Coping with the Holiday Food Fest

Christmas is a mere three days away! How are you celebrating Christmas? I’ll be having a Christmas dinner pre-ordered from the supermarket with my family. Even before that, I've already met up with a friend for a huge Japanese dinner in celebration of Christmas and I'll be meeting up with another group tomorrow! 

Wow that’s a lot of eating to be done! And as if the greasy turkey and creamy log cakes aren’t fattening already! And I expect there will be more partying and eating to be done over the New Year! But Christmas and New Year only happen annually, you say, why spoil the festive mood by worrying about eating too much? Still, this doesn’t give you the excuse to pig out. Overeating is a huge burden to your digestive system and heart. You don’t want to end up feeling queasy for the entire holiday season. Besides you may end up in a terrible mess in the form of puke if you top it all off with alcohol. 

Here are tips for both hosts and guests on how you can eat heartily yet healthily. These are tips that are also relevant to your daily eating habits and meals!

1. Include salads and fruits in your Christmas dinner. Leave out the salad creams and sauces. Use lemon-honey sauce instead.

2. Eat slowly and thoughtfully. Do not gobble down your food just so you can catch that after-dinner Christmas special. It’s all right to multi task while eating, but make sure you’re thinking about what you eat. Eating aimlessly gives rise to a greater chance of over eating since you don’t realize that you’re full.

3. Dish out cute little plates instead of using extravagantly huge ones. This prevents guests from taking too much in one helping and forcing themselves to finish everything to be polite. After all, it’s not much trouble to get second helpings.

4. Eat the way you would at a restaurant with a three-course meal. Start with low-carb food like salads. Follow up with the main course aka the turkey, hams and what-not. Finish up with dessert aka the log cake. Some people think that eating salads and fruits after a full meal aids with digestion. While the sourness of citric fruits and salad sauces whets your appetite, it does not aid in digestion. After all, food doesn’t get digested within a meal’s duration. If you’re full, just stop eating.

5. Serve / Drink fruit teas and citric fruit juices instead of soft drinks and alcohol. A little red wine for a candlelight dinner is all right, but leave the beer for after dinner. Vegetable juices are veggies too! Try mixing different vegetable and fruit juices together to create your own unique vegetable cocktail. Your guests may clamour after your recipe!

6. Avoid creamy soups like Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken. I personally feel that minestrone and pumpkin soups will complement a Christmas dinner well.

7. Only eat until you’re three-quarters full. That leaves your stomach emptier for alcohol and other snacks. But don’t binge on the alcohol or snacks either! Keep them to the minimal.

8. If you're attending a buffet-style dinner, don’t stand next to the buffet table. You tend to either end up eating more because it’s convenient or simply to give yourself something to do.

9. Don’t starve yourself over breakfast and lunch just so you can eat more at the Christmas dinner. You will certainly overeat at dinner, which will be cruel on your digestive system at night. Besides, skipping breakfast is unhealthy.

10. Exercise the next morning.

Remember, keep yourself healthy so that there's room for more!
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