Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


November 23, 2013

Eat and be well

ALTO — The holidays are a magical time of year for most all of us. We know that the sense of smell and taste are connected directly to our memory making process – which makes it hard for us to say no thank you to that extra slice of mom’s sweet potato pie.

Quite frankly, there is nothing wrong with enjoying yourself during the holiday, after all the food is one of the things we look forward to most.

The problem is that often after splurging too much during this time of year, we sell ourselves a little short. Uncontrolled eating for many leads to changes in blood pressure, spikes in blood sugar, increased risk of sudden death from other-related conditions. And then there are the more minor but still harmful things like increased acid production in the stomach that cause flare ups and sends us to the closest pharmacy seeking immediate relief.

All things considered, just like everything else in life – balance is key. We should enjoy the holidays – and food always has and always will be a big part of that. So here are a few tips for making sure you maintain that balance:

Sample smart. Sometimes when we tell ourselves that we are going to be good and avoid a “big” meal, we end up sampling the whole spread, and we eat more than if we had just had the “big” meal.

Sit, don’t stand. When we stand up and eat, our brains tend to deceive us and make us think we haven’t eaten as much, when in fact, we’ve consumed more than if we had sat down next to Aunt Mildred and talked about her arthritis.

Eat healthy first. When you build your plate, be sure to include fruits and vegetables, but eat them first. This way, you will be somewhat full when you get to the dessert table and you won’t eat so much at one meal.

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