Saturday, December 11, 2010

Getting past the holiday food coma...

I received a book yesterday from a publisher that was right in time for the holidays: Cooking Light Mix & Match Low-Calorie Cookbook: 1500 Calories a Day. As the holidays approach, I try more and more to eat healthily at a time when most of the food is anything but. I am not much of a cook but I figured I would flip through this book and see if there was anything I could conjure up for meals or that would help guide me through the maze of holiday eating. The book was full of great ideas and menus for those of us who are foodaholics.

The book actually reminds me a bit of Eat This, Not That!, as it provides good choices and bad choices for your daily meals. Most of the stuff, anyone should know, but it's good to hear it again. For example, at breakfast, the Cooking Light book tells you to eat a whole wheat English muffin with jam for 150 calories rather than the glazed doughnut for 200 calories. The recipes look great with such items as Marmalade French Toast Casserole for 389 calories a serving, Lumberjack Hash at 278 calories a serving and Greek Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto for 426 calories a serving. Everything looks simple to make and the book has large pictures and instructions that look easy, even for those of us who are cooking challenged.

Does anyone else out there have trouble avoiding a food coma or weight gain at the holidays? If so, how do you cope?

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Blogger Cham said...

I'm currently experimenting with a vegan diet. So far so good.

7:17 AM, December 11, 2010  
Blogger dr.alistair said...

diet comes from a basis of good habits.

eat oatmeal and fruit in the morning, a sandwich and coffee for lunch and a reasonable meal for dinner and don`t eat anything after 8.00pm.

ever.

the social pressure to over-eat during holidays is similar to that of over-spending...a conditioned consumerist urge.

like the fit dog, your ribs should show. you will move and think more quickly as a result.

diet is more about net caloric intake than food choices. there are fat vegans out there, as there are lean meat-eaters.

4:24 PM, December 11, 2010  
Blogger Cham said...

From dictionary.com:

di·et
1    /ˈdaɪɪt/ Show Spelled [dahy-it] Show IPA noun, verb, -et·ed, -et·ing, adjective
–noun

1.food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health: Milk is a wholesome article of diet.

2.a particular selection of food, esp. as designed or prescribed to improve a person's physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease: a diet low in sugar.

3.such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight: No pie for me, I'm on a diet.

4.the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group: The native diet consists of fish and fruit.

5.food or feed habitually eaten or provided: The rabbits were fed a diet of carrots and lettuce.

6:01 PM, December 11, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: Dr. Helen, et al.
RE: Coma vs. Weight Gain

Neither is particularly bad, except that the weight gain cannot be lost in the first few of months of the New Year.

We naturally need to put on weight during the Winter months....in the Northern Hemisphere. What they do 'down south' is another interesting thought.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[I'm in shape. 'Round' is a 'shape'.]

5:29 PM, December 12, 2010  
Blogger Sam Lee said...

Go with low-carb or very low carb to avoid post-holiday food coma. Plus, it means you get to eat more bacon! (/Instapundit fan) :)

11:41 PM, December 19, 2010  

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