Tuesday, December 21, 2010

EAT SMART THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

With the holiday season, it’s easy to over indulge in all the delicious food.

Here’s some smart eating tips:

Aim for 5 or 6 evenly spaced meals a day. This isn’t just for the holidays. Not only is this the best way to burn fat but helps to maintain muscle.

Eat a good portion of vegetables and stay away from the processed foods, white bread & pasta.

Limit the booze. Alcohol intake can quickly add hundreds of calories. Try and cut back on those special drinks and sodas (regular or diet). You’d have to do 2,100 Jumping jacks just to burn off one 8 oz glass of eggnog – that’s 35 minutes worth!

Drink water. Drinking a glass just before the big meal will help to curb your appetite. Besides, water optimizes kidney function and maintains skin and heart health.

Wait a good 20 minutes before going for a second helping. It takes your brain about 20 minutes to realize that the stomach is full.

Remember – all things in MODERATION. If your Aunt keeps hounding you to grab seconds – politely decline. Offer to take a goody bag home instead.

Eating is contagious so hang out with talkers rather than eaters. You'd have to jog for 5 miles to burn off one quiche or fried pork dumpling!

Weight loss doesn’t come in a bottle so don’t rely on over-the-counter weight-loss supplements – they do NOT work. Your wallet/purse is already drained so don’t waste your money!

Stick with your exercise program. Don’t fall into a rut. This is a good time to take a bit of time off so you don’t overtrain. If you been procrastinating, it’s time to start a fitness plan.

The point of holiday gatherings is to celebrate good food and memorable times. Mingle with friends and loved ones instead pigging out. If you do overdo it, don’t stress. Try and catch up on your sleep, go get a massage, go for a skate or ski.

This is a special time of the year. Enjoy it with your friends and family.

Wishing you all the best this Holiday Season!

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