Holiday Food Meltdown Help!
Passover starts this week and Easter is Sunday, and you know what that means? Family, food, drinks, water retention, and weight gain, hooray! This is not pleasant for anyone, but us menopausal ladies know how difficult it is to manage our food and weight.
WebMD has a ton of articles that may be able to help you through the holiday food-blues. I was especially pleased to read “The Worst Diets Ever: Diets That Don’t Work,” which outlines why fad diets are exactly that – fads that produce results for a little while, but are definitely not successful in the long term. This includes diets that focus on only one food or food group at a time – hello, grapefruit diet anyone?; diets that encourage fasting or taking in very little calories during the day; diets that sound too good to be true, or claim to hold on to that weight loss secret woman have been looking for FOREVER; “detox” diets like flushes or colonics; and diets that feature a “miracle food” that when eating in huge amounts will bring you back to your teenage body.
Beware! Eating a wide variety of foods – think in terms of color scheme, like an interior decorator putting a well-coordinated room together. A “rainbow” of produce, protein, dairy, complex carbs (if you’re not celebrating Passover this week, otherwise matzah will have to do for a few days) and can we ever forget a small amount of oils and fun food – will help you maintain your weight.
Now, don’t get discouraged – there is a great group of “Superfoods” that nutritionists believe help people from overeating, while providing great nutritional benefits. These include green tea, broth or tomato based soups, green salads (hold the croutons, please), yogurt (low- or fat-free both work), beans, whole grain cereal, water (duh), and light diet shakes (I’m on the fence about this one, since most nutritionists will tell you not to eat foods that are processed, and these are, well, not really all that natural). I’ve also heard that any high fiber fruits, like apples and plums, help you from eating too much by filling you up and providing water at the same time.
So, this and every holiday season, do the best you can do for yourself when it comes to eating. Arm yourself with food knowledge and don’t even let those pounds in! And, if you feel the need to splurge for one holiday meal – I promise, I won’t tell!