Eating for the Holiday!

Healthy Livingon November 17, 2012Leave a Comment

6909de01-62fb-4481-a723-501a14f45d22We often approach holiday seasons thinking, “It’s a holiday, I don’t care if I overeat!” I’ve found myself thinking the same thing. But, as we approach Thanksgiving with thoughts of delicious turkey and apple pie in the back of our minds, thoughts of expanding waistlines quickly follow to bring us back to reality!
Research has found that on average, there is only a weight gain of 1 to 5 lbs over the holiday season. Not that bad, right? Well, add this to the average weight gain observed during the winter months (October to February) which is anywhere from 1 to10 lbs and we have a problem!  This is especially true for the majority of individuals who gain this weight and never lose it; meaning it gets piled on year after year! That’s a significant amount of weight over time and it appears to be a major contributor to obesity later in life.
So, how can we avoid this weight gain trap, stay healthy and still enjoy our holidays?  I’ll give you a few tips to survive the season of overindulgence!
1)  Be conscious of what you eat and how much you eat!
Don’t skip your meals all day to “save up” for the event!  You’re more likely to over-eat when you do that. A better option? Eat light, healthy meals throughout the day.
2)  Allow yourself some special treats but have moderate servings!
Our eyes tend to be bigger than our stomachs! Start small; wait a few minutes before reaching for helping number 2 and see if that satisfies your craving.
3)  Always look for opportunities to get moving.
Even if you only have a small window of time, some exercise is better than none. Take a walk during the day or even as a family after the meal.
4)  Make smart beverage choices!
Make water your main beverage of the day. Alcoholic and sugary drinks contain a lot of calories, so if you know you’re going to indulge in these beverages during your meal, save the empty calories and make water your sipping drink of the day!
5)  Manage Stress & Emotions
Holidays can be a stressful time for some people when it comes to prepping, cooking, and planning meals and many people tend to relieve their stress with their favorite, high-calorie treats. Don’t let your emotions overrun you! Plan, ask for help and try not to engage in emotional eating.

Many Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Dr Heather and family

Profile Yourself.. Get Moving on Your Wellness Dreams & Goals

Healthy Livingon November 1, 2012Leave a Comment

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