Archive for the ‘Holiday Eating’ Category

An Easter goody

March 30, 2010

Just in time for Easter, there’s more good news about eating chocolate.  All I can say is…bring it on Easter Bunny!

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Jesus Christ, Super Sized

March 23, 2010

If there was any doubt serving portions have gotten larger, here’s some food for thought.   A Cornell University researcher analyzed dozens of famous painting of the Last Supper (yes, that one) and found food portions have grown larger in more recent ones.  Just how much larger? 

Over time, the size of the main dish has grown 69 percent, the size of the plate 66 percent, and bread portions23 percent in the images.  The study is published in April’s International Journal of Obesity.

While I don’t think the study holds much weight and is timed to conveniently coincide with Holy Thursday, it’s definitely something to think about when you sit down to Easter dinner next weekend.

Calling Foul on Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

February 5, 2010

This being the Friday before the Super Bowl, you’re going to see a lot of space devoted to healthy recipes for Sunday’s big game.  Not here.  Here’s why.

While I don’t think you should totally pig out on Sunday, I don’t see anything wrong with indulging with some pizza, nachos or beer.  The key, is to do so in moderation.  I know, this sounds a whole lot easier than it is to do, but with a gameplan, it’s an attainable goal. 

Here’s what I do…

Insane (but creative) Super Bowl snack

Eat a snack or small meal before the actual party itself.  The less hungry you are, the less likely you’ll grab and eat whatever’s been laid out.

Don’t stand/sit in front of the food.  I’ve heard this over and over again, but I finally put it to practice last weekend and you know what, it worked.  It’s that whole “out of sight, out of mind” thing.

If you do visit the snack table treat yourself.  Pick the foods you really like, but don’t usually eat because they’re “unhealthy”.  Just remember to not finish off the platter.

When it comes to drinking, just remember to alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass a water.

Go to the gym before the festivities.  Do this not to offset the calories you think you’ll eat, but as a way to remind yourself later not to over do it.  Thinking about all that huffing and puffing you did to burn 100 calories does wonders when it comes to reaching for thirds.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY…

Don’t worry if you do overdo it.  It’s all those days of doing the right things that matter, not the one day that you fall off track.  Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back to doing what makes you feel healthy on Monday.

It’s all about the family, not the food

December 29, 2009

This time of year, a lot of space is dedicated to how you should eat during the holidays.  (This blog is guilty of that.)  But a lot of us (myself included) sometimes forget that there are one or two people at our holiday table for whom the act of eating together is torturous.  It takes a lot of discipline to not say or do the wrong thing to these people, but we should try.  It DOES make a difference.  Here’s an example of how.

100 in Less than 30

December 17, 2009

It’s the holiday season and in between all those parties, shopping, baking, gift wrapping and decorating, you really don’t have the time to squeeze in a formal workout.  So here’s a list of things you can do to burn 100 calories in half an hour or less.

A clock scale -- you can use the hammer to motivate yourself to workout

  • Jump on a stationary bike and ride it at a pace of 20 MPH for 4 minutes, 52 seconds.
  • Walk uphill at an incline of 10 at 3 miles an hour.  You’ll burn about 100 calories in 10 minutes.
  • Swim for 15 minutes…doesn’t matter how fast or which stroke, you’ll still burn about 100 calories.
  • Use a stationary rower for 11 minutes.
  • If you’re a runner, run a five minute mile, you’ll hit 100 at 4:30.

And some of my favorite, non traditional ways…

  • Chop wood continuously for 4 minutes, 22 seconds.
  • Go two rounds with Mike Tyson. (don’t worry if you can’t make it that long, lying unconscious for an hour will also burn the same amount.)
  • Get stuck in traffic for almost an hour.
  • Walk back and forth to the copier for 26 minutes.
  • Jump up and down on the bed 1,336 times.
  • Spend half an hour putting up the Christmas lights outside the house.

Keep in mind that this is for a 150 pound person.  If you weigh more, you’ll burn more, if you weigh less, you’ll burn less.

Eating in the Friendly Skies

December 10, 2009

If your holiday travel plans include any kind of flying, then you’ll want to check out Diet Detective.com’s Annual Airline Snacking and Onboard Food Survey.  (It’s more than peanuts and pretzels!)

In a nutshell…Continental Airlines (one of the only U-S carriers to still offer free food) flies high at the number one spot.  American Airlines wins most improved and US Airways crash lands in last place. 

For more details about the kind of food offered, calorie info and even how much exercise you’d need to do to work off that mid air snack, click through the link above.

Holiday Eating Part 2

December 9, 2009

Ok, so last week I posted some useful tips for eating during the holidays.  I’ve been searching the web for more helpful information, but instead what I have for you today is some of the wackier eating tips . 

Wear snug clothes and keep one hand busy. (um, ok)  When you wear snug-fitting attire, chances are you’ll be too busy holding in your stomach to overeat. While you stand around looking posh in your holiday finery, hold a drink in your dominant hand so it won’t be so easy to grab food.  (And what should you do with the other hand?)

Become a vegan. This is really the best solution to the problem of holiday overeating. You know that word, wassail? I read it comes from a Saxon phrase, wes hal, which means good health, or be whole. (no comment)

When you’re invited to a party, offer to bring a healthy food dish.  (what a way to spoil the holiday mood!)

Ok, so I’m not saying you should overindulge just because it’s the holidays.  No one wants to be a fat Santa.  What I am saying is that your goal between now and January 2nd shouldn’t be losing weight.  Instead, focus on not gaining weight.  (there is a difference)  Switching your thinking may mean a happy, healthier and less food-guilt ridden holiday.

How NOT to look like S. Claus

December 2, 2009

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us (and on our hips and thighs)  it’s time to talk strategy for the rest of the holiday eating season.  Did you know you the average person packs on about 5 extra pounds between now and New Year’s? 

It’s not hard to see why…holiday cookies, candies, egg nog, a holiday cocktail party (or two) every weekend…the eating is endless!  Now I’m not saying you should deny yourself these treats, but remember they are that…treats…to be enjoyed in moderation.  But if you need some hard/fast rules to nosh by here are a few tips:

  • Exercise the day of the party so you’ll be more focused when faced with tempting foods.
  • Have a small, nutritious snack before you go.
  • Fill up on zero- or low-calorie beverages.
  • Drink a glass of water between every alcoholic beverage.
  • Don’t stand near the food table. — I LOVE THIS IDEA! So simple, yet effective!