Thanksgiving officially launches the holiday season! A season of feasting, festivities and fun is something that we are all looking forward to after the crazy year we’ve had! But let’s not forget that we have to be sensible when it comes to our safety and the safety of others! To keep it light-hearted and kind of fun, here are five top tips that we believe can help you through the holiday season!
Heartburn - Overeating combined with fatty foods can lead to burning chest pain and an acid taste. Moderation is the key to avoiding post-turkey heartburn. Most cases of heartburn can be treated with a glass of water or milk, or an over-the-counter antacid. Be sure to check that you can take these medications along with any current prescribed medications as some of them can interact with each other, so check with your doctor or pharmacists beforehand. The best ways to avoid getting heartburn in the first place include:
- Not lying down for at least three hours after eating.
- Elevating the head of your bed six inches.
- Avoiding cigarette smoking and large meals.
Anyone experiencing heartburn two to three times a week should consult a physician. It may be a sign of ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease or other serious problems.
Weight Gain - The average American gains two pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's. This may not sound like much, but after five years that's an additional ten pounds...just from the holidays. There's no harm in enjoying the great foods of Thanksgiving, but it is important not to over do it.
Here are some suggestions to avoid having your own holiday leftovers:
- Select small portions; this enables you to try a little bit of everything.
- Eat those foods that you don't get during the rest of the year like stuffing and sweet potatoes.
- Skip the fatty trimmings like gravy, butter and whip cream.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Increase your physical activity.
Choking - The number one cause of choking is eating too quickly or while doing something else, such as talking, drinking or laughing. People need to be hyper vigilant about what their children are putting in their mouths during the holidays. These things can be food or small parts of toys received as presents. Choking is an emergency that can quickly lead to death if not treated promptly. The main things that people can do to avoid choking are to eat slowly and watch children closely, particularly if their new toys contain small and fiddly parts.
Excessive Drinking - Besides a nasty hangover and obvious safety hazards, over-imbibing can have many negative effects, some social and some physical including:-
- an inflammation of the pancreas
- hepatitis and an irregular heartbeat.
The holidays are a time of celebration, but also can be very stressful leading people to drink more than they normally would. Drinking is fine as long as it's done in moderation. Drinking in moderation means no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men. And most importantly, never drink and drive!
If you are visiting family members and have to travel, if you don’t want to miss out, why not pre-order a taxi or arrange alternative transportation. Better still, nominate a designated driver, and take turns throughout the festive season, so that way a person may have a rest from drinking for one whole day! This could lead to your body having a day off celebrating, and it may thank you for it in the long term!
Cuts and burns - Cuts and burns are some of the most common ‘Thanksgiving Day’ injuries as people are busy preparing a big holiday meal.
Here are some tips for kitchen safety:
- Keep an ABC-rated fire extinguisher nearby.
- Make sure pot handles are turned away from the stove's edge.
- Use a sharp knife. (Most accidents occur with dull knives.)
- Keep your cutting board secure by using a non-skid pad.
- Use pots and pans with cool-touch handles.
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