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Ignorance Isn’t Bliss


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Remember when you were younger and didn’t have to worry about what you ate or how much you exercised? For many of us, those days are over. Here are a few holiday cheat sheets to help you balance fitness with holiday eating.

What Can I Do with Holiday Leftovers?

Sandwiches are a great lunch to take to work when you follow the American Dietetic Associations’ guidelines. Start with a 100% whole grain bread, roll, or pita. Choose 2-3 ounces of lean protein like leftover turkey! Add one slice of low-fat cheese for calcium and pile on the veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, peppers, etc. Use a spread that adds flavor, but not fat and calories, such as mustard and low-fat dressings.

It Has How Many Calories?

  • Eggnog, 1 cup serving, 342 calories 18 grams of fat
  • Cranberry sauce, 1 slice, 1/2-inch thick, 86 calories 0 fat
  • Stuffing, 1/2 cup, 178 calories 8.6 fat
  • Dark meat turkey, no skin, 3.5 oz., 187 calories 7.2 fat
  • Gravy, 1/4 cup, 30 calories 2 fat
  • Homemade pumpkin pie, 1/8 of a 9-inch pie, 316 calories 14 fat
  • Homemade pecan pie, 1/8 of 9-inch pie, 502 calories 27 fat
  • Brussels sprouts, plain with salt, 1/2 cup serving, 31 calories 0 fat
  • Carrots, plain with salt, 1/2 cup serving, 26 calories 0 fat

How Can I Burn Those Calories?

  • Stationary bike (at a moderate level): 504 calories/hour
  • Elliptical trainer (general): 648 calories/hour
  • Stairmaster: 432 calories/hour
  • Running (11.5 min/mile): 648 calories/hour
  • Walking (17 min/mile): 288 calories/hour
  • Housework (moderate): 117 calories/hour
  • Chopping wood: 430 calories/hour
  • Raking leaves: 285 calories/hour
  • Sleeping: 55 calories/hour (440 calories/8 hours)
  • Martial arts (intense): 650 calories/hour!

How Can I Fit Exercise into My Holiday Schedule?

  • Maximize your time. Use your lunch break to walk to a nearby shopping center to do holiday errands.
  • Shoveling snow or chopping wood is a great workout. You’ll burn several hundred calories doing either task. Just make sure to protect your back.
  • Offer to help rearrange the furniture for a party.
  • Park at the far end of the parking lot (like you have a choice).
  • Keep an exercise journal. This can help you stay motivated by making daily exercise goals for yourself and keeping track of what you have accomplished.
  • Use stairs instead of elevators or escalators.
  • Walk or ride a bike for short trips.
  • Have a skating party instead of a stand-around-the-buffet party (or walk around the neighborhood and look at lights).
  • Use your phone time for stretching.
  • If you take the bus to work, get off one stop early.
  • Plan on shorter workouts, but more often so they will fit into the time you have.
  • Flex and relax muscles while standing in long lines.

Get out and move around. Take a walk with your favorite cousin and catch up with each other. Set out a veggie tray before meals to take the edge off of hunger pains. Above all, set realistic goals. Maintaining weight during the holidays can be difficult, but remember this is a time to enjoy being with family and friends. That doesn’t mean you have to eat everything in sight or be a couch potato. Just remember, like credit card bills, extra weight or unused muscles will come back to haunt you in January.

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