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Stay Healthy!
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by: Celebrity Recipes Magazine

Admit it! Celebrations, holidays and other occasions are dangerous to one’s health. This is because with all the eating and drinking we ‘enjoy’, we tend to overindulge and thus, forget that everything taken in excess will lead to increased health risk. In fact, most will probably agree, that a lot of people are hospitalized because of this. Although I don’t want to sound like a party pooper, the reason probably lies in overeating/drinking and bad health habits we acquire.

Anyway these health risks could be minimized by simply following these practical tips:

Eat moderately.
Hard as it may be, because of the numerous parties and reunions, not to mention the holiday season, all Filipino homes have; eating less during these events is a discipline all must acquire. This is because we tend to forget the calories and fat we consume with the succession of parties and gatherings we attend during the course of the year. As such, why not try eating less in all gatherings? That way, you will not only weigh less (or weigh the same) at the end of the season, but you will not also deprive yourself of the wonderful dishes and treats presented.

So you can’t resist the feast. What the best thing to do then? Exercise! Yup, if you can’t resist eating all the goodies, better hold on to your gym schedule. That way, you can eat all your heart desires and still be at your cardio-best. Increase your exercise resistance (strength of exercise you do). Better yet, add some fiber in you diet to cleanse your body of bad cholesterol.

Keep hydrated and limit alcohol.
Understandably, alcohol consumption increases in gatherings and parties, what with the numerous wine gifts one is given by “well-meaning” friends. However, alcohol is a diuretic and thus, may lead to dehydration. Also, alcohol creates the feeling of fullness that is quite unhealthy, as it does not have any nutritional value whatsoever and may even lead to malnutrition.

The key of course is moderation when imbibing alcohol which may come in even more "devilish" guise in food and harmless looking eggnog. However, if you can't resist alcohol, better drink lots of water. Drink up to eight to 10 glasses of water everyday. This will not only cleanse the body, but might even deter others from offering you alcohol during feast.

Sleep as much as possible.
Although we might get a surfeit of food and alcohol, sleeping is something that we don't seem to get enough of during parties and gatherings. Sleep deprivation may be subtle as deadlines near and the number of official holidays increase. This results in a lot of short tempers and a decline in physical resistance to disease. Anyway, sleeping eight hours a day (or even six to seven hours if you can't afford it) might just give you extra boost and energy to enjoy the parties and celebrations more

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