Five Simple Tips to Avoid Overeating This Holiday

Pharmacist George
By Pharmacist George Latest Reply 2012-05-31 12:11:48 -0500
Started 2012-05-25 02:06:25 -0500

The Memorial Day holiday is upon us and it’s a great occasion for us to reflect on our fallen heroes. As any holiday, parties loaded with calorie dense munchies, burgers, hotdogs, pizzas, booze and desserts have become the norm.

There is no way I am skipping any pool party and neither should you. Having said that, such parties can be occasions for many of us to overindulge for days on end leading to weight gain, worsening of diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Here are five simple tips that can get you the best of both worlds which is to enjoy the food in those parties without overdoing it. Balance and moderation are the key approaches to the choices you’ll be making this weekend. Here are the five tips that anyone can apply regardless of the chronic disease you have:

Tip # 1: Keep a daily meal structure of 3 main meals and 2 fruit snacks and make sure not to skip meals. People commonly tend to skip the meal before the dinner party meal and that’s only going to make you hungrier and overeat mainly food that’s high in fat, sugar and salt.

Tip # 2: At the party start with the vegetables munchies such as broccoli, carrots, celery combined with a touch of your favorite dip for flavor. You can also start with a vegetable salad but go easy on cheese, croutons, bacon and dressing portions. After you fill up with vegetables then you can munch on potato chips and pretzels. Vegetables are full of nutrients and especially fiber which will fill you up when combine it with water.

Tip # 3: Keep up with water to about 6 to 7 cups per day especially the day of the party for many reasons. Water is health and life without it we can’t survive. But there are a couple more reasons why adequate water supply during party is crucial. The first thing you want to do when you get to a party is drink a full cup of water. First off this cup of water will fill your stomach up and get you to eat less especially when combined with fiber rich food. The second reason is that water quenches your thirst and you will consume less alcohol.

Tip # 4: Take a moderate approach to alcohol consumption and limit your consumption to 1 or 2 drinks per day. One drink is the equivalent of one 12 oz beer, 5 ounces of wine and one and half ounce of hard liquor or spirits. Studies are clear about the dangers of alcohol beyond 2 drinks a day. Holiday days are no different than regular days and should be no excuse to drink 12 to 15 beers every weekend day like some people do.

Tip # 5: Finally when you’re ready for the grill, a hotdog or a lean burger are good choices. Go easy on fatty condiments such as bacon and cheese. Go easy on fries or fried food and if you do consume them then cut back on the bread portions of the buns and on fatty munchies.

That’s all it takes to a balanced lifestyle and wish you a great holiday. Take care.

22 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-29 19:21:33 -0500 Report

I think the one thing people forget when being outside is to stay hydrated. Water is the best. Teas, coffee and juices do not work for me as they seem to make me even more thirsty when I am outside and it is hot. I love burned hotdogs on the grill. Love the charred taste.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-29 19:07:57 -0500 Report

I am allowed one day out of the week to indulge. This week it was Memorial Day. I ate what I wanted and since I don't eat a lot of carbs my numbers were not high enough to make me worry.

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-05-29 23:19:01 -0500 Report

That's great, acctually I wouldn't call it cheating but an essential part of a balanced lifestyle; more power to you. With moderation you actually can get by with just about anything as long as your numbers stay on target and you might enjoy it as well.

Nana_anna 2012-05-27 08:31:38 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. I rarely don't go to anyone's b-que. Unless its someone I know really well. They know that I am a diabetic, to help me along the way. They tell me that, no. 1…I can bring my own food, drinks, exc. no. 2…I also stay away from the junk, and eat the veggies, but I watch out for the added extra sauces and things like ketchup and mayo to avoid the sugar in those. I use mustard or nothing. There are fat free, zero salad dressings. Ranch light or zero is available at Wal Mart. I do drink a beer, but in moderation. My meds don't give me room for to much of it. Hope you all have a fun day, and in rememberence of those, who have lost their lives, and are serving! Thank you! Be safe on Monday! Hugs :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-29 19:11:09 -0500 Report

Nana I go to families or friends bbq's. I never ask for anything different from what is being served. We have a huge family so I know there will be something I can eat without worry. I will take my own diet soda and put it in the fridge with a not attached saying do not drink and no one bothers it (we can do that in my family). At Thanksgiving, I will take my desert because I know they won't have any I can eat and I take a tablespoon and teaspoon to fill my plate. I don't have a problem with my numbers because I eat what I would eat at home.

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-05-27 12:22:51 -0500 Report

Hi "Nana_anna" all of the choices you are making are awsome and will help you greatly to control diabetes and enjoy life to the fullest. Happy Memorial Day

GabbyPA 2012-05-26 21:23:27 -0500 Report

I just got a recipe for home made veggie burgers that sounds good. If they come out well, I will share the recipe with you all. YUM. We are having a gathering, and while it is pot luck, I will be sure to have some good choices available for myself.

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-05-27 12:09:15 -0500 Report

This sounds great Gaby and make sure you share with us that recipe. You're right moderation is the way to go. Enjoy the party and your guests. Have a great one.

GabbyPA 2012-05-29 19:10:10 -0500 Report

I made the veggie burgers and I will be posting it in our recipe section. They were pretty good. I needed to make them thinner so they were more crisp on the outside. It was good, but kind of messy.

MarcusCopus 2012-05-31 12:00:09 -0500 Report

I have made some vegie burgers from that sit and must say they were good even my young carnivores said they were good and actually asked for more.

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-05-29 22:55:02 -0500 Report

What matters Gaby is the taste and the benefits to health those veggies inside that burger have. That veggie burger already sounds that It tastses great. I'll check out the recipe.

jayabee52 2012-05-25 07:52:16 -0500 Report

Thank you so much George for sharing that with us.

I also thank those heroes on this memorial day season who gave their all for the protection of our freedom. Also thanks to those who have served in our armed forces and those who serve today! "All gave some and some gave ALL!"