Holiday Eating Tips and Tricks

Santa weightI have both good and bad news about holiday eating and weight gain. In actuality, researchers have found that most people do not gain 5 to 6 pounds during the month between Thanksgiving and the New Year.   The actual average is between 1 to 2 pounds, which is manageable if you have a plan to get it off.   This article from the Web M.D. archives offers a brief explanation and some great tips on holiday eating.

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As I shared in my blog earlier this week, awareness of one’s self is key to making conscious choices and achievable goals.  One of the biggest pitfalls is to have your fitness / eating routine interrupted and struggling to get back on your plan.  There are countless tips, tricks, and plans for eating less calories while bouncing from party to party.         Quick tips to stay on track with your holiday eating!

EatRight.org has a quick 4 tips on how to tackle the holiday temptations.

A week before Thanksgiving this year, The American Heart Association posted a list go tips and some recipe makeovers to help you through the season. Ornament

Here is a list of a few suggestions that most of the lists have in common.

  • Enjoy any of your favorite holiday treats in moderation.
  • Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay active during the season.

If you can incorporate these integral steps to staying on track, you should have a head start on minimizing the effects of your holiday indulgence.

Mini Treats Can Have a Major Impact!

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With Halloween around the corner there are sweet treats up for grabs every where!  I thought I would take a minute and share some calorie counts and offer a bit of education on how to offset this season’s indulgences.

In our society, holidays and celebrations are synonymous  with food.  Make sure that you educate yourself on the amount of calories you could be mindlessly eating as you walk by the candy bowl at work or dip into your children’s Halloween treasures.  Below, is a chart to give you an idea of what it will take to burn off this MINI-SIZED Fun Treats6b166b124c5f41cc9f556d1e3be1a071--halloween-treats-spooky-halloween

As with any health plan, complete deprivation will set you up for failure.  A term I frequently remind my clients of is, “everything in moderation.”  I do not recommend that anyone completely forego sweet treats, IF they want to indulge.  It is not realistic to expect to sustain a lifestyle change without participating in days of celebration.  Whether it is Halloween candy, the office birthday cake, or the upcoming holiday season, don’t allow an exception to your daily eating plan to derail your fitness journey.

IF you choose to eat the treats, be ready to do the work! BAM!!!

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Are Fall Favorites Failing You?

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It seems that once September first hits, people start drinking “Fall Favorites” and seldom think twice about taking the calorie hit.  Since the introduction of the “Pumpkin Spice Latte”(click link for calorie information) over 14 years ago, Starbucks has sold over 350 million of them.  Indulging in Pumpkin Spice Lattes, aka PSL, and other fall treats can have a negative effect on any eating plan.   With the average woman needing to follow a 1,500 calorie diet to lose weight, and a manPSL needing to follow a 2,000 calorie diet, using 380-500 of your daily allowance for a morning coffee is not a wise nutrition choice.

I have included a couple of links to help educate you on just how many calories a person can mindlessly ingest in a day.  This first article offers a good overview of how cutting liquid calories can have a positive result on your weight loss.  Stealth Assault on Health: Beverages Pack Calorie Punch.   Another resource, published in 2015, by the Center for Disease Control, titled “Rethink Your Drink,” offers a comprehensive list of calorie comparisons for popular beverages.  So the next time you are thirsty, make sure you count those calories, because they really add up!  Just drink water – BAM!!!