Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Another Holiday Eating Article

Hello everyone, Happy Holidays and welcome to the PURE Tip of the Week!

This time of year many health articles focus on smart holiday eating, and I figured I would follow suit, with a bit of a different angle- instead of giving you a unique set of rules to follow during the holiday season, I am going to stick my normal healthy eating guidelines. Here are a few to focus on:

1. Consume small portions, even if there are a lot of them- Often we go to parties where there is a literal smorgasbord of food to try. If you find yourself in this situation, do not be afraid or feel guilty for trying everything, just do it in small portions. Try 2-3 bites of a dish, and then move on to another. This way you still get the satisfaction of trying all of the food, but not the calories and hormonal disruption that comes extra large portion sizes.

2. As usual, watch the carbs- minimize breads, pastas, and desserts, and instead enjoy meats, and holiday salad and vegetable dishes. Excess carbohydrate intake during a meal will leave you with that sleepy, ‘I need to take a nap’ feeling we experience so often after holiday meals. And with so much to do this season, you don’t have time for a carbohydrate-induced coma!

3. Another common favor at holiday parties is alcohol. Right or wrong just remember this- when you have the sugar from alcohol in your system, your body will always burn that first as fuel, effectively shutting off fat burning. We don’t like that! We want to be a fat-burning machine, remember!?

4. Stay moving! Movement really is like medicine for the body- the more you move, the better you feel, the more flexible you are, and the less pain you have. At a party, mingle through the crowd rather than sit, even dance a little when appropriate! The walking that comes with holiday shopping may seem like a chore, but it is the perfect low-level physical activity, and one that primarily uses stored fat as fuel. Finally, if it is not too chilly, take a walk with family or friends through a neighborhood and enjoy the lights. And, of course, keep coming to Boot Camp!

Don’t undo a year’s worth of work with one month of bad choices!
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