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  • Writer's pictureDeanne Pandey

Prep yourself for the upcoming holiday season!

Balancing your food and alcohol is surely one of the most difficult things to do, especially by the end of the year, during this festive season! The festive season is incomplete without a scrumptious table-full of treats. Relishing traditional delicacies and devouring desserts of the season with friends and family is what makes festivals so special. While doing so there is always a thought at the back of our mind- how much should we eat without hampering our diet or how much we would have to exercises after eating sweets. Some even go to an extent of avoiding all festive foods, fearing weight gain.

1. Do not skip your meal

On most occasions when people have to go out for dinners or parties, they skip a meal or fast so that they can eat whatever they want later. They do this with the belief that skipping a meal can balance calorie consumption. What they are not aware of is that this strategy can backfire terribly. Skipping a meal makes you feel bloated and you overeat later which means you would consume more calories than usual and also feel uncomfortable.

2. Choosing sweets

We all fear sugar, but what is a festival without sugary treats. The experts recommend not to hold yourself back from relishing desserts, just be smart about what you put on your plate. Both nutritionists recommend having homemade and traditional sweets.

3. Eating fried foods

Oily food items have always been considered unhealthy for health. It is linked with heart problems and weight gain. But not all foods that are deep-fried are unhealthy. It all depends on how much you eat it and how it has been prepared.

4. Post-celebration rituals

To make sure that you do not feel bloated, gassy and uneasy after coming from the dinner party you need to do some simple post-celebration rituals.

5. Drinking water regularly

Drink water between alcoholic drinks. Not only will this help keep you hydrated, but also it will help slow down your drinking and keep you comfortable in a social setting.

6. Choosing the right mixers

Use low-calorie mixers, such as no-calorie soda or tonic water or lemon and lime wedges, to help reduce added calories. You can also make healthier ingredient swaps without sacrificing flavor. For instance, use low-fat milk in your eggnog and cut the amount of cream in half — or skip it entirely.

7. Steering away from the all or nothing approach

Set realistic holiday goals. An all-or-nothing approach rarely works. Be honest with yourself and set a plan before an event where drinking might take place.

Festivals is that time of the year to bond with people. Meet your friends and family and relish the quality time spent with them. Food brings people together and any celebration is incomplete without them. So, do not hold yourself back from enjoying this beautiful time. Just make conscious choices.

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