Achieving Balance

The holidays are over and it’s time to pack up the decorations and our warm memories of the season.

At this time of year I tend to look back a little regretfully at our “splurges” on cookies and other treats.  But because eating is a big part of the holidays, we plan our strategy ahead of time. We try to make good choices at parties and gatherings, opting for healthier options and savoring a splurge or two.

When my husband was in cardiac rehab, a dietitian talked with us about the importance of occasionally indulging in a small treat that we crave but balancing it with healthier choices. For example, she loved chocolate chip cookies, so if she had one, she skipped the dressing on her salad. In the same way, when confronted with a tempting buffet, I load up on tossed salad and vegetables and take a small portion of an entree.

In addition to following these strategies, at home I devote extra attention to preparing healthy meals that we can easily squeeze into our busy holiday schedule, such as a simmering a big pot of minestrone.

Here’s to La Dolce Vita and achieving a heart-healthy balance in 2010!

Note: This blog is not intended to provide medical advice. Please follow the instructions of your health care provider.

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