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Self Sabotage over the Holidays

With the Holiday season just around the corner, the time to prepare yourself is now. Make 2015 a year of celebration, instead of looking at the past year as a year of guilt and regret, make it your personal goal to feel the opposite, and you will need to do this through this holiday season with intentional decision making in your eating habits and your exercise regimen

The holidays are a time for spending with friends and family and attending parties. These events while fun almost always result in eating too much food and drinking alcohol. But don’t resign yourself to a baggy wardrobe all winter long and wait until January 1 to worry about the extra 10-15 pounds you put on over the holidays.

If you are heading to a party, nine times out of ten you are going to be surrounded by a lot of food. And the food that will be served and available to you will not be healthy or low in calories…

Appetizers are the worst for sabotaging your diet at parties because they’re usually high in calories, drizzled in some kind of sauce, and so small that you can mindlessly pack away a half dozen before you’ve even said hello to the hosts.

Stay away from the starchy stuff and load up your plate with veggies—they’ll help keep your calories down and keep you full. “Many of these parties are held late at night, and you don’t want to load up on carbohydrates then, anyway.

Choose foods that are higher in protein.  I suggest noshing on lettuce wraps, turkey slices, or other meat appetizers because they’ll keep you full and take longer to digest than muffins and breads.

I would recommend if you are going to indulge in alcohol, don’t indulge in food, or if you’re going to indulge in food, don’t indulge in alcohol. Choose one or the other.

The whole point of a party is to catch up with people, so spend more time chatting and less time eating.  Maybe even grab a bite to eat before you head to the party, that way you spend the majority of the time socializing instead of eating.

Enjoy your holiday season by not feeling consumed with dieting or depriving yourself, and instead focus on making healthy decisions, which will affect how you feel about yourself in the future. So start now, and be intentional.  Have a safe and happy holiday season.

For additional Information please contact Brenda Bark at Focus on Fitness at 480-699-3162 you may also go to www.myfocusonfitness.com

Holiday Weight Gain Starts with Halloween..

It has been said that most people put most of the emphasis of gaining weight on  Thanksgiving and Christmas along with New Year’s, but the weight gain actually begins a few days before and the day of Halloween.  Just as all the little ghouls and goblins come out, so does the sweets.

We can all be a little devilish and be tempted to over indulge in the chocolate and our favorite candies along with the kids. However, we do not need to be lead into poor food choices and then into the holiday lifestyle that is going to follow. The holidays should not be an excuse to eat bad.  You need to remember Halloween is just one day, and the eating behavior should last one day as well.  Here are a few tricks to help you overcome this challenge:

  1.  Don’t buy mixed bags of candy, this can tempt you to try it all.  Stick to one type of candy, and make sure it is one you do not particularly care for.
  2. Put a lid on it.  Put it in a Tupperware container, and put away in a cabinet, where you don’t see it, out of sight out of mind.
  3.   Shop last minute, try not to buy candy too far in advance for the big day.
  4.   While giving out candy, try having some healthy treats prepared in advance for yourself, for instance there are plenty of good skinny girl recipes for cookies, brownies, ect.
  5. Donate leftover candy.  There are plenty of organizations out there that you would be able to donate leftover candy to or even your local church.

Try eating a little healthier and exercising a little more if you do not already do so, before the holiday, and the morning after make sure you have a good nutritious breakfast, and get back onto your exercise regimen, and burn any excess calories you consumed the night before.  Have a fun and safe Halloween.


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