How can you possibly resist all the goodies that abound during the holiday season? Here’s good news: You don’t have to. According to someone whose opinion should carry some weight (no pun intended), you don’t have to be totally good when it comes to making food choices during the holidays.
That’s right. Voltaire Velarde, M.D., a board certified internal medicine specialist affiliated with Sutter Solano Medical CenterOpens new window, believes that you can treat yourself—just not too much.
“There’s no point in skipping good food, especially things you may only have the chance to eat once or twice a year, but you must be guided by moderation,” says Dr. Velarde. “Many of us look forward to enjoying family recipes that are usually high in calories, so instead of passing altogether, take small servings.”
Dr. Velarde also offers the following suggestions for holiday eating done right:
In addition to monitoring your food intake, Dr. Velarde suggests maintaining your usual exercise routine. He recommends walking as an alternative to more rigorous activities and notes that Northern Californians cannot use the “bad weather” excuse that those in other parts of the country may find convenient during the winter months.
“It’s always important to maintain a healthy weight, since being overweight can predispose you to diabetes, heart and lung problems, joint issues, and more,” Dr. Velarde says. “You can’t modify genetics, but you can exercise, eat well, and control risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol—even while celebrating the holidays.”