American Ethanol Fall 2017 - Page 20

Here’s to a Healthy Holiday Biofuels are well-documented as the healthy energy choice—good for the environment and for all of us. Healthy choices are also important, as we head into the holiday season. In the spirit of healthy living, here are a few thoughts that will help minimize the need for post-holiday damage control. The No. 1 way to resist overindulging is to plan ahead. Often, we tend to skip meals to “save up calories” for a specific meal or event. Never skip breakfast (or any other meal), but instead eat smaller portions in preparation for the day’s activities. Stay hydrated! Drinking water ahead of time helps give the body a feeling of fullness, which will also stave off hunger. Slow down when you eat. It takes the brain roughly 20 minutes to register that your stomach is full. If you eat too quickly, your brain will not be able to register that your stomach is full until it is too late. The No. 1 way to resist overindulging is to plan ahead. Smart eating requires portion control. Try using a smaller plate for your meal, such as a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. Look for fresh/raw fruits and vegetables, and fill most of your plate with these. Limit rich or heavy foods with sauces, glaze, cream, and cheese sauces. 20 Never go hungry to an event or party. You can also eat a light, healthy snack prior to a big dinner party to help keep your appetite under control. Drink water throughout the meal to help you feel full and satisfied. Limit alcohol, as it is high in calories and can cause you to make improper food choices. If you can, bring your own healthy dish to the party so that you can include that in your meal. After a holiday meal, instead of hitting the couch to take a nap, go for a walk. This will help with digestion and burning off some of the calories you ingested. AMERICAN ETHANOL THE MAGAZINE