Holiday Survival Tips-Part 1

Can you believe the holiday season is already here?  It seems like just yesterday we were toasting champagne and talking about the year to come.  Well we blinked and it’s already here.  This is the time most of our healthy lifestyles take a step backward.  The endless parties, family gatherings and don’t forget those delicious leftovers (you know you love them)! According to a recent Weight Watchers report, the average American gains around 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.  We want to help you be better than just average, because we believe in you. First, as with any battle (and this is a battle with yourself) you must plan.  So for the next few weeks we are going to help guide you through this minefield of calories. You must have a plan! Always assume there are going to be bad choices and be prepared to work around them. Try bringing a healthy option to the party (we are known for our salads). This way you know you have a least one healthy choice.  A big part of the plan is never go to the party hungry.  Eat something light ahead of time so you can make choices with your head and not your stomach.  Another good calorie saver is to drink one water to every adult beverage you have.  This will help you keep from drinking all of your calories (not to mention staying hydrated to avoid a headache!) So in conclusion PLAN, PLAN, PLAN.

Cooking tip.

Put your gravy in the refrigerator and let it harden, then skim off the top layer of fat then reheat. This one tip can save you up to 56 grams of fat per cup. (Of course no gravy at all is the best option, but hey, it IS Thanksgiving!)

Yours in health,

Colleen Riddle

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