ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! AFTER SO MUCH ABUSE, OUR BODY DEMANDS A BREAK. ADVICE FROM A NUTRITIONIST TO RECOVER AND START THE NEW YEAR IN TOP SHAPE.
After Christmas and New Year’s Day, two occasions to make bombance, remember to eat balanced and healthy, and especially not to feel guilty for having feasted! You don’t take pounds in two big meals spaced apart.”
With Christmas dinner and New Year’s Eve, at the end of each year, overeating is linked. During this marathon of flavors, our body – especially the liver – is put to the test. A general fatigue is affected, bloating, headaches sometimes … So many alerts of the body that are the signs of an overflow of sugars and fats. “It is then time to put the body to rest, so that it can recover naturally,” explains Céline Logerot. But resting does not mean fasting, quite the contrary. After an excess, it is important to continue to make three meals a day, but with lighter foods! »
1ST RULE WELL HYDRATE
The day after the party, it is necessary to drink water (1.5 liters per day), but also herbal teas, broths, soups. “This will allow the body to eliminate better,” says the nutritionist who recommends, for example, a herbal tea made from ginger, chamomile and / or vegetable broths (cabbage, broccoli, fennel are the most draining) to make disappear this inevitable feeling of bloating after a too heavy meal. And since citrus fruits are our allies, remember to drink a large glass of lemon, grapefruit or orange juice when you wake up, which will give a boost to the body, thanks to the vitamin C that these fruits contain.
2ND RULE FREEZE LEFTOVERS
“On Boxing Day, we don’t rush to the leftovers from the previous day. Everything freezes: log, smoked salmon, turkey, chestnuts, etc. “, advises our expert, who recalls that you can also use the leftovers from the day before to prepare a quiche or pasta.
Avoid overloading the body by eating for three days the same foods that are too rich and too fat. “You have to know how to resist a little!”
3RD RULE FIND VEGETABLES
“They are often forgotten on the Christmas table, but they are full of water and antioxidants. Think seasonal squash, delicious endives, succulent leeks and tasty carrots! Nor should we write off starchy foods whose fiber intake always has a positive effect on satiety. Make a place of honor to brown rice, wholemeal pasta, buckwheat, couscous, millet.
As we know today, the fact of absorbing a spoon of pure olive oil, supposed to slow down drunkenness because it would line the stomach, has never been demonstrated. On the other hand, the presence of food in the stomach slows down gastric evacuation and the alcohol taken after eating then takes twice as long to reach the blood vessels. Not drinking a glass of champagne on an empty stomach is therefore a good idea.
4TH RULE AVOID FAT
For this, in the days following the holidays, prefer white meat (rabbit, veal, chicken) or lean fish (such as cod, for example). The cooking method is also important to respect: do not grill or fried, and prefer steaming, with aromatic herbs or spices that will give joy to your plate! “To spare your liver, keep your hand light on the fat and prefer cooking without butter or cream. A drizzle of olive oil will do the trick. »
5TH MEAL RULE DO NOT SKIP
The body naturally needs to supply itself with nutrients three times a day and it is important not to miss a meal, under the pretext that we ate too much the day before. “If we deprive it, the body will start to store quickly,” says our expert, who advises to continue three regular meals a day. Why not just drink a broth with a little vermicelli, if you’re not really hungry? Because the body detoxifies by itself, it knows how to do it. You just have to give it three days, while eating healthy and balanced.
6TH RULE NO SPORT INTENSIF
The day after a festive meal, it is useless, even dangerous, to practice physical activity intensely, because the cardiovascular system has already been very solicited by the excesses and bulging of the previous days. “It’s better to go out for a walk, walk for an hour in a park, in the forest or in the countryside, and then gradually resume a more sustained sporting activity. “
The advantages of black radish
Originally from China, it is full of benefits. It has the property of soothing bloating, stimulating appetite and promoting digestion. It also helps in the drainage of the liver and increases the secretion of bile, resulting in better elimination of toxins.