‘Tis the season for family, festivity, and food…lots of food

Ok, things might look a little different this year for festivity and family gathers. One thing
might not change is the food. We all have those holiday favorites that we make
between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Everyone should enjoy those favorites in
moderation and here are some tips to help us stay on track for the holiday season.

  • If you have a sweet treat, cut back on other carbs (like potatoes and bread)
    during the meal.
  • If you plan to eat later than normal, eat a small snack to control your blood sugar.
  • Don’t skip meals to save up for a feast. It will be harder to manage your blood
    sugar, and you’ll be really hungry and more likely to overeat.
  • Start with veggies!
  • Eat slowly. It takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full.
  • Hydrate, hydrate and make sure you hydrate!

No food is on naughty list, it’s more about the amount we eat that puts it on the naughty
list. Be selective on what you pick and watch how much you eat of it. Slow down and
savory those favorite dishes.

Get creative on the appetizers and make a custom charcuterie board. Don’t know where to start, here are a few items to get it going. Meat, cheese, crackers apples, mix of berries, veggies, pretzel sticks, nuts, heathy dips, and a few surprises.

Here is the secret weapon for enjoying those holiday favorites…….Being active is your secret holiday
weapon; it can help make up for eating more than usual and reduce stress during this most stressful time of year.
The last appointment you should cancel during this time is the one you set for yourself. Get your workout in early
before the day gets crazy or plan a family walk after your big meal before you pull out the dessert and set in for an
extra drink.

In the end it’s not about the food, it’s about the loved ones we get to celebrate with during this holiday season.

-Erica Erickson, Group Fitness Coach

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