Research has shown that eating one high fat meal can render your arteries less effective at pumping blood for up to 12 hours. Fat can cause the lining of your arteries to spasm, reducing the space for blood to flow. At the holidays when one big meal follows another, your arteries have few chances to recover from the damage.
Treat this time of year like an eating marathon and not a sprint. Fill your plate with vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains at meals, saving a little bit of room for richer treats.