Today we have two sensitive but aptly timed topics for the Eve of Thanksgiving.
Holiday Survival Tip #4: Watch the Wining
We’ve all heard that it’s wise to have a glass of water for every alcoholic drink we consume. This is true for many reasons. It will help you stay hydrated, slow down the entry of alcohol into the bloodstream, and make you look prettier in the morning. (No red eyes, bags under the eyes or wrinkly dehydrated skin). My question to you then, is do you actually do it? I know I forget sometimes. So what can you do to make sure you follow through for yourself?
Make your first drink a soft one in a fancy glass. Sparkling water works well in a wine glass or a rocks glass. That way you’re off to a good start. If you’ve read my previous blogs, you haven’t arrived starving and you have the presence of mind sans alcohol to not go nuts over hors d’oeuvres.
After a glass of water or two, you can sip on a glass of champagne or a cocktail. Soda water should be the mixer of choice. The perils of regular soda or diet soda can be saved for another day, so trust me on this. Nurse and appreciate your beverage so that it lasts.
Keeping your pre-prandial liquor intake light means you won’t be diving for the bread basket or overindulging at dinner. I’m adamant about enjoying wine with food so wait until your meal has been served before you have a glass and make sure you continue to have a glass of water or two for each glass of wine.
Savoring and appreciating your beverage should mean fewer empty calories. My inner wine snob would also recommend that, if you’re cutting back consumption, go for better quality. Remember, “Life is too short to drink cheap wine.”
Holiday Survival Tip #5: Deal With Dessert
Oh the cruelty of it! This is the time of pecan pie and pumpkin pie in the USA, mince pies and Christmas pudding in the UK, and bûche de Noël in France. How could I have the audacity to say that a sliver of dessert is all you need. But really, it is. We “need” a few tastes to satisfy our sweet tooth. Savoring and enjoying a few bites will go a lot further than wolfing down a whole plateful.
Now, we all know that if you ask for your server or hostess for a small portion, they’ll smile benignly at you while piling a veritable mountain onto your plate. In this case, you have three bites and be done. Savor them. Relish them and count them. Then let it go. Similarly, if your host is absolutely insistent that you have some of their famous pie or cake, tell them you’re more stuffed than the turkey but you’ll gladly take a piece to enjoy later. Do not put it in your fridge. Do not eat it in the car before you arrive home. Ditch it discreetly as soon as you are able.