Expert says you can maintain your resolve at the buffet table
It's all too easy to overindulge in food and drink at holiday parties, but there are things you can do to make sure you don't stray too far off the path of good health, an expert says.
"In a party atmosphere, we often throw the rule book out the window and treat ourselves more than usual," Dr. Sigi Joseph, a surgeon specializing in weight loss surgery at Centerpoint Medical Center. "Even the most disciplined can let their guard down, filling up on food and drink and doing things that we later wish we hadn't."
He offered some tips for holiday party-goers.
- Eating a healthy snack before you leave home will help limit how much high-calorie holiday food you eat at a party.
- Drinking water or other nonalcoholic beverages beforehand can also reduce your desire to eat and drink a lot at a party.
- Check out the food options at a party before you dig in, and choose wisely. Use a smaller plate in order to keep you portion sizes down. Standing away from the food table will reduce your snacking.
- Having a glass of water between each alcoholic drink will help limit the alcohol's effect. Sip cocktails slowly. Keep track of how many drinks you have, or ask a friend to help you monitor your alcohol intake.
- Drinking water the morning after a party can help a headache and also counteracts the high salt levels in party foods. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish or walnuts, have anti-inflammatory properties, and potassium-rich fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, kiwis and mangos, help replenish electrolytes.
- If you decide to have a drink with electrolytes, choose a sugar-free one in order to avoid excess calories.
"Holiday festivities are all about having fun, but we also should make good decisions about our health," Joseph said. "Everyone should include taking good care of their health as a 2016 New Year's resolution. Following these tips should help get you on the right track or begin a foundation to an all new you in 2016.”
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