During Eid al-Adha, meat and sweets can be consumed too much. Experts warn that portions should be measured and plenty of fluids should be consumed. Yeditepe University Faculty of Health Sciences Deputy Dean and Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Binnur Okan Bakır gave important warnings about the meat eaten during the Eid al-Adha, and talked about the well-known misconceptions about detoxes after the feast.

Starting his words by saying, “It is very normal for us to go beyond our routine diet, our usual intake, or to eat different foods during the holidays”, Bakır continued her words as follows:

“In this process, we can be both psychologically and socially in different environments and different feelings. There can be treats. Maybe this year, gatherings will be limited due to pandemic conditions, but there may be some changes in both our food intake and portion sizes.

The key here is portion control. Because whether you consume sweets or pastries, if you have portion control and can control yourself in this area, it will not be a big problem. Of course, let’s not compromise on the principles of healthy nutrition, let’s follow the basic nutrition principles as much as possible on our special days. For example, it is necessary to consume enough fresh vegetables and fruits, not to consume too much red meat, and not to cook the meat at very high temperatures or by methods where the meat is in direct contact with fire, such as barbecue.

Underlining the importance of liquid consumption, Bakır said, “We will experience very high temperatures this year during the holiday. Therefore, if possible, it is necessary not to neglect fluid intake at all. Together with fresh vegetables and fruits, we contribute a little to our fluid intake. But we also do not forget to drink water. Because by liquid we mean mainly water or ayran. Although the consumption of beverages such as tea and coffee seems to contribute to fluid intake, it triggers fluid loss from the body. Therefore, it is necessary not to neglect to take adequate and appropriate fluids”.

Stating that shock and detox programs should be avoided after overeaten meals during the feast, Bakır said, “There are programs such as shock and detox that are applied as a current for 3-4 days after the feast or after special days. These programs should be avoided. This is both mental and mental. as well as physical torture. There are biological and psychological harms in the matter. In fact, our body already has a detoxification system that works very well.

This is not something that can happen in 1-2 days, it is a system that is constantly going on. We know that if your immune system is working properly, there is already a self-functioning detoxification system in your body 365 days a year.

While there is a system that works to remove unwanted substances and remove toxic substances, when you try to compensate for this by eating only liquid foods and vegetable juices for 2-3 days, saying ‘I will detox after the holiday’, there will definitely be both mental and physical harm. Days spent with vegetable juices under the name of detox have no place in the literature. So let’s not torture ourselves with unnecessary, restrictive practices.”

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