End of year celebrations: 5 tips to get over the Christmas meal

Between foie gras and the log, our body is often put to the test during the holidays. Here are 5 detox tips to follow to get over Christmas.

Petits fours, smoked salmon, foie gras, capon, cheese, log, chocolates ... In these end-of-year celebrations, it's hard to eat light! This is not necessarily to the taste of our body. For a week, between Christmas and New Year, the latter is subjected to an intense rhythm of rich and alcoholic meals that force him to work more. As a result, it is not uncommon for us to feel heavy, bloated, and to have uncomfortable symptoms such as difficult digestion, headaches or disgraceful pimples.

"During the Eve, what will be the heaviest, it is the excess of fatty and sweet food and the alcohol which will mobilize our organism a lot, introduces the nutritionist On the other hand, we eat too much over a period too short, "explains 20 minutes the nutritionist Corinne Chicheportiche-Ayache. This is the sign that you have to pause. Here are 5 tips to follow to restore your body after a meal too rich.

Avoid leftovers

This seems obvious, and yet ... How many of us are tempted by the remains of salmon or turkey with chestnuts for the meals following the eve? To avoid any intestinal problems, it is better to ignore the last piece of foie gras. "The day after Christmas, we do not rush on the remains and we do not commit the same excesses as the day before," advises for Point Florence Foucaut, dietician, nutritionist and member of the French Association of Dietitians nutritionists (AFDN). For her part, Corinne Chicheportiche-Ayache recommends "to the people who receive to give all that remains because if we prolong the excesses of one evening by toast with foie gras the next day, we risk to continue to store".

Eat lightly

No question either the day after Christmas to opt for a entrecôte-fries. In order to lighten up and do good for your liver, you opt for foods rich in fiber and vitamins such as vegetables and fruits, which help to drain the body. The ideal? Steam them to conserve their nutrients. Cabbage, broccoli, leek, fennel, celery or black radish: we favor these seasonal vegetables, known for their detoxifying virtues. It is also possible to eat them roasted, sautéed in a pan or soup, provided you do not add too much fat! The fruit, rich in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants are also the friends of tomorrow's party, as are whole grains, legumes and "yogurts enriched with lactic ferments that will help the good digestive comfort," says Corinne Chicheportiche -Ayache.

Stay hydrated

When you have eaten too much but also drank more alcohol than usual, it is advisable to rehydrate by drinking 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day. Green tea, detox herbal teas, a decoction with ginger are recommended, as well as soft sparkling waters. On the other hand, coffee is avoided: because of its diuretic properties, it may dehydrate and cause headaches. It is also better not to consume sodas or fruit juice, too sweet, for a few days.

Zap the alcohol

To eliminate toxins accumulated during the Christmas meal, it is essential to take care of the liver, which is the organ that filters toxins. The ideal is to offer him, at least between Christmas and New Year, a break. For this, we avoid drinking alcohol, the time it eliminates the excesses of the last two days.

To exercise

No need to run for hours on a treadmill at the gym ... unless you really care. For the less adventurous, a digestive walk after the meal is appropriate. It allows you to have a healthy break between two meals and to avoid dozing off. The days following the eve, we try as much as possible to "move", walking, doing pilates exercises, even taking a little jogging. "Getting moving will also help your body recover quickly and get ready to face New Year's Eve," says Florence Foucaut.

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