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Avoid a Holiday Heart Attack

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 08:33 AM

The holiday season not only brings on too much eating and drinking, it’s also the time when “Holiday Heart Syndrome” occurs. This phrase refers to the spike in heart attacks during this time of the year. In fact, statistics show that Christmas Day is the deadliest day of the year, followed by December 26 and New Year’s Day.

Here are some tips to avoid being a “Holiday Heart Syndrome” statistic:

• Eliminate as many fatty, sugary foods as possible from your holiday menu.

• Avoid store-bought foods. Instead, make your own versions from healthier ingredients. Serve baked apples, for instance, instead of apple pie.

• Buy a smaller turkey, or just prepare a turkey breast. Donate the money you would have spent to the poor.

• If you’re going to a buffet-style party, survey the food first, and then go and fill your plate, once only. Avoid return trips!

• Don’t keep your leftovers; use them to make up meals for shut-ins or others who can use the extra food over the holidays.

Above all, remember the reason for the season. The holiday season was not intended as a time for gluttony; it is a time set aside to celebrate your faith.

© HealthDay

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