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Food and Nutrition Tips for the Holidays

Good Health is  the most valuable and beautiful gift that you can give to yourself this Holiday Season.  Here are some practical guidelines that you can follow:

  1. Plan Meals Spend sometime to plan the foods you are going to serve during the season Stick to basics. Use the food pyramid as a guide in planning meals. Well-planned meals are the key to have a healthy body.
  1. Eat a variety of foods in the proper amount. This is the first message of the 2000 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) developed by a technical working group led by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST). The human body needs ample amount of nutrients for good health and no single food can provide all these needed amounts of nutrients. Choosing different kinds of foods from all food groups in the food pyramid is the first step to obtain a well-balanced diet. Don’t use the season as a reason for you to over-eat. Just load up your plate with the right amount of healthy choices of foods. Eat slowly and enjoy every bite.

  1. Don’t starve yourself all day. During the holiday season, many people tend to skip meals and indulge in one large holiday meal. This is not a good idea. You are just setting yourself up for a major binge that makes you forget about any sense of the word “moderation” or “control”. Eat several small meals a day.

  1. Stop smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. Smoking can cause lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, ischemic heart disease, hypertension, and other systemic diseases. It also decreases the appetite, thus can result to malnutrition. For many people, hand in hand with any occasion comes an increase in the amount of alcohol they consume. Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages may lead to weight gain resulting in obesity, nutrient deficiencies, increased triglycerides, hypertension; erratic blood glucose level, and other serious illnesses such as cirrhosis of the liver, cardiovascular diseases, and certain types of cancer. If alcoholic beverages are consumed, these should be taken in moderation.

Source: Food Nutrition Research Institute Digest
Written  by: Dr. Imelda A. Agdeppa