From liquid calories to snacks, Dr. Sacha Sorrentino’s advice to enjoy a guilt-free Christmas lunch
No feelings of guilt a Christmas even if you eat a little more, but be careful to ensure that it is only Christmas, at most Christmas and New Year, or Christmas and Eve, and not that it is a continuous lunch from 24th December to 6th January… “I have always considered valid the saying that ‘you don’t get fat from Christmas to New Year but from New Year to Christmas’. I’m not the Christmas lunch and the new Year’s Eve dinner or of the Vigil to do put on weight, but everything you eat between New Year’s Eve and Christmas ”, explains Dr. Sacha Sorrentino, nutrition biologist expert in sports nutrition, to Gazzetta Active.
Guilt-Free Christmas Lunch –
Therefore we abandon the feelings of guilt if we allow ourselves some sin of gluttony during the party lunches and dinners. It can even do us good: “Let’s enjoy Christmas and Christmas Eve. Going astray is good for our mood, as well as ours metabolism”, emphasizes Dr. Sorrentino. “Rather than living everything as a continuous renunciation or prohibition, my advice is to eat a bit of everything for those two days in particular, I speak of December 24 and 25, rather moderating the doses, but without depriving yourself of a food a priori “.
Christmas lunch without exaggerating: pay attention to liquid calories –
Rather than giving up a slice of panettone or pandoro, which is eaten only at Christmas, maybe we can limit ourselves to wine and spirits: “It is very important to pay attention to liquid calories: do not overdo it with alcohol, wine, bitters and digestives, very rich in sugars. Let’s keep hydrated, with natural water at room temperature. And let’s remember to eat calmly, chewing the bite at least 15 times. Eating quickly leads to a decrease in the sense of satiety and an increase in the fermentation of sugars in the stomach and intestines. And this leads to a feeling of heaviness, bloating and air in the belly, slowing down digestion ”.
Fruits and vegetables with meals and snacks –
One of Dr. Sorrentino’s advice is not to miss vegetables and fruit at Christmas and holiday meals: “Preferring seasonal fruit and vegetables to accompany the dishes helps us to be balanced in terms of vitamins and antioxidants and to reduce snacks. useless”. But never skip meals or even snacks: “My advice is to avoid skipping the three main meals and to consume anyway also, one in the morning and one in the afternoon snacks. Big dates often come by skipping previous meals, worried about the caloric intake to come. This increases the voracity and, consequently, the quantity of food ingested “. Precisely for this reason, Dr. Sorrentino advises against preparing for an important meal by eating, for example, only vegetables the night before: “It can only be a solution if we have really exaggerated. But personally I remain an advocate of food balance “.
Protein for breakfast to stimulate satiety –
One of the tricks suggested by the nutritionist to avoid getting too hungry at party lunches is to have a protein breakfast: “Protein at breakfast is essential, as it reduces glycemic peaks and increases the sense of satiety over time”. No, however, to leftovers: “Let’s try not to make any leftovers. Fermented food also risks increasing our fermentation in the intestine, preparing the ground for swelling, meteorism, fatigue and poor digestion “.
Sports even at Christmas (but away from lunch) –
But surely to indulge in some sneakiness a table it is good not to stop: even if the gyms were closed and it was too cold outside to go for a run or for walks, it is good to keep active. But away from meals. “If the blood is in the stomach or intestines to complete digestion, it cannot go to the muscles for physical activity. Let’s walk, let’s move, but let’s always do it well away from meals ”.
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