Sunday, December 28, 2008

Maintaining a Healthy Holiday Season


For food lovers like myself, the holiday season is synonymous with overindulging, especially of food rich in carbohydrates, fats and sweets.   Even for my husband who is serious with his Atkins diet, he sometimes can't help but partake of the carb-laden goodies and sweets, although in small portions only.  Aside from being disciplined with his food intake, he is religious with his exercise (he's into cycling), too, so he has not gained a pound even during this holiday season.

With all the "food festivals" that we have been having starting from Thanksgiving and especially during the Christmas season, maintaining a healthy eating habit is a challenge.  The parties, dinners,  Christmas treats, and Christmas toasts, can result in unwanted weight gain, and worse, heart ailments.

What to do?  Exercise caution with our food intake.  Here are some things to avoid:  heavy meals, food with too much salt, excessive sugar intake, alcohol, and food high in saturated and trans fats.

Considering that this is the holiday season and a time for parties and holiday meals, we can prevent health problems by going easy on serving sizes, same with sweets and carbs, and most of all, Knock Out the Fat.  The key is healthy cooking.

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