This does not just happen during Christmas lunch or New Year's Eve dinner. The Christmas period is a real gastronomic marathon, which can last up to 4 or 5 weeks, from mid-December to January 7.
Let's keep in mind that a slightly "rich" meal can reach up to 4000 or 6000 calories (Kcal): twice or three times as many as we need on average for an entire day!
The most widespread is the false myth of the pineapple at the end of a meal: in fact, the pineapple contains bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme that destroys other proteins and has beneficial anti-inflammatory effects. However, it has – unfortunately - no slimming power.
11 tips for staying online during the holidays
- 1. Eat traditional Christmas food, but with moderation
- 2. Add vegetables to your menu
- 3. Resist the temptation of ready meals
- 4. Pay attention to seasonings
- 5. Always treat yourself to a good breakfast
- 6. Alternating light meals with stuffier ones
- 7. Eat homemade cakes
- 8. Do not skip meals
- 9. Drink plenty of water
- 10. Do not raise the glass too much
- 11. Do physical activity
1. Eating traditional dishes is fine, but beware of quantity
2. Vegetables: raw and cooked in the menu
A great holiday lunch, for example, could start with a delicious but healthy mix of vegetables in vinaigrette, a carpaccio of mushrooms and artichokes or a salad of raw cabbage.
These vegetables help the metabolism and digestion, facilitating the action of liver enzymes thanks to a substance called silymarin and thus helping to avoid the unpleasant aftermath of Christmas meals, including constipation, swelling and problems with the intestinal microbiota, the bacterial flora of our intestines.
3. Resist the call of the rotisserie
So, watch out for the expenses incurred in the wake of the enthusiasm of the rotisserie next door: it is better to indulge in but a few ready meals, and while instead buying fresh ingredients to create the dishes of your holiday meals with our hands. For the less brave ones, there are dozens of excellent recipes to follow, suitable for any skill level.
4. Pay attention to condiments
Never abound with salt, as it raises blood pressure and promotes water retention. To flavour the dishes, it is better to focus on spices, perhaps recovering the typical aromas of Christmas cooking, such as cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, saffron and cloves, which are also useful to facilitate the digestive processes.
5. Always treat yourself to a good breakfast
6. Alternating loads
7. Yes to traditional desserts, if homemade
Alternatives? A spoon dessert based on red fruits and blueberries, which fight the free radicals responsible for aging, or a fresh seasonal fruit sorbet.
8. Do not skip meals
At the same time, on the "lightest" days, it is also good to remember to have some snacks, excellent for the metabolism: fruit or vegetables are recommended in the middle of the morning and in the afternoon. Dried fruit is also an excellent appetizer: although it is a very caloric food, an amount between ten and twenty grams a day brings minerals, fibre and fat useful for the well-being of the body. Almonds stand out for being the least caloric and the richest in proteins.
9. Drink plenty of water
To enjoy drinking away from meals, in addition to natural water we have other excellent allies. Green and red teas are rich, among other things, in natural antioxidants, promote digestion and also act on the liver, hindering the accumulation of fat. The infusion of gymnema leaves (Gymnema sylvestre), an ayurvedic plant called "sugar inhibitors", is a valuable help to reduce blood sugar levels.
Consuming them after eating is a healthy habit for all seasons, not just during Christmas holidays.
10. Restricting alcohol and sugary drinks
It will avoid any sense of guilt ... and will help to make us spend pleasant holidays!
If diet and exercise increase in quantity and complexity, the pyramid proposes the correct complementary dosage of movement and nutrition over a typical week: from what you need to practice or take more frequently, to what is useful, but serves less. The mental approach is necessary for a balanced life based on constant exercise and proper nutrition.