Christmas has arrived, how to stay in shape at the table?

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Really miss a few days at Christmas but also the classic “binges”… The invitation to eat but also to prepare the most delicious recipes come from all over, but we must be prepared before not to gain weight and to limit damage to the line. The same applies also to the end of the Christmas holidays to get back into shape after lunches and dinners with family and friends.

The choices to be made are two and must be peremptory and jerk to the rule: the first is that, if you plan to eat and taste a bit of everything, you have to get to Christmas “in debt” of pounds in the sense that, by providing in average weight gain, you will lose it first.

Diet for Christmas
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The second rule is that even if you have abused, in the post holiday however you must work to get back in shape and to cleanse the body.

You have to convince the fact that having arrived with a few pounds less at Christmas does not mean that weight that you have recovered should not be disposed of.

We will give you so many useful tips to prepare for the full season of calories and the “disposal” next…

How to deal with the long Christmas period related to binge eating at the table?

For the tradition will provide lunch and dinner really abundant, as the full menu, featuring red meat and especially processed food and high fat, includes appetizers, main courses, vegetables, breads and cakes.

Excess food in those days, in quality and in quantity is present in all the tables, and more. The best way to compensate for long meals and abundant, tied to the Christmas season, is to try to appease the hunger as possible, arrive at supper with the appetite controlled as much as possible.

So what is the best strategy in this case?

I would recommend, for example, a healthy drink made from nuts (walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, salt-free, strictly organic and indigenous origin), accompanied by raw vegetables chopped, an extract and / or centrifuged of fresh fruit. This strategy, let’s call it, it allows us to get to the Christmas meals with the food cravings more balanced and, above all, controlled.

At the table on Christmas Day as consuming the food

Over the Christmas period the board of consuming the food slowly with small portions and trying to stretch as much as possible the time between courses and the other: in this way you can have more control over your appetite. Appropriate for greater conviviality, given just the Christmas spirit.

It is true that drinking a digest or a lemon sorbet at the end of lunch / dinner gargantuan, helps digest?

We begin with the dispel certain stereotypes related to Christmas: it is absolutely true that a digestive made from hard liquor (e.g. Walnut or myrtle), improves digestion. When, after a great feast, drink liquor our gastro intestinal system, already forced to a “super-work”, it should take further specific enzymes and therefore a surplus of extra work for our digestive system.

Ditto for the sorbet: The cold of an ice cream or just a sorbet that reaches the stomach, after a meal, actually blocks the digestion, plus the traditional recipe for sorbet contains Cointreau, liquor with high alcohol content. Furthermore, the high presence of sugars further increases the blood sugar and insulin levels, bringing the subject, in the following minutes, to fatigue and drowsiness.

So why not replace the classic with a mild digestive walk that stimulates intestinal peristalsis (i.e. digestion), to help digest the copious meal just finished?

How to regain weight after-Christmas?

Green light to a poor diet based on whole grains, vegetables and fruits indigenous or Kilometer Zero, biological and respecting the seasonality avoiding the use of cooked fat (meaning, for example, fried onion, olive oil and tomato).

It could provide an example of proper nutrition after the debauchery Christmas?

  • Post-Christmas breakfast: 1 citrus juice, 1 centrifuged fruit and vegetables to taste, a slice of dark bread or integral with a hint of honey.
  • Post-Christmas lunch: 1 vegetable soup homemade (strictly without nut and without salt!) No potatoes, and possibly with little rice (preferably integral, because it is rich in fiber) and some toasted dark bread, possibly a side dish of raw vegetables with added oil seeds, seasoned with lemon and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Post-Christmas Dinner: Cream of legumes and vegetables, no potatoes, oil and spices raw. Outline of raw or cooked vegetables as desired and dried fruit.

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