Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Survival Tips and 12 Days of Fitness

The holidays mean lots of celebrations and with celebrations we eat food.  Here is a survival guide of how to eat healthier at social functions and gatherings.

Don’t go hungry. People often skip meals or eat less before the big meal. You are more likely to overindulge if you have not eaten enough all day.

Exercise the day of your holiday celebration. Feel good about yourself, burn extra calories and remind yourself that you are working hard at your efforts.

Keep a friendly distance from the food. If you stay at arm's length away from the buffet table, you'll be less tempted to mindlessly nosh while you're mingling. And when you're finished eating, ditch your empty plate — it screams for second helpings. Instead, chew on a piece of sugarless gum. It's full of flavor and will keep you from snacking on more food.

Don't eat just to be polite. "I couldn't refuse the apple strudel — Aunt Gertie spent hours slaving over it!" Sound familiar? The next time you're being strong-armed into eating a high-calorie confection, simply say, "No thank you, it looks delicious but I'm trying to lose weight."  or “No thank you, I’m trying to eat healthier.”

A “Handy” Way to Visualize Portions at a Party
No one wants to go to a party and break out the measuring spoons and cups, but here is a “handy” way to keep your portions in check.

Thumb-from tip to base is about 1 oz of food, use this when eating cheese.
Palm-minus your fingers is 3 oz. of food, use this when eating meat to include meat, fish, and poultry
Fist-is about 1 cup or 8 oz of food, use this for fruit or pasta
Cupped Hand-is about 1-2 oz of food, use this when eating nuts or pretzels

12 Days of Fitness-a fun activity to do with your children
To get festive and fit, try singing this song to the 12 Days of Christmas and do the activities with your children for some holiday fun!

a Partridge in a Yoga Tree-hold a yoga pose

Keep coming back each day to get the rest of the song!

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aerobic_34 said...

Hopefully I can stick to at least some of these rules this year lol

Diane said...

Sure you can! Take it one day at a time and if you fall off one day, tomorrow is a new day! Good Luck!

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