Thursday, May 20, 2010

An ounce of prevention...

With Memorial Day coming up and knowing that many of you are very weight conscious especially at this time of year when the sun is out and you are beach, river or pool bound, I thought it was a great time to share this article from Dr. Ellan Duke.

Tips for a Healthy Holiday

Ahhhhhhh... a holiday. Time for some rest and relaxation. Time to unwind. Time to get away from it all, at least for a little while. Quality time with your significant other, family and/or friends. Time to pack on the pounds? Not necessarily!

Want to do it differently this year? Time away from your daily routine doesn't have to mean automatic weight gain. Too many of us justify poor eating choices and food/drink excesses with the all too common, "But I'm on holiday!"

There are many healthy options to choose from wherever you go - you just need to be mindful of them. Here are a few suggestions:

  • If there's a buffet, don't make a repeat trip. Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables and then add other choices. Beware those cream sauces - try to keep it light!

  • You're not in your childhood home... you don't have to eat everything to get some dessert. Eat slowly and remember that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal from your stomach that it's full. If you eat until you feel full, you've eaten too much.

  • Sipping umbrella drinks on the beach or by the pool is certainly tempting, but alcohol contains a lot of sugary calories. Beer and wine have lower calorie counts and are better choices, in moderation.

  • Why are desserts always so plentiful? Make them a special once-in-awhile treat, choose fruit, or split it with someone.

  • Find out if the hotel has an exercise room. Cruise ships tend to have fantastic exercise facilities. Be sure to pack some shoes to exercise in. Take long walks and take in the local scenery.

  • Don't be afraid to ask for menu substitutions. Substitute steamed veggies for french fries or mashed potatoes. Avoid fried foods the best you can.

  • Bring along some high-fiber snacks. Nuts, granola, and multi-grain crackers are good snack choices and they don't need to be kept cold.

  • Ask for low-calorie/low fat menu choices. Ask about local restaurants that feature healthy food choices.

  • Drink plenty of water (bottled, depending on where you go). Have it served with lemon or a "splash" of cranberry juice for some refreshing flavor.

  • Consider half-portions if they're available on the menu. If not, decide to eat only half of whatever is put before you and take the rest with you.
A new, relaxing environment can be a time when you try different foods and rest. But if you follow some of these suggestions, you can maintain your "before" weight and save yourself a "post-holiday" diet!

Now, if you're not quite ready for your bathing suit, I can help you lose up to 10 lbs by Memorial Day! You can always pack some Trimbolic or Gone for Good in your bag too!

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