Holiday Eating

Holiday seasons tend to give us the binge bug. A few more hors d'oeuvres, another handful of nuts, another glass of punch. It's easy to lose both the balance and the diet in a balanced diet when the opportunities are endlessly staged in front of us, such as: holiday celebrations, family gatherings and friendly festivities.

With a little planning, however, you can minimize mid-January seam stress, have more energy and feel better than ever. Take a look at these easy-to-follow tips. It won't hurt a bit.

  • Maintain variety in your food consumption each day
  • Watch portion sizes
  • Watch the fat in your holiday diet; stoke up on fruits and vegetables to satisfy hunger
  • Drink a couple glasses of refreshing water before party-going or party-giving
  • Have a piece of fruit or raw vegetables before party-going or party-giving
  • Be aware of the calories consumed when the cook tastes while cooking
  • Avoid, where possible, the excesses of extras . . . gravy, cream, mounds of butter, sour cream, mayonnaise and hidden cheese
  • Choose white poultry without the skin
  • Balance your social circuit with a few walking circuits around the block
  • Avoid eating standing up
  • If you decide to splurge, make it worthwhile by selecting something you really enjoy . . . then just have a small portion
  • If you use alcoholic beverages, moderate your alcohol intake, and don't consume alcohol at all if you are driving