5 tips to cleanse after the Holiday indulgence
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve are over… but you feel guilty about overeating during these holidays. No worries. Here are 5 easy tips to get back on track.
Water, water, and more water!
Hydrate yourself! Drink water is essential if you want to feel better and avoid gaining weight. Did you know that sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger? You think you are hungry, but you maybe be dehydrated and thirsty. Next time, drink water first. It will help you to feel full. If you cannot stand plain water, add lemon, lime, a slice of cucumber, or mint. You could sip some water before your meals. This will add volume to your meal! Choose water-rich food like fruits, vegetables, and soup. If you like consommés, you could enjoy a simple "zuppa di pomodoro", a tomato soup. You will need only passata, onion, and olive oil. In a pot, heat extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat; add a diced onion and sauté for 4 minutes, stirring; add tomato passata and cook for 15 minutes; add salt and pepper and enjoy!
Do not be too hard on yourself!
You need to set credible goals. The famous Mayo Clinic says: "not all weight-loss goals are helpful. Unrealistic and overly aggressive weight-loss goals can undermine your efforts."
Second, we should stop punishing ourselves with harsh diets: it is harmful to our well-being!
Did you know that according to some researches, the average craving lasts only about ten minutes? Yes, only 10 minutes. So, all you have to do is challenge yourself to wait 600 seconds! It is not as long as it sounds. After all, it is only the time of a couple of songs.
Curb your appetite, eat more often
Studies suggest that people who have kept their weight off, eat around five times a day. We should eat more frequently to curb our appetite and speed the metabolism. Of course, choose light meals opting for vegetables.
Go dry for a while
Unfortunately, alcohol is a serious source of calories. So, if you are trying to lose some pounds, stay away from alcohol! You must also be careful with sodas. Those sugary soft drinks provide empty calories, responsible for a noteworthy amount of weight.
Proteins are your allies! Researchers suggest that people who eat high-protein meals are usually less hungry between meals. Of course, do not overdo! Exaggeration is always a bad idea.
Treat yourself every once in a while
Super strict and aggressive dieting is not sustainable. So, you should treat yourself! Why? Because enjoying some treats helps you to stay focused. So…what about some chocolate? Dark chocolate is a mine of benefits. According to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, "cocoa is rich in plant chemicals called flavanols that may help to protect the heart," also "flavanols in chocolate can increase insulin sensitivity in short term studies; in the long run this could reduce risk of diabetes." We get you covered with a fine selection of high-end Venchi chocolate. Simply delicious!
- Donatella Mulvoni