Resisting temptation of party food
You gotta be strong. This is the prime time of year that sends dieters out of control. It's difficult enough to eat salad and diet dressing the rest of the year when everyone else is stuffing themselves with hamburgers and french fries. But now as we enter the Eating Season, only the most controlled can survive the temptation.
Here are suggestions on keeping your willpower during the upcoming holiday from the Consumer Health Lifestyle newsletter:
Remember Scarlet O'Hara: Scarlet ate before the barbecue so she wouldn't make a pig of herself and so should you. Before leaving for a party or a dinner, make sure to eat something light -- an apple, non-fat yogurt, some crackers.
Eat more of the low-cal foods: Fruits and vegetables should take up more room on your plate than the higher calorie, higher fat foods.
Be discriminating: Don't sample everything that is available.
Stake out a good position: You will be less tempted to eat too much if you aren't standing right next to the food.
Maintain a defense: If you keep some food on your plate and some liquid in your glass, your host or hostess is less likely to try to get you to eat and drink more.
Divide and conquer: If you don't eat the dessert you crave, you are more likely to binge later. Take a small piece or share with someone.
Take a sober approach: Limit your alcohol consumption. It is caloric and stimulates your appetite.
Sharpen your focus: Concentrate on family and friends, not the food.
Sisson's sponsors sipping events
Mark your calendar for some beer and wine events at Sisson's restaurant in Federal Hill:
* Bargain Wine Tasting: Wines from around the world that are considered great values for the price will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. $20 per person.
* Beer Tasting Seminar: Get a taste of Christmas beers from around the world at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. $20 per person.
* Christmas Classic Beer Dinner: Traditional holiday fare will be matched to beers at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. $35 per person.
To register, call (410) 539-2093.
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