November marks the beginning of the season of most American's Holiday bulge; most of you will gain between 5-10 pounds in two months. That's a lot of unhealthy over eating and drinking. Think about how you feel when you over indulge day after day for months. Sluggish, tired, lack of energy, plus your clothes will not fit. Not to mention the January blues of taking it all off, which will take many months.
Get a plan to prevent the holiday bulge:
1.Think local: Texas ruby red grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges, greens - kale, collards, lettuces, etc. Gulf seafood broiled, steamed or baked. Yes we have lots of BBQ and Mexican foods so those are in plan 3.
2. Get a modified exercise plan so you at least get half or more of your regular exercise. Some exercise is better than no exercise. Maybe you can exercise in shorter time periods throughout the day.
3. If you plan to overindulge on the Holiday specials, start with half your normal serving size, eat slower, have lots of water or non-calorie beverages. You may surprise yourself and be satisfied. When the food stops tasting TERRIFIC- STOP eating it. There is always more later.
4. As always:
a. Don't' go to the party or event hungry (there may be few healthy options)
b. Avoid standing while you are eating and drinking and do NOT stand by the food tables, move away.
c. Alternate your food with non-calorie beverages between each bite.
d. Why are you at the event? To socialize, so make that your priority over food and high calorie beverages, enjoy your friends and family.