Eating + Drinking in Moderation Make for a Merry Holiday

Eating + Drinking in Moderation Make for a Merry Holiday

Overeating and drinking at holiday parties can leave you feeling less than Merry come January. The key? Finding balance in your holiday routines can leave you with the best of both worlds.

For instance, overeating at a few holiday meals during December isn’t going throw your entire metabolism into a retroactive haze, yet keeping the consumption throttle on "high" throughout the entire month will. So enjoy the extra pie and turkey with gravy on special occasions, while sticking to a healthy, lower calorie eating plan during the off-time to balance the effects. Again, don't starve yourself! Not eating all day and then binging during Christmas dinner will not only prompt you to overeat, but studies have shown that it may also cause your body to instinctively hoard and store those extra calories for fear that it may not see another meal for a while. It's the classic holiday lose-lose pitfall; don't fall in to it!

When you find yourself filling up your holiday plate, try to make wise choices. Simply put, the more nutritious foods will leave less room for the unhealthy options. Also, one of the most overlooked tasks is to try and enjoy and savor your holiday meal. Rushing through your dinner plate will prompt you to fill up on seconds before your body has even had a chance to digest and register what you've already consumed (this takes about 20 minutes). So take your time and enjoy. if you still want more after a half hour or so, then go for it!

Another trick to curbing holiday calories is to consider your party cocktail choices more carefully. A five ounce serving of wine contains about 118 calories, regular beer around 140 to 240 calories, depending on the variety. Liquors like vodka and gin contain 98 calories per 1.5 ounce serving, and there are 343 calories in just 1 cup of egg nog. The daily-recommended caloric intake for individuals not looking to lose weight is around 1,940 for women and 2,550 for men. A six-pack of malted lager can run up over 1,400 calories and 4 servings of eggnog and rum equals about 1,600 calories. Those beverage choices don’t leave much room for food in your daily caloric allowance, and something tells me you’ll likely want to eat even more of after all those drinks! However, a couple glasses of vino or a vodka and soda water with a splash of cranberry can make a much smaller dent in your daily allowance.

Enjoy the good times, the laughter and the heartfelt togetherness of the holidays knowing that you'll enjoy the coming year without the regret that often accompanies the holiday cheer. Remember: A healthy, balanced mind and body is the best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones.

"A couple glasses of vino or a vodka and soda water with a splash of cranberry can make a much smaller dent in your daily caloric allowance than beer or egg nog."