Healthy Eating Tips For The Festive Season
October is the month of “Festivals” in India and the calendars are filled with festivals, decadent office gifts and dinner plans with family and friends. It is a joyful time to eat, drink and celebrate.
We all tend to overeat during the festive season and stops our strict diets, the minute we go into festive mode. But it is possible to strike a balance between allowing yourself the odd treat when you’re celebrating with family and friends.
Here are some easy tips to avoid those extra pounds during the festival season:
Smaller portion size
Portion control is an easy way to lose or maintain your weight. The small portion size of sweets, fried snacks, and other fatty foods will help in keeping weight under control.
Use low-fat ingredients
While preparing sweets, try to use low fat (skimmed) milk. Rather than refined sugar, either switch to artificial sweetener or if possible, substitute with natural sugar like honey or dates.
Nowadays ‘diet’ sweets and ice creams are easily available in the market. Go for them and feel less guilty.
Dry fruits over sweets
If there is a choice between dry fruits and sweets, choose dry fruits. Even if dry fruits are equally high in calories at least they are not “empty calories”.
Dried fruits can also promote quick weight loss while staying healthy at the same time.
Drink water before meal
To bring in the feeling of fullness, drink water before Meal. This will definitely bring down your hunger and will make you eat less. Drink a few sips of hot water after having sweets for better digestion.
Say No carbonated drinks
Try to stay away from carbonated drinks as they add unnecessary empty calories, which will be very difficult to burn later on. The diet version of this is fine. Try to drink fresh juice or if you are not getting anything that is fresh then have water or plain soda which is a better alternative.
Exercise can help to keep your body at a healthy weight. Continue with a regular exercise routine, motivate yourself to run an extra mile, if you are lusting on sweets.
Don’t be voracious and keep all the sweets and chocolates that you get only for your indulgence. Be generous. Share them with young ones in the family, relatives, neighbors, and people in the area or those who don’t get food.
Try to keep lunch parties instead of dinners. Have early and light dinners.