Fight Holiday Pounds
The holidays have arrived with all the high-calorie food and drinks of the season. It’s really no wonder why most of us gain weight during the next five weeks.
Sweet temptations are everywhere. Holiday cookies, gingerbread houses, pumpkin pies, and more. Even healthy foods like sweet potatoes and green beans are somehow transformed into high-calorie dishes that will make you want to do nothing but fall asleep.
And don’t forget the drinks. Eggnog and alcoholic beverages are loaded with calories.
Want to fight these holiday pounds?
#1) Remember the Reason for the Season
Sure, the holidays bring indulgent foods and drinks, but friends, gatherings, and family traditions aren’t only about food. Before a party remind yourself what the holiday season is all about—friends, family, giving, and religious traditions. Then stay focused on the reason for the season rather than the plate full of hors d'oeuvres in front of you.
Also, stay focused on your fat loss goals. Remind yourself of how far you’ve come and where you’re headed. Keep your goals in the forefront of your mind. A few bites of food aren’t worth hours on the treadmill.
Remember that the holidays can be a time of emotional eating. For many people, the holidays bring stress, family conflict, or depression. If these issue start to wear down your will power then find the courage to address the root of your problems with solutions other than food or drink.
#2) Implement Strategies
If you want to keep your diet on track during this season of parties, you’ll need to pace yourself. Try the following strategies:
- Don’t go to parties hungry, be sure to eat a small low-calorie snack ahead of time. Otherwise, you’ll overeat.
- Wear tight-fitting clothes around your waist so there isn’t room for expansion.
- Before and after a meal chew gum so you won’t be tempted to overindulge in appetizers and desserts.
- During a party, don’t stand right next to the food table, but keep a safe distance.
- Choose your plate wisely. Go with a small plate instead of a large dinner plate and don’t go back for seconds!
Another important strategy is figuring out how to get in a workout between parties. Leaving room in your busy holiday schedule for exercise will help you fight off the extra weight trying to attach itself to your midsection and rear.
#3) Make Wise Choices
Enjoy the goodness of the season, but in moderation. Trim calories where you can by limiting your trimmings-cheeses, gravy, sauces, creams, and nuts. Be smart about what you choose to eat. Don’t deprive yourself of all the foods you love or you’ll likely spurge and ruin all your good intentions.
The holidays offer many food choices not available the rest of the year. Because of this, you may want to overindulge before they’re gone. Instead of doing this, survey what foods are available and make your choices. Indulge in your favorites and leave the everyday dishes for another time. Only eat what you love, and don’t just eat something because it’s on the buffet.
Also, be sure to limit the amount of alcoholic beverages you drink. As you likely know, they’re filled with calories, too. Try alternating an alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic drink.
Follow these simple tips, and you will avoid holiday weight gain this season and start the New Year off right!
Exercise is a huge part of the equation when it comes to achieving weight loss.
We are passionate about seeing our clients achieve results—without wasting time, energy and effort on mistakes.
Call or email me today and we will get you started on the exercise program that is right for you.
Committed to your fitness success - without failure,
Mel Parker Jr.
A Gift For YOU
This is the time of year that you focus in on getting something special for all the important people in your life. You put time and thought into finding that perfect gift that will make them feel loved.
But what about you?
With all that you do for others, it’s time to do something just for you.
How about the gift of a totally reshaped body in 2018? You and I both know that you deserve it. It’s your time…embrace it.
Let me be the one to make it happen. Call or email now and we’ll get started.
Meaty Comfort Chili
Cold days call for warm, hearty comfort food and, today I have the perfect recipe for you. This Meaty Comfort Chili has all of the warmth, flavor and comfort that you could ask for in a healthy dinner. This recipe tastes even better the next day!
Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com
Here’s what you need
- 6 oz. hot turkey Italian sausage, loose
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped and seeded
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar OR honey
- 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
- 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 ¼ cups Merlot or other fruity red wine
- 1 (28oz) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
- 2 (15oz) cans no-salt-added kidney beans, drained
- Sour cream (optional garnish)
- Shredded cheese (optional garnish)
- Green onion (optional garnish)
- Diced tomatoes (optional garnish)
- Heat a large heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, onion, bell pepper, garlic, ground beef and jalapeno to pan; cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.
- Add chili powder, coconut sugar, cumin, tomato paste, oregano, black pepper, salt and bay leaves and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle each serving with the garnishes.
One serving equals: 284 calories, 1g fat, 79mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate, 12g fiber, and 16g protein
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|Mel Parker Jr.Perfect 4 You Fitness
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