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Winter has arrived, and with it Christmas: here are the tips of the experts to face this delicate period

The temperatures have now dropped abruptly and winter is upon us: we know well how important it is to take care of nutrition in this period, to protect our health. So what are those foods that we should bring to the table and which ones to avoid? Let’s find out what the experts think.

The Christmas diet

The Christmas holidays are approaching, and indulging in some mischief at the table is more than normal. But how can we keep fit even in the face of the many temptations of this magical time of year? It is enough to adopt some simple strategies to avoid putting on a few extra pounds, without giving up the pleasure of being with our loved ones even in front of a lavish Christmas lunch or a sumptuous New Year’s Eve dinner.

One of the most useful “secrets” to keep your weight under control is to open each meal with a little salad. Once its fibers arrive in the stomach, they form a gel that increases the sense of satiety and helps to limit the absorption of sugars into the blood, reducing the glycemic index. If, on the other hand, you have already exaggerated at the table, the experts advise you to run for cover the following day, with a quick, totally protein diet. Here we talked about many other useful tricks to pass the Christmas holidays “unscathed”.

The benefits of Brussels sprouts

Cruciferous vegetables are a real panacea to face the winter season. Brussels sprouts, in particular, are great for getting rid of toxins (and this Christmas season is really needed!). Rich in fibers that stimulate intestinal transit and strengthen the microbiota, they have an important diuretic effect and contain large amounts of potassium, which is also useful for protecting heart health.

Brussels sprouts are also an excellent source of vitamins A and C, both essential for the body: the first improves vision, while the second is a powerful antioxidant and stimulates the immune system. The glucosinated compounds present in good quantities in this food are also at the center of numerous studies that have demonstrated their protective action against some tumors of the gastrointestinal tract.

The mountain diet

Do you love to treat yourself to a winter holiday in the mountains, to ski or to indulge in other outdoor sports characteristic of this period? In addition to having a good athletic preparation, it is important to pay attention to nutrition. We talked about it with Dr. Luca Piretta, gastroenterologist and nutritionist, who gave us some advice on the best diet to adopt to face the snow-covered slopes in perfect shape. Obviously, the first key tip is to balance nutrient intake well.

If complex carbohydrates, such as pasta and bread, are important to have a good supply of energy, don’t forget to fill up on protein. For this you can eat the delicious cheeses that belong to the mountain culinary tradition, so as to take advantage of it to taste some typical local specialties. If, on the other hand, your holiday is not dedicated to sport, the best diet is the Mediterranean one: green light for cereals, legumes, fruit and vegetables, but also cheeses, fish and meat in moderate doses.

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