Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Start your  day with a brisk morning walk -- a great way to begin any day. I'm not alone in offering this advice: 

Susan Finn, PhD, RD, chair of the American Council on Fitness and Nutrition: "Take a walk early in the day and then again after dinner. It is a wonderful way for families to get physical activity and enjoy the holiday together."

When eating that  big holiday meal
 eat slowly, savor every bite! Put down your fork between bites, and really enjoy the flavor.  And don't worry about saying 'No,thanks" when someone offers you a particular part of the meal that may be a "pound packer" for you -- a simple friendly "Wow -- not right now -- I'll get to it" will suffice.

Going to a big holiday dinner?

HAVE A BITE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE -- yes, it will spoil your appetite!
Eating a nutritious meal with protein and fiber before you arrive for a holiday feast takes the edge off your appetite, and prevents you from over-eating!  Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or bringing a few dishes to share, make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories. After all, there is  more fat and sugar in most Holiday recipes than is really needed.  You can revise those recipes and no one will notice that they are healthy versions of family favorites. 
You can stick to your fitness plan without being a stick  in the mud.  Of course, the most important things is being thankful.  Gratitude is good for your human fitness.
Remember, I'm YOUR fitness consultant and personal trainer. If you need help getting back in shape after the holidays, I'm here, and I do have room for new clients. :-)

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