Thursday, December 18, 2008

Healthy and Happy Holidays: How to have your cake and eat it too!

This is going to be a series of posts on Healthy Holiday Eating... so keep checking in!

Where do you spend your Holidays? Do you cook the main meals or do you visit family and friends? How can you make some minor adjustments at and around meal times to avoid feeling like you overdid it this year?

Over 2/3 of Americans are currently overweight or obese. Of course there are numerous reasons for this epidemic, and our "national gluttony" over the Holidays plays a large part. This overwhelming, over-consumption also taxes our immune system and makes us more prone to winter colds and flu.

But don’t worry, I am not the Grinch or a Scrooge trying to take the fun out of your Holidays. There are many ways to get through the rest of this month-plus binge without gaining weight and getting sick. And the good news is that you can still enjoy your Holidays as much, if not more than you always have.

Motivating facts:

- The average person puts on 5-7 pounds during the Holiday season.

- During a typical Thanksgiving feast, the average person eats 7000+ calories.

- You can approach Holiday eating differently this year.

Check in tomorrow for helpful tips.


Javier said...

Gimme more! I dont want to put on another 5-7 lbs ( I already did ;)

Very timely post!

Jamie said...

I saw a segment on healthy holiday party tips on some morning news show this morning. They said to drink as much soda as you want because the carbonation will fill you up and hold a purse in the other hand so you won't snack on appetizers as much. The purse thing may be a decent psychological trick, but the soda part was absurd.

I'm not sure how that guy got on TV, but I think you need to push him out and take over his spot. :-)