Tips to Help you Survive Fat Season

The months of October through January are known as the fattening season for many people. This is so because there are big festive holidays that are surrounded by parties with lots of fatty foods. A lot of people stray from their diet during many of the holidays and tend to have to work extra hard during the new year to lose those pounds. Now, to help avoid losing yourself during the holidays, these are some tips for staying on track.

Food in Portions

When collecting from the buffet of food, consider only getting two small portions of dishes at a time. Then work your way around. This will help limit the amount of food you eat and likely you will get full before you eat too much. When you eat fast, you will consume more since the food hasn’t had time to digest and you won’t feel the fullness until it’s too late. So it’s good idea to take your time. You can also drink while you’re eating to help fill you. This also goes for desserts. Try only taking a sliver of cake and pies to limit your sugar intake.

If you are the one that’s in charge of making the food for the holidays, you should make them with fewer calories. Avoid too much nuts, cheese, gravy, sauces, butter and whipped cream. The food should satisfy you, not stuff you.

Mind Your Drinking

The holiday season is filled with drinks, such as beer, wine, alcoholic eggnog and sodas. You should moderate how much of each beverage you drink. If you can, stay away from them all together. Drinking alcohol after 7 pm can be trouble, especially since it is filled with high calories. You should also stop eating around this time. Even soda can be your enemy during the holiday parties. It’s hard to keep count of how much we drink, so it can quickly add up.

Try drinking natural juice and water instead. Limit the amount of alcohol and sodas you drink for each party.

Keep to Your Routine and Relax!

It’s easy to lose yourself when having a good time, but try to stay focused on your dieting habits. If you already had a routine before the holidays, try to stick with it. Keep on exercising throughout the holidays to makeup for any slip-ups you had at any of the parties. This will help excess pounds from forming, and there will be less work for you in the new year.

Exercising will also help speed up your metabolism and reduce stress, both of which can help with keeping pounds off. Try to stay relaxed during the holidays. This time of year can get very hectic and cause anyone to fret, but by doing so will effect your body in negative ways.

Wear Clothes that Are Snug

Try wearing clothes that fit snuggly on your body. This will help you keep in mind of your problem areas and you will be less likely to make eating mistakes that will make them worse. You can also hold a drink in your dominant hand to prevent from grabbing food.

Bring Your Own Dish

Contribute to the party while contributing to your health. By bringing your own dish, you can eat food that you know isn’t fattening. You should also eat something before you come to the party. Eat a nourishing breakfast, light lunch and a small snack before the event.

If you can maintain your weight, you can reward yourself by shopping for new outfits at Talbots.

Body detoxification

Now that the holiday season is over most people’s concerned now is how to loose weight and to cleanse the body from cholesterol, alcohol, toxins, etc. I’m one of those people’s who’s also looking for safe ways to detoxify my body. There are websites like that offers services and tips on how to have a safe rapid detox through their medical clinics. But if you like a cheaper alternative, you can just try drinking healthy detox juice. It’s a combination of leafy vegetables and fruits. There are lots of recipes you can find online. So which one do you prefer? 🙂

DOH finds more typhoid-like cases, blames water supply

THE number of Alegria residents suffering from typhoid-like symptoms has increased, according to the Department of Health (DOH) 7.

Elizabeth Tabasa, DOH 7 officer-in-charge, said 142 residents in Barangays Valencia and Madridejos have fallen ill as of yesterday, compared to 81 cases reported last Tuesday.

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Health officials conducted random typhi dot tests in the town and found that out of 16 who were tested, seven were found to be positive for the typhoid bacteria, while the rest were negative.

Typhi dot test detects the presence of the Salmonella typhi bacteria in the blood samples of persons suspected to have typhoid fever.

So far, 40 Alegria residents have been confined at the Badian District Hospital (22) and Reinhardt Wirtgen Memorial Hospital (18).

Tabasa said 102 persons sought out-patient treatment. Eight of them went to Badian, 24 to Reinhardt and 70 sought consultation from rural health units in their villages.

Tabasa told Sun.Star Cebu over the phone that the DOH 7 believes that water contamination is the most likely cause of the illness.


She said residents should boil their drinking water for at least five minutes and practice proper hygiene, like washing their hands before eating and after using the toilet.

She said the DOH gave the Municipal Government Aqua Tabs or chlorine tablets to disinfect water sources in the town.

Alegria Mayor Emelita Guisadio, however, said there is no confirmation that town residents have been taken ill because of the salmonella bacterium.

“Wa pa may resulta ang mga blood samples (The results of the blood tests have not been released yet),” said Guisadio, adding that some patients have recovered and were sent home.

She said the Municipal Government is using chlorinators to treat water sources in the affected barangay.


Several residents of Barangay Valencia, Alegria reportedly exhibited symptoms associated to typhoid fever.

In December last year, the DOH 7 declared a typhoid outbreak in Alegria. A significant number of typhoid cases was also reported in the town in 2007.

Guisadio said many town residents availed themselves of the medicines and medical consultations initiated by Capitol because these were for free.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia yesterday directed the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) and the Provincial Engineer’s Office to check on Alegria.

Provincial Health Officer Cristina Giango sent a medical team to Alegria yesterday.

Provincial Engineer Eulogio Pelayre, on the other hand, is looking into the town’s water supply project.


Garcia said two years ago, Capitol gave Alegria pipes for its water supply projects.

Valencia Barangay Captain Flora Amatril admitted that many households do not have toilets. But she said the local government distributed toilets to households.

She is not convinced that contaminated water is the cause of the recent cases.

She wondered why some residents in neighboring Barangay Sayaw got sick when they do not share drinking water sources with Barangay Valencia.

Guisadio lamented media reports identifying the recent illness as typhoid when the Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit has yet to come up with the test results of the blood samples of patients.

She said several people are sick with fever because of changes in the weather. She added that her child, who lives in Cebu City, has fever, too.

“Naalarma mi aning naabot sa media kay sa amo normal ra ni (We are alarmed by media reports. For us, fever is normal),” Guisadio said.

She said, though, that some people in the town want to declare Alegria under a state of calamity to tap calamity loans and grants.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 21, 2011.