This is How Giada De Laurentiis Beats the Holiday Bloat

If anyone knows about stress and bloat during the holidays, Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis certainly does, although you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. That’s because she is a champion of self-care and not just during the holidays.

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De Laurentiis is a big believer in taking good care of herself in and out, so important, as she notes, for those of us – like the Everyday Italian star – who have others who depend on them for care.

Learn more about the exercises, and nutrition-packed recipe, that De Laurentiis goes to for beating back daily stresses.

Try De Laurentiis’ yoga routine

As De Laurentiis points out on her Giadzy website, it’s that time of year when most Americans can count on packing on five to ten pounds from excessive eating. With all the eating, potentially stressful encounters with family, and extra alcoholic intake, our bodies can only take so much in such a short span of time.

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The 49-year-old shared her holiday yoga routine on her website, along with guidance on proper breathing. With poses including the Pigeon, Twisting Chair, Breath of Fire, and the Reclining Bound Angle Pose, your body and spirit will feel renewed and re-energized.

De Laurentiis is an avid yogi

After giving birth to her now-11-year-old daughter, De Laurentiis began an early morning yoga practice that involved having her instructor arrive at her house before sunrise. It wasn’t easy getting up that early, but it helped her face each day and the challenges each one brought.

She told Shape in 2009, “I thought, ‘Oh, this will be a good way to stretch’ but it turned out to be so much more,” she shared. “It taught me to breathe, it strengthened my muscles and it helped me relax.”

“If I don’t do it first thing, I simply won’t do it. With my crazy schedule, that often means cutting into my sleep.”

De Laurentiis’ Holiday Smoothie

Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean you have to eat nonstop until New Year’s Day. In fact, the mom of one highly recommends having a daily smoothie to make sure we’re getting nutrients first thing in the morning. Having a green-packed smoothie might even curb your appetite throughout the day.

Start with 1/2 an avocado, 1/2 a banana, one peeled orange, one cup of baby spinach, a small piece of peeled ginger, and 3/4 cup of coconut water. Puree it all well in a blender until it’s smooth with ice and a pinch of salt and enjoy it right away.

Lemon juice can be added to brighten up the flavor but it does cause the smoothie to taste more acidic, so if you are having stomach uneasiness, just leave it out.

“I think it’s a great idea to load up your breakfast,” De Laurentiis says on her website, “one meal you can control – with lots of nutrition. That way, you know you’re at least getting one meal that’s fueling your body for the better.”

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