Holiday Gluttony; "Make Less Thy Body Hence, and More Thy Grace. Leave Gormandizing;" - William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English Playwright. Henry IV, Part 2, Act 5, Sc. 5, L
Byline: DR. BRIX PUJALTE
THIS is it! As I write, the Christmas office parties, reunions and homecomings have started. It's a long four to five weeks of eating (usually too much eating) and drinking. Quite oddly, Christmas done wrong has a Buddhist explanation. Take holiday gluttony. The attachment to food (desire) leads to excessive eating (fulfillment) followed by dyspepsia, sleepiness, laziness, and weight gain (regret).
Starting Right. Here are some tips to keep the weight down during the holidays:
* Don't skip meals. The usual thinking is that since there's a big party at night, one would brave the day without breakfast and even lunch. The result is a ravenous appetite at night. It's a pig-out! To prevent this, eat breakfast, take lunch so you won't reach the party thinking only of food.
* Choose the food you crave. The idea behind this is to be picky and not simply dump all kinds of food - even the ones you don't really like -- on the plate. There are some "holiday foods" that appear only once a year. Maybe it's lechon (suckling pig) or a lush family recipe, a sinful dessert maybe. Go ahead and have a bit. This is better than stuffing on plain rice.
* Get away from the buffet! This means that eat something but understand the true meaning of homecomings and reunions and that is to see family and talk with old friends.
* Less alcohol please. Alcoholic drinks are packed with many calories so one way is to alternate drinks with plain water or non-alcoholic, sugar-free beverages. Low calorie beer is another way to go.
* Balance the plate. Don't forget to put vegetables and other high fiber foods on your plate. And instead of creamy, syrupy desserts, why not fresh fruit?
* Slow down! We've been told that it takes 20 minutes for the satiety center of the brain to register fullness. …