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Holiday Eating Tips

December 9, 2013
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It’s that time of the year again and the holiday decorations are going up. You are probably finalizing holiday plans and concentrating on shopping. It’s been a little over a week since Thanksgiving and you’re back to healthy eating, right? Remember that the holidays are just that, days. Holiday eating should be limited to a few days, not an entire season starting with Thanksgiving and ending mid January. Some or all of the progress you have made can be wiped out with 5-6 weeks of poor food choices.

So what can you do to limit the damage? Try keeping these in mind:

  • Enjoying yourself doesn’t mean you have to overeat.
  • Schedule longer/harder workouts to coincide with holiday parties.
  • Try eating a low glycemic snack before you go to a party (like a low carb protein shake). You will be less likely to overeat.
  • Stock up on high protein/low carb breakfast items such as egg whites, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, breakfast ham, etc. so you can get right back to healthy eating the morning after each party or event.

The longer you eat poorly, the harder it is to break the cycle. Bad eating, especially eating carbs, produces high insulin levels. Remember, insulin stores fat and blocks fat release. But it doesn’t take much to stop the high insulin levels. A high protein, low carb breakfast can leave you satisfied for 3-4 hours and break the cycle.

We all know it’s much easier to put the weight on than to lose it. It’s also hard to exercise enough to make up for a lot of poor eating. I’ll say it again, make the holidays a few days, not a season!

Peter Hellberg, MS, CSCS, CISSN
Exercise/Nutrition Counselor
Cenegenics Philadelphia

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