December 06, 2011
We all know that this time of year is filled with temptations. But that doesn’t mean we have to eat everything put in front of us using the holidays as an excuse. Here are some suggestions:
1. Be selective. Offices are filled with deliveries of sweets. Holiday parties provide extra noshes. Choose a small taste or pass on foods you wouldn’t usually eat during the year.
2. Don’t skip meals for party food. Just because you know that evening will be the office party, eat a healthy lunch so you aren’t starving by the time the party food comes around.
3. Eat normal portions. Small plates can be deceiving. What you place on 3 plates might equal a whole meal. When you sit down to a family style meal only fill your plate with what you would at a normal meal at home or even in a restaurant. If you want to taste everything serve yourself small portions. Don’t be afraid to insult your hostess. Accept a passed around platter and move it along. If you intend on eating dessert stay away from sweet side dishes. And when you have dessert, one piece of cake is enough. Remember, the second piece of cake tastes the same as the first, but eating it will double the calories.
4. Don’t skip your normal exercise routine. Exercising regularly will help you to avoid the big promises you’re going to make to yourself about taking off the weight after New Year’s.
5. Watch out for the egg nog. That goes for all alcohol consumption. Alcohol, especially when served as egg nog or punch contains large amounts of sugar. Drinking too much can also slow your body down from processing fat.
Just use your judgment and remember, everything in moderation.