-- Randy Dotinga
FRIDAY, Dec. 24 (HealthDay News) -- It's one of the ironies of
the holiday season that a rich meal -- maybe one of your favorites
of the whole year -- can leave you feeling mighty poor.
An unsettling meal can lead to nausea, abdominal pain and even
symptoms such as fatigue and sadness. Conditions like lactose
intolerance or celiac disease also pose their own unique
"We all love holiday food, but we can't let the buffet get the best of us," Dr. Charlene Prather, a professor of gastroenterology at Saint Louis University, said in a news release from the university. "It's better to enjoy a few delicious dishes that agree with you. Then, you'll truly enjoy other special parts of the season."
A buffet, in fact, can spell a special kind of trouble at
holiday time. "We don't want to take too long choosing our food and
hold up the line of people waiting behind us. We don't want to hurt
the chef's feelings, and we may not realize how large our portions
are because the food is served in such large quantities," Prather
said. "But for those who have food problems, it's worth it to ask
what ingredients are in a dish and take our time choosing what
If you have celiac disease or another kind of gluten-intolerance
condition, Prather recommends that you stay away from wheat, rye
and barley. Gluten-free bread is an alternative, as are potatoes,
rice, soy and quinoa.
Prather has other suggestions:
If you're worried about indigestion and upset stomach, watch out
for fat and booze. Casseroles with lots of mayonnaise and
butter-filled desserts can cause symptoms, so look for dishes with
grains, fruits and vegetables instead.
If you have lactose intolerance, you should of course avoid
dairy products like milk (except soy milk) and cheese (except for
harder cheeses like Swiss and cheddar, which may be softer on your
stomach). Also beware of ice cream and cheesecake.
Whatever your limitations, try to find foods that will keep your
stomach happy while pleasing your taste buds, too.
Learn more about indigestion from the
U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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