‘Tis the Season! That’s right everyone…we are now in the thick of it! Holidays have started and so has the battle of the bulge. A friend told me she calls this time of year the Bermuda Triangle…mysteriously extra pounds jump on your body!
Some interesting facts about this time of year:
* the average American gains 5-7 lbs between Halloween and New Years
* the average American can consume 4000-5000 calories on Thanksgiving Day (food and drink)
* the average American can consume 5000-6000 calories on Christmas Day (food and drink)
* 3500 calories = 1 pound
This does not have to happen…in fact, this should not happen! There are many ways to avoid being “an average american”! First of all, let me start this by saying – Enjoy the Holidays! I know that I do! Being with family is fun and hard at the same time and food and alcohol can help you get through it, but a little can go a long way!
Earn Your Day of Indulgence! If you know you are going to overeat (which most of us will) plan ahead! Go for a run Thanksgiving morning, an interval walk, a bike ride, take the dog for a walk, go play tag with the kids, play football….just be active that day!
Taste Everything! There are going to be a lot of appetizers, sides, treats, desserts, etc… Dont try to avoid them all because it may backfire. You could end up eating more or drinking more. Instead, taste them all! Take just a little spoonful of all of the things that look good…JUST A LITTLE SPOONFUL!
Choose Smart! Typically stuffing made in the turkey has a lot more fat than stuffing made on its own. Vegetables are good and don’t have to be covered with mushroom soup, cheese, cream and more cheese. Volunteer to make a side and bring roasted sweet potatoes with a balsamic drizzle (YUM!) or green beans with toasted almonds and parmasean cheese. (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/green-beans-amandine/detail.aspx)
Don’t Graze! Fill up a small plate of some of the apps and nibble off that plate and not the enormous display of food. This will help you quantify the amount of food you have eaten. It is very easy to forget food you unconsciously eat.
Stand UP! After dinner, don’t retire immediately to the couch. Offer to do the dishes, go for a walk, take the dog for a walk, play football with the kids…just Stand Up!
Enjoy the Holidays and remember – Don’t give up the war if you lose the battle. There are going to be good days and bad days, but your Health and Wellness is a Lifestyle!