or how to celebrate the winter holidays in a perfect form and enjoy the rich tables at the end of the year.


Christmas and the holidays around it are full of warm emotions, heartiness, expectations, dreams. We believe in the Christmas miracle and look for the magic all around us. December and to a certain extent January are filled with Christmas parties, name-days and all occasions for joy and positive emotions.

Everybody returns to their native places around Christmas, and this makes the holiday truly intimate and somewhat magical.

Christmas and New Year unfortunately, are also the periods when the emergency rooms in the hospitals are filled with cases of acute gastritis, biliary and pancreatic crisis or in other words said – people intoxicated from alcohol and food. That is why I’ll try to systematize my personal tips for “intelligent” celebration with the following lines – from the perspective of a doctor, but also a person who likes to have fun. 🙂


There’s no way to start with something else but alcohol. Its consumption calms us, but the excessive amounts give us the blues (alcohol is a depressant). The hangover you will have on the next day as a reward is incurable.

The British Medical Journal published recently that neither aspirin and bananas, nor our tripe soup help and there isn’t any scientific evidence that something from these recipes work. The solution that really works is not to overdo. Set a certain pace, don’t be influenced by the prompting of the others, do not mix different alcohols and drink enough water after each gulp of alcohol. The metabolism of some people processes alcohol more slowly than those of others and you should be aware where your limit is.


Alcohol increases many times the chance to take risks behind the wheel, so be responsible and drink soft drinks. Otherwise, book a taxi, drink&drive and act intelligently. The strong coffee and the cold shower won’t take out the alcohol from your body faster, nor will make driving safe.

Enjoy the food

People most often begin to noticeably worry that they have eaten too much saturated fats and too much sugar after the holidays. A study published in New England Journal of Medicine found that one in every 10 people has gained over 2kg during the time of holidays. I would say, here in Bulgaria – the gained kilograms are even more. Of course, it is best not to allow such overeating and there are a lot of advices on the topic, but I think the most important of them is hidden in the pleasure from the food and the Christmas and New Year’s experiences.

Do not fall upon the food, try to be satisfied with smaller portions and more frequently. It is believed that 20 minutes are needed from the beginning of eating until the satiety signals reach the brain. The served food right with its appearance causes release of digestive juices. During the diligent chewing acids for its degradation are released in the stomach and intestinal peristalsis is activated. That’s why the slower eating and prolonged chewing prepare the digestive tract for its work. They prevent the unpleasant feeling of discomfort in the abdominal region and heaviness after meal. And if you still “drop the reins” – return to a balanced diet as soon as possible.

The quickly gained kilograms are quickly lost!

Remember to exercise

The winter season does not usually predispose to walks, on the contrary, but it’s all about the habit. Emphasize on walks and games with the children. Take at least 20 minutes every day to do exercises, stretching or yoga. Go ski, have fun with the sled, make a snowman. All this, except that it will cheer you up, will help the caloric expenditure. There is nothing more pleasant than the winter jogging, of course well equipped and with a scarf in front of the mouth.

Get enough sleep

The Christmas holidays and the weekends suggest late-night parties and less sleep which may seriously stress our organism. Do not reduce the amount of sleep because of celebration, but rather try to fully relax.

Act “intelligently” and be prepared. Always take charcoal with you in case you get an upset stomach. This medication is quite valuable, as it immediately removes all harmful substances from the organism, which have been accumulated the previous evening. If you are provident you may take 1-2 tablets before a heavy night– you will hardly feel any discomfort on the next morning because the toxins will be “destroyed”.

Don’t forget also to obtain enzyme medication. Overeating leads to depletion of the digestive enzymes and increased acidity in the blood.

Make a cumin tea against intestinal bloating and wind.

Recipe for cumin tea:

1 tsp. cumin seed is boiled in 250ml water for 2-3 minutes. Leave it to cool. Filter it and drink. Cumin tea may be taken half a glass 2-3 times daily before meal.

St John’s wort tea is useful for the gastrointestinal tract too.

Don’t forget that the amount of the consumed food and beverages is the main reason for discomfort, but in the long run we alone choose when, how much and what type of food to eat, and what type and how many beverages to drink.

Wishing you an “intelligent” celebration!

Happy holidays!