Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Now that the holiday season has officially kicked off, it’s time to talk about nutrition. Did you know the average holiday meal has 229 grams of fat?!? Here are a couple of strategies to help fight the battle of the holiday bulge this year.
-Challenge yourself and your friends. Weigh yourself today and again after New Year’s. Try to maintain your weight within 2 pounds. I do this every year with some friends at work and we get a prize if we succeed. Knowing I am accountable to others makes me think more about what I eat.
-Increase your workouts. We all go to holiday parties or eat the homemade cookies someone brings into the office. Accept that you will eat more and make it a point to increase every workout by 10 minutes for the next couple of months.
-Take advantage of free fitness opportunities. Take the stairs, park in the farthest spot, or do a couple of laps around the mall before starting your Christmas shopping. These little things do add up.
-Going to a holiday party? Have a light meal prior to attending to avoid binging on the not-so-healthy foods at the buffet. Try to make better choices, like soups, salads, shrimp cocktail, and the veggie tray. Use salsa instead of cream or cheese-based dips. Finish with fruit instead of dessert.
These are just a couple of simple ideas to help with the inevitable eating that goes on during the holidays. Remember, your body is only as good as the fuel you put in it! If you want to perform well, feed it well!