Christmas dinner is practically just around the corner, and most of us are probably already thinking about what yummy things mom and grandma intend to serve.
While it may be good to indulge once in a while, it is still very important to remember that the last thing we want to do, if we want to continue living healthy over the holidays, is to throw caution to the wind and totally forget about watching what we eat.
Be conscious of food portions. We have probably heard it time and again, the key to almost everything is moderation. In terms of food, it is advisable to us to be conscious of food portions, as it is excessive portions that may contribute to gaining weight and increased cholesterol levels.
A helpful thing to keep in mind is to use our hand when figuring out portions. One serving of meat or fish, for example, should be about what fits in the palm of your hand. One serving of fruit, on the other hand, is about the size of one’s fist, while one serving of cooked vegetables, rice, or pasta should fit in one’s cupped hand.
Choose wisely. Since this is a time when we either eat out or eat at someone else’s place, where you have no control over how food is prepared, it is important to choose wisely. When at the buffet table, steer clear of fried food and go for those which are broiled, baked, steamed or grilled.
Exercise! After a night – or several nights – of partying, make sure that you lace up your sneakers and head out to the gym, or simply resolve to run around the neighborhood, or do physical things around the house that you have put off for quite some time.