So starts the last few weeks of a busy, gastronomic holiday season. With all the festivities and parties going on, lets remember to stay healthy and tuned in. Tuned into what? Our limits and our health. While food is a passion of mine, health is also an obsession. Not that I am the epitome of health, but it is the one goal in life I still strive to attain, despite my profession.
Restaurant menus are filled with caloric feasts that could easily be our full daily allowance in one course. So, what to do? Be an informed, smart diner. Look for healthy options when possible.
Appetizers: fresh seafood, i.e. tuna appetizers, shrimp cocktails or anything with fresh greens. Also, mussels, clams, oysters are all good choices!! Yes, there is room for indulgence, just plan accordingly If you decided to do it up for dinner, eat lighter throughout the day. Moving on…
Salads: They are deceptive! A salad can pack as much calories and fat as a hamburger. No kidding. Pick vinaigrettes and salads without much meats or cheeses in them. The high calorie packed meats and cheeses should be garnishes and not the main part of a salad. A salad should have actual “greens” involved to qualify as such don’t you think?
Entrees: Ok, these can be tricky. Of course, seafood is a great option. Even though some cuts may be packed with fat, it is the healthier Omega-3′s that you are getting vs saturated fats. Personally, I love it all: duck, fish, pork, beef, elk, etc. When I am being more health conscious, I go with seafood and chicken and tend to stay away from red meats and pastas.
Desserts: I LOVE desserts. Especially with coffee and cream. However, I do choose to share mine.
Alcohol: Its obvious. Nothing needs to be said, DD’s are there and a great thing and many taxi services locally offer free rides to inebriated patrons.
Lastly, pop into a local yoga class, get a massage, get a facial, or wind down with a favorite book. This is a hectic time of year, remember to pause and take time out for yourself to minimize stress and enable yourself to truly enjoy what should be a memorable, fun time of year!
Overall: Life is short, everything in moderation, and plan well!!