The holiday season has arrived which means there will be plenty of celebratory meals and festive gatherings — most of which won’t be the best for your health. It’s not uncommon to experience more flares during the holiday season due to the high consumption of trigger foods. As a gout sufferer, you’re likely aware of what your worst triggers are, but it can be tricky to say no.
You might be pressured by your peers or you simply can’t say no to it just this one time. Whatever it may be, you need to come prepared this time. You want to be able to enjoy yourself without hurting your health. In this article, we will discuss the top holiday triggers for gout and some tips and tricks on how to navigate them and avoid a painful flare-up.
Turkey is often the main dish during Thanksgiving. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about avoiding this item since it does not have as much purines as red meat does. If there’s chicken, great! Reach for those too. Just keep in mind that you still need to limit your portion sizes. Be wary of other meats like beef, ham, and meat gravies. These contain a lot of purines and could trigger a gout attack.
Serving seafood? It’s okay to have just one serving of this food category. You’ll want to pay attention to herring, sardines, anchovies, tuna, mussels, codfish, trout, scallops, and haddock. These are the types of seafood that have the highest purine content. (Here are some more Foods to Eat & Foods to Avoid).