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.”