High Blood Pressure: Keeping high blood pressure at bay is all about keeping your sodium intake to a minimum;a daunting task during holiday meals filled with salty soups and brined birds. Your goal should be to keep your daily sodium intake at or below 2,300 milligrams, according to Downes. Slashing salt from your diet doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a tasteless turkey. You can still flavor your festive fowl with herbs, spices and salt-free seasonings. Blood pressure-reducing foods you can indulge in include: sweet potatoes, squash, kale, carrots and green beans.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): There is one guest that is never welcome at a holiday gathering: gas. For the good of everyone at the table, IBS sufferers should double-check side dishes and stray away from traditional gas-producers, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and beans. For keeping diarrhea and constipation in check, Downes advises sticking to small portions of sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic food and beverages, while opting instead for whole grains, fruits, vegetables and other sources of fiber.
Acid Reflux: If you suffer from acid reflux, moderation is the key to having a merry meal. This principal applies to both food and alcoholic drink—overindulging in either can lead to holiday heartburn. Keeping nausea at bay also means shying away from some perennial favorites such as peppermint lattes and chocolate bark. Along with citrus, mint and chocolate are notorious instigators of acid reflux. Resist the urge to lie down after a big meal. Instead, gather up you loved ones and go for a walk to help your food digest.