Eating Healthy for the Holidays

Now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, many people think the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the time period in which we are supposed to “eat, drink and be merry!”

Well, I don’t drink, I do eat, and I like to think of “being merry” as an everyday pursuit.

One woman’s opinion.

However, overeating and over-indulging are very much a part of the “Holiday Season.”

No, I am not the bearer of bad news, nor a party pooper, or the Grinch who is trying to steal Christmas.

Like my metaphors?

Thanksgiving is famous for turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. So, now is the perfect time to start discussing the idea of portion control.

I remember growing up and having family members come over for a big turkey dinner with all the fixings’. I also remember, after the meal was over, watching my father sit in his reclining chair, loosen his belt, and take a nap while watching a football game.

Although my father has never had a problem with his weight, his behavior wasn’t out of the ordinary. As most people know, the six week period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, is a time of weight gain for many people. And unfortunately, the weight gain, averaging about 1.4lbs or more, typically is not lost during the year. Think about it, if you’re 20, and gain 1.4lbs each year during the holidays, when you’re 40, you’ve put on 28lbs, just from overeating during the holidays. What about the rest of the year?

Holiday Weight Gain Slight, But May Last A Lifetime

Now, having said that, how would “portion control” relate to Thanksgiving?

Simply put, portion control gives you the knowledge and ability to eat what you want, but in the right portions. A portion is the amount of food you choose to eat, where as, a serving is the recommended amount of food you eat. So, to be successful with portion control, your serving size should match your portion.

As you learn more of these simple, yet effective techniques, this will hopefully, become easier and easier to implement.

As we at both Iowa Avenue and Weight1Minute constantly stress—and cannot do it enough times—that many people think that when you’re trying to lose weight, you need to deprive yourself of food. This is simply not true, and portion control is one of the main reasons that it is a falsehood.

If you don’t gain weight during this end of year time, and implement better eating, nutrition, and exercise into your daily life, perhaps your New Year’s Resolution might include your objective and desire to run a Marathon!

Or something like that…………..Think big. Think smart. Let’s face it, no matter how much you want things to be, they will only be the way they are. You hold your own fate in your collective hands.

Let the other “Uncle” or “Aunt” be the one in the E-Z Lounger having to unbuckle their belts, take out their shirts, and fall asleep while watching TV!

Remember, it’s all about a healthy lifestyle!

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