Those who are suffering from high blood pressure these days, what recommendations should they take so that they can deal with this problem, we will review the important points in this field together.
With all its benefits, Eid visits bring a great stress to people who are on a slimming diet or suffer from relatively common diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. This stress is nothing but facing all kinds of fatty and salty or sweet and high-calorie foods. For this reason, in the rest of this article, we have some recommendations for people who have to follow certain diets and want to go to a party, and some recommendations for their hosts.
If you have high blood pressure and you went to a party…
If you have high blood pressure and go to an Eid party, be sure to follow these precautions:
1- Definitely, raw nuts will be the best option for you compared to salted nuts.
2- Drinking caffeinated coffee or tea has limitations for you. It is better not to consume more than 2 to 3 cups of tea or coffee during parties. Foods containing caffeine increase blood pressure and heart rate.
3- You can eat up to 15 grams of dark chocolate per day. The flavonoids and antioxidants in this type of chocolate help to gradually reduce blood pressure.
4- Substitute raisins for sugar at parties. Raisins are rich in potassium and are recommended for people with high blood pressure.
5- Do not neglect the use of oranges in the party. Vitamin C and other antioxidants in oranges help to lower your blood pressure.
If your guest has high blood pressure…
If you host people with high blood pressure, follow these tips:
1- Do not bring them salted nuts.
2- Remove the salt shaker from the dining table.
3- Be sure to put banana and kiwi in your fruit basket. Both of these fruits contain a significant amount of potassium and help regulate blood pressure. These people can eat up to 3 small kiwis a day.
4- Instead of them, add some cinnamon sticks because cinnamon lowers blood pressure.
If you have diabetes and you went to a party…
If you have diabetes and go to visit, be sure to follow these tips:
1- The first and most important advice to you is to never go to a party on an empty stomach so that you don’t get the urge to overeat and consume all kinds of sweets. You can drink a glass of water before the party.
2- Eat nuts in moderation, and this moderation means limiting the consumption of nuts to less than a handful during the day.
3- If you get a craving for sweets, choose the smallest sweets and instead, draw a line around chocolate and sugar. Remember that excessive consumption of dates, raisins, berries and figs is no different from eating sugar.
4- At the party, eat fruit first, so that your desire to eat sweets subsides, and then decide whether you want to eat sweets or not.
If your guest has diabetes…
If you are hosting people with diabetes, follow these tips:
1- Put some cinnamon next to their fruit bowl. Eating apples and bananas with cinnamon helps control their blood sugar and is very enjoyable and exciting.
2- Do not offer creamy or large sweets to diabetic patients.
3- Put a small container of honey or raisins next to the tea of these people.
4- For your diabetic guests, buy dark chocolate with a purity above 7.5%.
If you are on a diet and you went to a party…
If you were on a diet and went to a party, be sure to follow these tips:
1- Do not go to a party hungry. If you try to have all the main meals during Nowruz based on the diet and calories needed by your body and do not skip any of the meals, you can go to the party with less food cravings and eat your snacks at the party. help yourself.
2- Go for low calories. For sure, in every party, there are different foods, some of which are less caloric and at the same time, more nutritious. For example, if there are both raw nuts and salted nuts in the party, you choose raw nuts. If you have both fresh fruit and dried fruit in front of you, take fresh fruit, which have less calories than dried fruit in equal volume. Tea and coffee without sugar are always preferable to instant coffees full of sugar. Dark chocolates are also low in calories and far more nutritious than other chocolates.
3- Keep yourself talking. Seeing and visiting Eid is to know about the current situation of friends and people around. So instead of watching TV and eating whatever food they put in front of you, spend your time talking and having fun. Talking between meals reduces appetite.
4- Limit the foods in front of you. Even if the host leaves you dishes full of colorful foods, keep some of these foods based on your diet and ask the host not to take the rest from the table.
5- Before going to the party and until reaching the destination, chew gum. This strategy will help reduce your cravings and appetite.
6- At the beginning of the party, ask your host for a glass of water. Drinking water during the day, in addition to preventing dehydration, also reduces appetite. Consuming tea or juicy and low-calorie fruits such as cucumber at the beginning of the party can control appetite.
7. Take a walk. If it is possible for you and the distance from home to the party is less than 1 hour (on foot), go to the party on foot and come back.
8- Do not compliment. Ask the host not to offer you foods that are forbidden in the diet and high in calories, such as cream sweets.
9- Don’t stay for dinner and lunch. If you want to avoid gaining a few kilos by the end of Nowruz holidays, stay at home for dinner and lunch and eat according to your desired diet. It is better to allocate the time to go to the party between 10 and 12 in the morning, 5 to 7 in the evening or 9 to 11 in the evening, which is the time to eat snacks.
10- Do not overeat at night. If you have to go to a party between 9 and 11 p.m., just eat one or two fruits and a small cup of tea during these hours to get a good night’s sleep. If you do not like the host, it is better to ask him for a cup of warm milk instead of tea during these hours. By increasing the release of serotonin, milk will relax and improve your night’s sleep.
If your guest is on a diet…
If you are hosting people who are on a diet, follow these tips:
1- Don’t force them too much and force them to eat high-calorie foods.
2- Bring them fresh fruits instead of dry fruits.
3- Remove sugar and sweet chocolates from the table and replace them with dark chocolate, berries, dates and raisins.
4- If possible, prepare a fruit salad for them and treat your guests with a colorful bowl of fruit salad.
5- In order for your guest not to be embarrassed about his weight loss diet and you can put different foods in front of him and not stimulate him to eat, use smaller dishes to serve foods such as nuts.
6- In order to put a smaller volume of high-calorie foods such as nuts in front of your dieting guest, use shelled nuts such as paper almonds or cashews with skin. Never put peeled and salted nuts in front of these guests so as not to prevent them from losing weight and getting healthy.
Salamat Weekly – translated by Lili Afrogh: