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Archive for December 9th, 2010

Do you anticipate holiday parties and then shudder to think of the calories you may consume? Fret no more. You can enjoy luscious tidbits without piling on extra weight.  Before the next party, consider the following pitfalls and avoid plunging into the calorie trap.

  • Avoid starving yourself all day. Your body fares better if you eat regular small meals during the day. Eat a light snack, like an apple with a teaspoon of peanut butter, before going to the party. You will be less hungry and less tempted to eat too much.
  • Avoid standing near the food table. Park yourself away from food. Talk more, eat less. Resist gulping down extra calories in beverages. Think black coffee, unsweetened teas and colas, or tonic water.
  • Avoid selecting pastries or high-fat dips and sauces. Red sauces usually contain fewer calories than white. White cheeses generally have fewer calories than yellow. Enjoy fresh plain vegetables and fruits. Dry-roasted nuts are nutritious yet lower in calories than many other party foods.

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) reminds revelers that “Alcohol is a cause of several cancers.” They recommend sticking to one standard serving of alcoholic beverage or a single 6-ounce serving (3/4 cup) of sweeten non-alcoholic drink. Add pieces of fruit to plain sparking water for a refreshing touch.

Select foods carefully during the holidays and take time to savor those you choose. As AICR suggests, “be creative in finding new ideas for flavor and refreshment.” You can enjoy delectable foods without the worry of that proverbial New Year’s resolution to lose weight gained during the festive season.

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