holidays are not only distinguished by their colorful gifts and living
with family and friends, but also lend themselves to all kinds of
excesses in the diet. Therefore, we offer several tips for the benefit
of your silhouette and overall health.
Christmas and New Year
have a bad reputation for triggering many cases of heartburn, digestive
disorders and havoc on the body weight control. Indeed, this season we
can enjoy all kinds of dishes and desserts high in calories, but it is
also possible to prevent all these delicious foods affect our health.
It should be clear: there is generally traditional dish that is
prohibited during this season, only to watch the amounts you eat and
stop eating those foods that we ensure the monitoring of balanced and
Step by step
you probably noticed, these key words are moderation and balance tips:
Shopping. Since it is in wine shops and grocery stores or supermarkets,
avoid the temptation to buy liquor, nougat, dates, fruit cake or
Christmas tree for a crowd, nor acquire unexpected amounts of meat or
fish for their celebrations. Be careful and think that the great feasts
occur only twice, on Christmas Eve and New Year, and throughout
2. To bed without dinner? Might have thought that to
not gain weight on December binge, you can “offset” their calorie intake
by going to bed without supper. This perception is wrong, not only
because it deprives the body of nutrients required for regeneration, but
because it is very likely to end up feeling hungry and end up
“tweaking” marzipan, chocolates, fruits in syrup and other sweets that
have given or had saved for the festivities.
The solution is
simple: a light dinner. Salad, fruit, cereal fiber, yogurt or vegetable
broth can be your best allies. And remember not to sleep immediately
after dinner: they must spend at least 2 hours to prevent heartburn and
reflux (return) of food from the stomach.
3. Christmas treats. Do
not panic, because we in this: you can eat desserts and traditional
sweets of any kind, only in moderate amounts and, preferably, on special
occasions (during the holidays or when you visit), not every day of the
month. If you come to candies, chocolates or other light, do not uses
as an excuse to eat more, on the contrary, if you really want to work,
eat the same amounts as normal food?
4. Fruits. Cravings can fill
with the delicious fruit you can find easily in winter. We speak
mandarin, lime, lemon, orange, hawthorn, guava, sapodilla, quince,
grape, pineapple, papaya, blackberry, raspberry which, besides being
delicious and end cravings, generate large protective barrier against
disease, thanks to vitamin intake.
5. Parties and meetings.
Whether as guest or host, think that the main objective of the events at
this time is not eating, but living with people who may only see once a
year. So, have fun talking about the events and milestones achieved,
without forgetting that it is best to try to stay away from the snack
table, eating only once during the celebration, and reduce your appetite
by eating a glass of water before dinner.
6. Entry for big
dinners. Whether the benefit of their digestion and their nutrition,
great option to lessen binge at dinner Christmas and New Year is to use
light dishes (vegetables, vegetables or soup without fat) before the
“main course “.
7. Meat … sparingly. If your choice for the
most important celebrations is to prepare a meat dish, it is best to
choose those recipes that are made with poultry (chicken, turkey) or
fish (cod, hake or other) as have lower rates of fat and are easier to
Now if you want to eat red meat (beef, lamb, pork),
prefer those parts in which the index is lower in fat (lean). In any
case, be sure to accompany your food with vegetables or salad.
The “touch.” To season your food, we recommend you prefer the spices
you normally use, without abusing the quantities used, because otherwise
it can cause irritation and heartburn.
9. Quantities. Once on
the table, one of the key points is not to overdo the amount. That is
why we recommend austerity serve, preferably with some of the diners can
repeat later, according to your appetite.
10. Desserts. Is a
good idea instead of foods high in sugar prepare dessert made of
pineapple, orange, papaya and berries (blackberries, raspberries), which
contain essential nutrients for the body and substances that help you
improve your digestion (enzymes).
11. Green herbal tea. During
the entire winter season can turn to these drinks to hydrate properly,
eliminate cravings and, last but not least, help your digestion and
immune system. Chamomile, mint and anise are very useful, and can be
consumed before going to sleep.
12. Expert opinion. If you have a
health condition that affects the circulatory system, such as high
blood pressure, diabetes (abnormal numbers of blood sugar) and
cholesterol (fat) high, or know you have trouble digesting certain
foods, ideally Always consult your doctor’s opinion to know what to eat,
portion sizes, and what are the restrictions imposed by their
Finally, remember that it is important to keep in mind
that during December holidays are exceptions, and the rest of the year
should continue their ordinary food, varied and balanced. Also, moderate
alcohol consumption, not only for digestion lighter, but to prevent
accidents at the wheel.