With a sensible, realistic plan, you can experience true Simchat Purim while maintaining your health. Here are some helpful tips.
• Eat breakfast. By doing so, you are less likely to start grazing as Mishloach Manot come in. (Even those of you celebrating Purim on Friday this year in Yerushalayim should still eat breakfast in spite of the short day.)
• Plan your treats. You can have treats—it is Purim—but they must be limited. When you have a treat, sit down, eat slowly and enjoy every bite. And when you are done, you are done.
Alcohol is high in calories. Each 5 ounce glass of red wine is 122 calories. Whiskey is 105 calories per a shot glass. Add these numbers to the extra food intake and realize that today won’t be a “perfect” eating day. But that’s okay.
It is a mitzvah to eat, but it is never a mitzvah to gorge yourself.
• Start your meal with several glasses of water.
• While you may well serve choices that aren’t particularly healthy, make sure healthy choices are also available. For desert, (especially considering all the junk you received throughout the day), try a fresh fruit salad.
• Sing a lot and enjoy. The more you sing, the less you eat!
The most important advice:
The day after Purim, get right back on track—exercise, eat well, drink a lot of water and stay focused. If you resume normal eating habits ASAP, the weight will fall right off. Then, in another month when Pesach is upon us, you won’t be worried about additional weight gain.
Alan Freishtat is an A.C.E. CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER and a CERTIFIED WELLNESS COACH with over 19 years of professional experience. Alan is the creator and director of the “10 Weeks to Health” program for weight loss. He is available for private coaching sessions, consultations, assessments and personalized workout programs. Alan also lectures and gives seminars and workshops.
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