Christmas is a time when family gets together to eat, drink, and open gifts! For people with hypertension, it could be hard on the holidays. On top of the stress from the holidays, there’s also so much delicious food that it’s tempting to eat it all. However, there are certain foods that you should avoid in order to stop your blood pressure from spiking! It is also always a good idea to have your blood pressure monitor handy for checks, especially throughout the holiday season!

Salt

1. Salt

The average America eats around 3400mg of salt, but hypertensive people should only eat about 1500mg.

deli meat

2. Deli Meat

Deli meats are cured, seasoned, and preserved with lots of salt. When the Christmas ham gets passed around, try not to put it on your plate!

alcohol

3. Too Much Alcohol

Small, moderate amounts is good for your heart, but too much could cause your blood pressure to spike. Limit yourself to only one glass for dinner!

Soup

4. Canned Soup

If you decide to make a soup, it’s better to make it from scratch! It’ll be a lot more work, but it’s worth it since canned soup has too much sodium.

chicken

5. Chicken Skin

You might be thinking, isn’t white meat actually good for you? It is, but not the skin. The skin is high in saturated fats and that can cause your cholesterol to increase.

coffee

6. Coffee and Soda

Too much caffeine can also increase your blood pressure, so it’s better to skip the after dinner coffee dessert.

raspberry pie

7. Sugar

It’s best to choose a dessert that’s low on fructose and sugar! We recommend opting for sliced fruits instead that’s low on fructose like passion fruit.

You might have seen this list and think that Christmas is only one day, so it should be okay to cheat. But, those one days add up and it’s better to stay consistent and strong!