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Let's find out the best foods to bring to the table after Easter, to get back in shape immediately

Although our Easter was a little different this year, many of us still took advantage of the opportunity to break the rules at the table. Now the holidays are behind us, and it's time to start the diet again to prepare for the costume test: here are the tips from the experts to get back in shape quickly and without too much effort.

To purify the body after the inevitable Easter meal, we can follow the advice of Dr. Corrado Pierantoni, specialist in endocrinology and metabolic diseases and clinical nutritionist in Lanciano (CH), who proposes a one-day mini-diet based solely on protein. For 24 hours we must significantly reduce carbohydrate intake, so that our body is pushed to burn fat for energy. Stop also with vegetables, to avoid the decidedly unwanted swelling effect.

So what foods can we bring to the table? Green light to proteins, then to milk, meat, fish and eggs – however, it is better to choose leaner foods, such as white meats and low-fat cheeses. The vegetable alternative is instead provided by legumes: the important thing is that, after cooking, they are passed with a vegetable mill to break the fibers and thus prevent abdominal swelling.

Among the foods particularly rich in proteins, bresaola stands out: its unmistakable and delicate taste makes it a very versatile food. It is perfect to be consumed for a quick snack, but also for a full meal, paired with fresh cheeses and fruit. Unlike most cold cuts, bresaola has a reduced calorie content – a feature that makes it excellent for those on a diet – and is low in sodium.

It also has really interesting nutritional values, since it contains important mineral salts such as potassium and iron, B vitamins and monounsaturated fatty acids. Precisely for this reason bresaola is a real ally for our health: it reduces the risk of developing heart disease, improves blood pressure and decreases arterial stiffness, protects the brain and helps increase our immune defenses.

Finally, as regards seasonal vegetables, at this time of the year, agretti, also known as "friar's beard", should not be missing on our tables. Particularly rich in fiber, they are a panacea for the intestine: they reduce abdominal swelling and help provide nourishment for a healthy bacterial flora. They are also an excellent source of mineral salts and in particular of magnesium, which intervenes in the metabolic processes necessary for the proper development of the nervous system.

The agretti also contain an important amount of vitamins and antioxidants, which counteract the formation of free radicals and the numerous diseases related to them. This vegetable also has an excellent diuretic action: being rich in water, it helps fight water retention and is really useful for those who want to get rid of that annoying blemish that is cellulite.

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