November 2005 Newsletter
Dear Fellow Business
The holiday season is in full swing, with parties, buffets, and
fruitcakes galore. The average American gains eight pounds during the
holiday season! This month's article is filled tips to help you beat
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Our Healthy Holiday tips focus on several different areas: goal
setting, cooking healthy at home, surviving parties and dining out, and
finding creative ways to stay fit during this busy season.
The holidays are a busy time. Set a realistic goal to maintain your
fitness level and weight, rather than trying to improve upon it during
this hectic time of year.
Stress can easily lead to overeating and cause you to skip workouts.
Keep your stress level low by declining activities and events that make
your blood pressure go up. If you’re hosting an event, take short cuts
like using healthy prepared foods and serving with paper plates and
Remember to make time for yourself. Take a brisk walk alone or retreat
to a secluded corner of the house with a good book and cup of tea.
| Cooking and Eating
Look for ways to make high-calorie dishes healthier by improvising and
modifying the recipe. My husband came up with a great alternative to
the traditional green bean casserole with mushroom soup: green beans
mixed with a little olive oil, almonds, French fried onions, salt,
pepper, and crushed red pepper.
Replace traditional recipes with lighter versions and fare. We like Food
Network's Healthy Recipes.
If you simply must bake goodies, keep a small quantity for your family,
but package the rest up and give them to neighbors, the mail carrier,
or take them to your local police or fire and rescue station.
If you receive food gifts, don't open them. Take them into the office
and leave them for your co-workers.
Keep to your regular eating schedule and healthy meals when eating at
home. Skipping meals in an effort to "save" calories for the big party
will slow your metabolism and make you more likely to binge at the main
and Dining Out
If you’re attending a family dinner or pot-luck event, bring a health,
low-calorie dish. At least you’ll know that there will be one item
there that you can eat without guilt!
If you’re hosting a dinner or if you can find a willing friend or
relative, simply cut down the number of foods and quantity that you
serve. My family eliminated rolls and yams from our family feast last
year, and cut back to a single pie.
Eat a healthy and balanced low-calorie meal before departing for
parties. You'll be less likely to binge on high-fat, sugar-laden foods
if you have a full stomach.
Take a small salad plate or bread plate through the buffet line, rather
than a dinner plate.
Move away from the food table at parties serving hors d'oeuvres!
Try diet tonic, seltzer water, or ginger ale with a splash of fruit
juice as a festive alternative to alcohol. You'll save countless
calories and won't have to worry about drinking and driving.
Arrive on time at parties and gracefully exit early, so that you feel
fresh the next day and can maintain your regular workout schedule.
Remember not to deprive yourself of all the goodies. Complete
self-deprivation often leads to binging.
Look for ways to combine family activities with fitness:
with family over the holidays makes it especially challenging
to find time (and equipment) for exercise and eating healthy. Plan
ahead and be creative.
- Bundle everyone up for a walk
after dinner to look at the neighborhood holiday lights and decorations.
- Insist on visiting the
department store at the far
end of the mall.
- If you live within walking
distance of a nice
café or restaurant, walk to lunch or dinner. If not everyone
wants to walk, let someone drive and meet you there.
- Take the kids ice-skating or
roller-skating and lace
- Park at the farthest corner of
the lot at the mall.
- Schedule a family tennis,
basketball, or badminton
- Build a snowman or go
- Take everyone for nine holes of
golf at a par three
- Do two laps around the mall
- Check online for nearby fitness
centers. Most usually
have a nominal
fee for a day pass. Try http://www.healthclubs.com/.
- Plot out a walking or running
route. Check out
http://www.runtheplanet.com/ for routes in cities throughout the US.
Didn’t find anything nearby? Then plot your own route and submit it to
- Bring exercise bands and an
“in-room” workout program
such as the
Travel Fit Kit.
- Plan on early morning exercise,
expects to see you at
the breakfast table.