What’s on your plate?

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Posted on Dec 21 2018
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Arvin Mettao, Gold’s Gym Saipan certified personal trainer, says that one need not blow one’s diet during Christmas. (Contributed Photo)

With Christmas being a time for family reunions and get-togethers, there is a very big chance of blowing one’s diet or meal plan.

But that’s no reason to fret, according to Arvin Mettao, Gold’s Gym Saipan certified personal trainer. He said one should not fear food intake during the holidays.

“If you are trying to get in shape or maintain the healthy lifestyle you are already in, Christmas should not set you back. This season only comes once a year, so enjoy and cherish it, and just keep everything in moderation,” he added.

Watching your portions is a start. “How do you know how much portion of mashed potato, rice, or protein you can put on your plate? If the food that you put in your plate is more than you can handle, then that’s not good,” Mettao said.

“You can only eat so much food in one sitting, so eat strategically and not get crazy with the amount of, say, mashed potato,” he added.

Of course, seeing your favorite food on the table can be enticing. Mettao suggests not to binge.

“People tend to binge on food, especially when there is a lot on the table. Take it easy as binging does more bad than good to your body,” he said.

“At a party or dinner setting, always aim for a balanced meal. [Just the] right amount of salad, turkey, or ham. Make the right choices, so you only put the best choices on your plate,” he added.

Drinking alcohol is almost synonymous with any celebration and Christmas in no exception. Mettao concedes that alcohol will always be a part of any celebration, and even more this Christmas, because the holidays and breaks are longer than usual. But, “if you can help it, drink water as it is the safest and healthiest.”

“But if you cannot [avoid drinking alcohol], just drink moderately and responsibly.”

Bea Cabrera
Bea Cabrera, who holds a law degree, also has a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She has been exposed to multiple aspects of mass media, doing sales, marketing, copywriting, and photography.
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