Ten tips to compensate for excesses in Christmas food
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frugal breakfast . Skipping breakfast is always a mistake, even the day after a lavish and excessive dinner. Breakfast in these weeks can be more frugal and soft, but it is not worth ignoring it. It serves to regain strength and so that, when we sit down to eat, we do so with a normal appetite and with less anxiety.
Light menu , but exquisite. Low-calorie foods (vegetables, fruit, fish...) should be combined with simple preparations and give a sophisticated touch to the traditional recipe: an original sauce, an exotic food, a suggestive presentation.
Cleansing foods as part of the menu. They stimulate the depurative organs (liver, kidneys, intestine) and relieve discomfort due to excesses, such as heaviness in the stomach, a feeling of swelling, flatulence or headache. Foods that invigorate the liver are vegetables with a slightly bitter taste (endive, chicory, artichoke, thistle, aubergine, dandelion infusions and milk thistle), while vegetables and fruits, such as celery, asparagus, borage, apple or pear, activate the purifying action of the kidney.
Fiber-rich foods help to evacuate and relieve a swollen belly. A fruit compote mixed with nuts and prunes, a yogurt with bran, drinking water and a long walk help this purpose.
A yogurt a day promotes better digestion.
Entree salad. Raw foods are rich in enzymes, which help the body to perform better digestion.
Sprouts in the salad. Bean sprouts, alfalfa, wheat or barley contain enzymes that counteract gas.
Share the leftovers. Sharing leftover meals with friends and family is a trick to avoid overeating the rest of the day.
Desserts and coffees without sugar . Rather than opt for saccharin-type sweeteners, the healthy advice is to accustom the palate to the natural flavors of foods, including the slight bitterness of coffee and tea.
Walking an hour a day , at least, helps improve digestion and that calories do not accumulate in the body. It does not have to be an hour followed by activity, but the walk can be divided into two half-hour batches, one time in the morning and another in the afternoon.
The amount that is eaten the day before and the day after the extraordinary meals is a point of support to compensate for the excesses.
The day before the big lunch or dinner you can consume:
Breakfast : green tea, bifidus yogurt with oatmeal and prunes and applesauce.
Food : borage or celery broth, borage with pumpkin, steamed hake with ratatouille and wholemeal bread and digestive infusion (chamomile, licorice).
Snack : bifidus yogurt.
Dinner : broth of borage or celery, cream of pumpkin, onion and brown rice and whole wheat bread with fresh cheese and honey.
The next day:
Breakfast : green tea, natural fruit salad (pineapple, papaya, banana, pear, apple), orange juice and bifidus yogurt.
Food : vegetable broth, thistle with artichokes, asparagus and clams, bifidus yogurt.
Afternoon snack : grapes, chamomile infusion.
Dinner : midday vegetable broth, full salad (endive, chicory, pomegranate and chopped nuts), wholemeal bread and relaxing infusion.
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