The holidays are that time of the year when one indulges in the good things of life. Yes, that means maintaining your diet gets that much harder. How can one stay off the yummy food, is the point we’re trying to make. Staying healthy and maintaining your diet through the holidays need not be difficult.
The main thing to be kept in mind is to choose wisely. It is possible to eat well, and still eat healthily. It is also possible to get through the holidays and maintain your diet at the same time.
Here’s how? Picking up healthier sweets and drinking natural drinks sometimes, instead of aerated or alcohol that could go a long way in maintaining your diet in the holidays. Says Mrs Jyoti Arora, Head Dietician, Artemis Hospital, “For a healthy choice of mithais, pick something like soan papdi. It is comparatively healthy. Or when you eat a rasgolla, squeeze out the sugar syrup before you eat it.” Another suggestion she makes is dark chocolate. “It enhances the mood and is great for parties,” she suggests. So, instead of reaching out for the chocolates, pick out the dark chocolate. You’ll find your mood improved too in case you were feeling low with all the staying off the good stuff!
Another great way to keep track of your diet is to watch the calorie counter. Every time you pop something into your mouth add the calories up in your head. You will find that you are consciously eating smaller helpings to keep that total calorie count for the day intact. In fact, it’s a great idea to set your calorie limit (according to the amount of exercise you get and advice from your dietician) and divide it by the number of eating opportunities and eat accordingly all day. If you’re afraid of going over at any meal, drink a glass full of warm water. That should keep you full and you will not crave for more.
And of course, don’t give up your gym routine!