because it’s common, however, doesn’t mean we should accept it. It can have detrimental effects on our health, subjecting our bodies to a stress of sorts. It can cause gastritis, colitis, reflux, and in those with chronic diseases like hypertension or diabetes is can lead to a crisis. One way to avoid eating so much is to drink a lot of water throughout the day.