The festive period is almost upon us and you may be wondering how on earth to survive all that food. Well, that is exactly the key, food. This December enjoy the fact that so many people make an enormous effort to feed you to an inch of bursting. This is such a wonderful time where multiple course meals are lavishly prepared and dished for your enjoyment. Suddenly everyone makes time to sit down and eat away from the hustle and bustle of normal everyday life.
To ensure that you are optimally nurtured as 2010 draws to a close, follow these simple rules:
Eat only food (variety is key)
Ratio your plate as follows:
½ plate vegetables
If you simply cannot say no to dessert, choose one option and enjoy after a well proportioned meal. Alternatively, you can ask the host/hostess to please dish up only a slither of all the choices available
Drink a pint of water between alcoholic beverages if you simply cannot resist the offerings
Drink ½ pint of water after every cup of coffee if this is your hot beverage of choice. Alternatively, choose green or red teas or any of the other delectable herbal teas available
Start every morning with a cup of hot water with ½ lemon/lime squeezed into it to aid hydration and combat constipation
Dress your vegetables with olive/walnut/avocado oil rather than using commercial dressings
The most important rule is to relax and enjoy. Being stressed out at mealtimes impairs digestion and can contribute to digestive upsets such as bloating and discomfort.
¼ plate protein
¼ plate carbohydrate rich food