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