Thursday, November 17, 2011

Holiday Planning!

As the holidays approach quickly there are many obstacles that we have to tackle everyday which can effect our daily health routine that we have worked so hard at maintaining all year. Our first obstacle is coming up next week, Thanksgiving. The first part of your game plan is “prepare”! Prepare for the food binge the day of, prepare for the emotional eating that family can push you into and Prepare for the next month of holiday parties!
So what is your game plan? How are you going to get thru the next holiday season without putting on the average 10 lb. that most Americans do during this time.Have a PLAN!!! So sit down and plan what you are going to do for the next week before turkey day. For example, you will need to add in 2 extra workouts. You should cut out on all starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice, etc. and load up on veggies. You should offer to make a clean healthy side dish. Drink plenty of water to curb your appetite. And limit yourself to one alcoholic drink that is a “clear liquor”  and add club soda. Plan before you go what you will be putting on your plate. Like half the plate is veggies or salad. then followed by 3 oz ( deck of cards) of protein. You may even have a small ice cream scoop of stuffing.  In addition, remember it is alway healthier to go for a walk than to have an argument with that family member. 
Now many of these plan ideas can apply to the rest of your holiday season. What about that office party? Well, here are a few things that I have learned from the past.  People always want others to be enjoying themselves and a sign of that is the other person has something in their hand. Such as a full plate of food or a drink. So to play the healthy illusion magic trick. Have a full plate of healthy items on it, if there are not any good choices, then put the bad stuff on the plate walk around and talk with it in your hand then when the evening is over throw it away.... NOT EAT IT!!!  Same goes for the full glass trick...nobody knows what is in the glass but you. So put soda water or something with color in it but no sugar. This will make the host/hostess fill like you are not missing out or that they are not having a great holiday party.
So enjoy your holidays with your family and friends but have a game plan and “prepare”!

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