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Five tips for holiday health

It’s the same story each year. AS the holidays approach, thoughts turn to parties and all the treats and drinks promoted during the season. It might be a good time to review what’s good for you and what’s not.

By Manu Kaushik        Print Edition: Dec 02, 2007

It’s the same story each year. AS the holidays approach, thoughts turn to parties and all the treats and drinks promoted during the season. It might be a good time to review what’s good for you and what’s not.

Tuck in at Home: Eat something at home before you leave for a party. Says Atul Gogia, Consultant, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi: “During the party, opt for something wholesome and nutritious, like a wholegrain sandwich or a bowl of fruits tossed with low-fat yoghurt. Most snacks are fried. Give them a miss. Season your dressing with garlic, onion and other herbs.”

Binge on Beer: Red wine and diet beer contain more protective antioxidants than other alcoholic beverages. Says Dr Neeru Gera, Senior Consultant, Max Hospital, New Delhi: “You can get maximum heart protection with up to two glasses of beer or wine—a glass of beer being 200 ml and a glass of wine, 100 ml—on four days a week.”

Maximise the Burn: Says Dr Gera: “For most of us, walking is the easiest way to burn calories. The trick (after a good warm-up) is to keep your pace strong.” Try high-stepping, or climbing stairs. If you keep up a moderate walking pace, expect to burn 250-300 calories hourly.

Stick to Selenium: It plays a key role in helping the skin cope with exposure to cold weather. Says Dr Gogia: “Almonds, pistachios and hazelnuts are a good source of selenium. These nuts are also rich in fibre, protein, vitamin E, and magnesium.”

Hold the Gravy: If you are serious about watching your weight, avoid gravy and sauces. Says Dr Gera: “They are low in nutritional value and high in fats. The same goes for creamy dips.”

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