and Christmas are dangerous times for the health and fitness conscious
people. Beware, all the hardwork you have put in through the year
can be wiped out in a few weeks of party eating and drinking. So
take it as a challenge to be careful, to make an effort to save
and protect what you have achieved over the past few months and
walk into the New Year with your head held high and your body in
article is an appeal to those who host parties to help and support
the cause of good health and wellbeing for those you invite. Take
a little trouble to have food that a dieter can stick to while the
others have a blast. Starting from the drinks, please try to have
fresh lime and soda available for those who are not drinking instead
of only pepsi or sprite. Try to have some good red or white wine
as this is the least harmful of the liquors (Note even this 1-2
glasses, 100-200ml is the limit).
Hosts are meant
to offer more and more but make a resolution not to force your guests
to drink or eat more than they want to. Break the tradition that
a good host is one who plys the guest to have more and more. Instead
respect his or her effort to control themselves. Allow people to
drink water or soda if they are staying long instead of more and
more alcohol.1 large drink or 1 glass beer is approximately 7 teaspoons
sugar or 150 calories and all these calories are converted to fat
and stored as the body does not expend many calories at night.
Along with the
starters please make sure you serve salad sticks of cucumber, carrot,
raddish, lettuce etc. Donít put mayonnaise etc., dressing on them.
Serve the dressings separate always and try to create some dressing
from skimmed milk curd or hang this curd and make a dip. Serve low
calorie crackers and bread sticks as starters.
In the main
course even if you plan to make a biriyani, fried rice, noodles
or pasta please serve some whole wheat bread, bread rolls or dry
atta rotiís ( phulkas or tandoori roti). One of the biggest findings
we have is that avoiding non-veg at dinner helps tremendously in
reducing weight and keeping it off. The sad part is that in many
party situations there may be only a nonveg biriyani or only nonveg
side dishes and a salad or raita.
try to provide a light dal or a lightly seasoned channa, rajma or
sprout dish so that those avoiding nonveg will get their protein
part of the meal. Also most often vegetable dishes are made very
oily and rich. Please try to serve vegetables lightly sauted or
dry without thick oily or coconut gravies. Also veg soups are more
healthy than nonveg soups. Curds or raita and salads are a must.
Try to keep deserts fruity. Have a platter of cut fruit, have a
fruit salad and custard or serve some colorful jelly which is very
low calorie. The jelly may be set with chopper fruit in it.
Last but not
the least try to wind up at a reasonable hour so that people can
catch a few decent hours of sleep and not miss their morning walk.
The worst damage is done when you miss your walk for 5-10 days continuously.
The metabolic rate of your body which you have built up over the
past months drops and the weight rises rapidly. If you miss your
morning walk, walk in the evening. Remember you must walk. Also
even if you may have over eaten a little at night never skip your
breakfast. Skipping breakfast also lowers the metabolism and results
in rapid weight gain. There is no compensation so think before you
eat and be party smart this season.