The holiday season is here, living in big city like Toronto means hosting and attending lots of parties. We are talking Friends, Family, and colleagues, all looking forward to catching up and socialize with those not seen for a long time. This wonderful time of the year can also be a very hazardous time of the year for your health and fitness.
If you are anything like me, for most part the holiday season is more about food than anything else. I said it before and I say it again, there is no good gathering in my house without plenty of food to share, especially on the holiday season. So what is the problem with that you say? well for one thing as always there is just too plenty of food and Drinks to share. The problem then becomes the temptation to eat and drink the most. .
We are talking a holiday season filled with some of my favorite foods. From decorated cookies to mashed potatoes, its one food event after another …at the risk of gaining the wrong weight, I’ve had to teach myself to use the holiday season as a time, to exercise control over my eating habits.
Controlling my eating habits particularly during the holiday season is no simple task. However the idea is that by doing so, this will simplify things for me in the nutrition department hopefully throughout the year. I want to focus on the things that really matter to me and at the end of the day, looking good and Feeling good matters to me.
The holiday season is meant to be enjoyed by all, and as such, we should all enjoy the food and gathering. However during the holidays, I also want to minimize my food intake, watch my weight and waist line, and while at the same time maximize my social holiday plans. I’ve come to appreciate the value of a strategic eating plan for the Holiday season.
Am going to state five tips that have helped me through the temptations of the holiday season. Also note the beautiful holiday hummus recipe that is a hit at some of the holiday parties. Leave me a comment, send me an Email with your questions. I will be sure to answer you as soon as I can. Have a happy holiday and a happy new year.
5 HEALTHY GUILT FREE HOLIDAY TIPS TORONTO
TIP #1: Eat something satisfying prior to the social event.
I prevent over eating at the party. Eating too much at the party happens and usually arriving to the party hungry will not help the situation. Prevent weight gain by eating good healthy food at home first so that you can be Conservative and pick your food the party.
TIP #2: Do not feast on the dessert, it is to be tasted only.
Eating sweets and savoring them is a tempting urge almost irresistible. You must resist at all costs. make the affair with sweets a one time one night experience. You are better off sampling a little bit of each but do not commit. Don’t give in and devour every bit of it. Look at desserts as something to savor, not something to fill up on.
TIP #3: Say no to calories in a cup.
Pop, Juices, Alcohol. these are all drinks that will lead to high glucose levels. All these beverages are plenty by the dozen all year round, but during the holiday season , we consume tremendous amounts. Not very wise to over indulge on these drinks.
Besides acting like a fool, Instead of worrying about my waist later, I do rather watch my drinks now. It is very easy to pack on the weight if the calories are coming from a cup of juice of alcohol laced with sugar. Drinking 2-3 cups water at the party may seem out of fashion, but a the flat stomach and good physique always is in style. Liquid calories keep you hungry and wanting more.
TIP #4: No second serving of food.
At this point am already full anyway. With the sensible meal I eat at home already in my stomach, this rule is never less easy to keep. It is not easy limiting me to one plate at these holiday parties. However, now I can fill my plate with what I want, but only once. No going back for seconds.
TIP #5: Bring some healthy food to the holiday function.
Healthy snacks are a good way to become the hero at the holiday function. As you may be aware, healthy eating is the last thing on most peoples minds during this time of the year. It is also good when everybody can bring small item for the social engagement. Being the health conscious fellow, I know that most people expect that of me and rightfully so. I take great pleasure in making sure that everybody is involved and is a part of the holiday celebration.
Here it is: Bring this Hummus recipe to your next function.
BASIL AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO HUMMUS
Served either with pita bread or some well cut vegetables, simple dip the vegetables of pita bread into the delicious red and green texture of the Hummus. Portion: 12 Servings
You will need the following:
garbanzo beans 1 (15 oz) can
One Tablespoon tahini
oil 1 olive Tablespoon
juice1 Tablespoon lemon
One water Tablespoon
garlic cloves 2 , mashed
1/4 salt teaspoon
soy sauce2 teaspoons
4 sun-dried tomatoes
cup basil leaves 1/4
Get a food processor put everything inside, blend until smooth like peanut butter.
Nutritional Information: One serving equals: 6g carbohydrate 2g protein, 2g fat, , 2g fiber, and 55 calories.
OKs folks you can now confidently enjoy your holiday season without gaining a pound.
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