Feasting during the festivities

The holiday season in India starts with Dussehra and the festivities extend till the New Year. The festivities mean parties, socializing and no party or social event is complete without feasting. We are busier than usual and aren’t able to keep up with the work-out routine. Year after year, most of us pack on a kg and a half during these festivities and this extra weight stays with us.

But socializing does not mean that you cannot be in control of your health. With a little know-how, you can satisfy your desire for traditional favourites and still enjoy a guilt-free feast.

Plan Ahead

If you know you are going to be attending a holiday party at night and will be indulging in not-so-healthy foods, eat healthy and low-calorie foods during the day to balance out your caloric intake, while still getting your daily nutrients.

Also, be sure to exercise that day to balance out the calories consumed.

Make Substitutions

Many ingredients in traditional holiday recipes can be substituted for ones that are not as unhealthy. For more on substitutions

Avoid Overeating

You will be much happier and feel better the next day if you resist the temptation of overeating.

  • Choose moderate portions of foods you like best and fill up half your plates with fruits or vegetables.
  • Eat slowly so your body can digest and signal that is full and only go back for seconds if you are still hungry.
  • Sweets are fine in moderation. If you are going to indulge, enjoy, and limit yourself to a small quantity.

Exercise

Be sure to keep up your normal exercise routine if you have the time to do so. For those whose exercise schedule is altered by the holidays, there are other ways to get your exercise in during the busy season. Visit the link for more on how to incorporate exercise in your daily routine.

Be Selective

Before you begin eating at a holiday party, check out all of the options and choose the foods that you really want to eat.

  • If everything looks tempting and delicious, have a small sample of different foods to satisfy your craving.
  • Use self control and limit yourself to the sweets and treats that you really love.

Enjoy the holidays and follow these tips to stay healthy and prepare for the New Year.

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