Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 27, 2007–Making good food choices is harder at this time of year than any other. Eating the right kinds of nutrient-rich foods provides the body with energy and reduces stress. That is not to say that people shouldn’t allow themselves to indulge a little, but eating in moderation and maintaining a varied diet is key.
Chef LaLa, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, certified fitness nutritionist, lifestyle and weight management specialist, certified kid’s nutrition specialist and new mom, has become even more aware of how tricky it can be to balance a busy life with sensible menus.
“Gaining weight is one tradition that no one wants to keep. During this season, it is not necessary to deprive yourself. It is a joyous time where you can visit family and friends, reflect on the old, welcome the new – and all with great food. Food is not horrible; it is a beautiful scrumptious thing. Enjoy some of the decadent goodies, but eat smaller portions. Notice I said some,” says Chef LaLa.
Here are a few more tips from Chef LaLa to help you stay on track during the holidays:
— Continue to work out. First thing in the morning is best so that you don’t get sidetracked.
— Don’t leave your resolution to the beginning of the year. “I will start in 2008” is a great way to sabotage your success.
— Avoid skipping meals before a big meal.
— Eat something healthy, full of fiber like vegetables, before going to dinner to make you feel satisfied. Keep in mind that it takes 20 minutes after you consume food for your body to realize you have eaten.
— Don’t load up at the buffet table. Keep track of your portion sizes by putting your snacks on a small plate instead of a large one and limiting your trips to the buffet. Wait 20 minutes before getting another plate of food.
— Reduce or avoid alcohol. Alcohol packs seven calories per gram, falling just short of the nine calories found in a gram of fat and nearly twice that in a gram of protein or carbohydrate. Add fat-filled or sugary mixers, and the calories can reach 500 per drink.
— Simplify the meal if you are cooking. Many times the extra fat and calories is in the sauces and gravy’s. Cut down on saturated fat in creamy dressings by mixing in some nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt.
— No seconds on dessert, often the main ingredient in desserts is sugar and butter.
For additional information on Chef LaLa, please go to http://www.cheflala.com or contact Lucila Garcia, 323-646-2150.
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