HOLIDAY SURVIVAL GUIDE
Holiday lights and displays are up at all our local retailers. More neighbors will be putting up holiday displays as the warmer weather days begin to separate further apart from each other. Recipes, parties, and cookies become all the talk at the water cooler. The question every reader needs to ask themselves, “Am I really ready for all of this?”
•Eat breakfast. Studies show those who eat breakfast, compared to those who don’t, lose 27% more fat just by eating breakfast.
•Exercise. Make appointments on the calendar, in the blackberry, or on the iPhone at least 3 times each week. These appointments should be treated as a top priority. Do not reschedule any of these 3 workouts. There are four other days of the week to allow more flexibility. Thanksgiving Day is the greatest day of the year to exercise. Do NOT skip your workout today. Run a 5k or take a class at a local Ellipse Fitness!
•Snack. Saving your appetite and calories intake for that one large meal only leads to a painful, bloated trip to the couch or worse! Eat two small meals/snacks throughout the day. Suggestions: veggies and Greek yogurt with Fiesta Ranch seasoning mix; havarti cheese and woven, wheat crackers; protein shake and pretzels; a piece of fruit and almonds.
•Choose wisely. Make appropriate meal selections. Turkey, sweet potatoes (skip the marshmallow and brown sugar-they are sweet all by themselves. HINT: cinnamon with a little butter), and a veggie. Ask yourself: Do I really want _______ (i.e. crescent rolls, green bean casserole, etc.)? Is it worth it?
•Eat dessert. That’s right. Not “just a little piece” or the infamous “bite of his” either. Eat a full serving of dessert. Do not eat a whole pie, but indulge in a piece of the very best available. If your grandma makes the greatest apple pie in the whole world, we suggest savoring every piece of that apple pie. Skip the so-so cookies bought at the store because everyone ‘had to bring something.’ Those end-of-the-aisle sales are not special order for a reason. There is nothing special about it. Do it right or don’t do it.
Here are two recipes that are great for everyone’s holiday table that anyone can make, especially kids!
Fiesta Ranch Dip
2 c plain 0% Greek yogurt (or 1 ¾ c of cottage cheese + ¼ c of water-pureed)
1 package Fiesta Ranch salad dressing mix
Serve with raw veggies like broccoli, asparagus, celery, cauliflower, and cucumbers
Sweet Potato Crunch
Cut, boil, and mash 4-6 sweet potatoes. Place potatoes in a casserole dish.
Melt 4-6 tablespoons of real butter and stir in 2 tablespoons of cinnamon (apple pie spice and pumpkin spice makes for a nice twist as well) to coat 3 cups of plain corn flakes.
Top mashed sweet potatoes with corn flakes and bake for an additional 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Tips for good health and nutrition need to become part of your holiday schedule. Time is one commodity where everyone holds equal shares. To suggest that one is too busy to plan is, at best, an easy excuse to use this time of year.
The ability to properly handle excuses is one of the talents Ellipse Fitness Coaches excel at combating. It is our pleasure to provide you with the tools you need to leave more time for you to shop your local retailers, decorate your homes, spend more time with your family, and succeed at the daunting task of ‘Holiday Hold ‘em.’ Contact us to set up your personal coaching program today.