25 Dec '14, 9am

How to survive the holiday eating season:

Which dishes should I skip to avoid that sluggish post-holiday-meal feeling? Heaping scoops of mashed potatoes and stuffing draw blood and digestive juices to the Gi tract, giving you a swollen, stuffed feeling. Adding to the damage are heavily salted foods like gravy; they increase thirst, so you drink more, leaving you even more sluggish. It takes at least 24 hours for the body to clear this excess. Scale back on portion size to reduce volume and sodium intake. Aim for slightly less than a serving size. Wine or Beer? Wine's fewer calories give it a slight boost over beer: 120 calories for a five-ounce glass versus 156 for a 12-ounce bottle. Beer's bubbles and "big" volume fill up some drinkers more quickly—meaning combined with food, beer is more apt to tip you over the fullness line. Too much wine, on the other hand, may cause hangover headaches. But it's not all bad: B...

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