Holiday Eating -Now What?

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Holiday Eating – Now What?

 

I will be writing some articles on how to keep your weight in control over the Holidays. Holiday eating is a killer.  Halloween through New Years can be a killer for your new found health. In a study, the researchers found that half of annual weight gain in the U.S. occurs during the holiday period. You have worked hard all year don’t let it go to waste in the last few months of the year.  Recipes, health tips, easy exercise will be included.

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Avoiding holiday weight gain may sound as feasible as Santa fitting down billions of chimneys on Christmas Eve, but we promise there are logical strategies to stay on track. Many of us experience weight gain during the festive winter months, but packing on a few pounds in December is far from inevitable . Don’t get us wrong—the holiday season is all about celebrating, having fun, and indulging. So pass the eggnog and yule log (in moderation) and let’s tackle how to navigate holiday party food spreads, hectic schedules, and sidelined gym routines—without turning into Mr. Scrooge.

How to prevent holiday weight gain

Now that we’ve established how important it is to avoid weight gain during the holidays, let’s look at some strategies for keeping it off. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to diet and nutrition. The recommendations I’m making here are not for normal weight, healthy individuals. They are for people that are already overweight and/or have a tendency to gain weight easily. In those cases, we might suspect that the homeostatic system that regulates weight is impaired in some way, and a specialized approach is required.

Some of these recommendations may surprise you if you believe that calories don’t matter and weight gain is not possible as long as you’re eating a nutrient-dense, low-carbohydrate diet. I used to think this was true myself, but after further research and more experience working with people, I now know that it is not. If you’re confused about this, please don’t get frustrated. We have all been there.

A food is rewarding when it makes us want to eat more of it. Palatable and reward usually travel together, but there are exceptions. For example, most people think steak tastes good, but it doesn’t tend to encourage eating beyond satiety.

Choosing foods that are lower on the reward value scale during the holidays is one way of spontaneously reducing your calorie intake. But what makes a food rewarding? There are several factors, including:

  • sugar, fat and salt content
  • calorie density
  • certain textures (fat that melts in mouth, crunchy, soft/easy to chew)
  • free glutamate
  • starch
  • certain aromas
  • variety of flavors, textures, foods
  • many other flavors can become rewarding when associated with above nutrients
Looking at that list, it’s not hard to see why holiday meals would promote overeating!
With that in mind, here are some tips for eating more simply during the holidays:
  1. Don’t add additional fat to your food. Skip the gravy and don’t put butter on your mashed potatoes (if you’re making them yourself, use less butter or cream in the first place). I personally add milk that is 1 or 2% and cream cheese that is 1/3 the calories.  It is still yummy but less calories over all.
  2. Reduce the variety of flavors, textures and foods you eat. Choose a main dish and one or two sides and stick with that.

Eat less

This one is easier said than done, right? The best way to accomplish this for most people is to focus on reducing the energy density of the food they consume. Energy density is defined as the number of calories in a given weight of food. A Paleo diet contains foods that are typically low on the energy density scale: animal protein, fruits, vegetables and tubers. A holiday feast contains foods that are typically high on the energy density scale: stuffing, bread, pie, cream, butter, gravy, etc.
Here are a few tips for reducing energy density:
  1. Add extra vegetables and starchy tubers (without added fat).
  2. Add extra protein to your meal.
  3. Chew your food thoroughly. This increases satiety.
  4. Cook a Paleo holiday meal and minimize energy dense foods typically associated with the holidays.

Move more

Exercise may not be a great strategy for weight loss, but it’s likely that physical inactivity helps prevent an increase in the body fat set point, and studies have consistently shown that exercise prevents weight gain and maintains leptin sensitivity in animals.
In the U.S., at least, holidays tend to be associated with a lot of TV watching, especially among sports fans. That means additional time sitting on your butt, which isn’t a particularly good way to burn calories.

So make sure to get plenty of exercise during the holidays. Take long walks after meals, add some extra workouts, stand whenever possible instead of sitting, and reduce your TV time.

 

I hope this will give you are start. Watch for more articles, tips recipes etc on this website or my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/fitatanyagewithdeb/

 

Please feel free to add in the comments and other tips you have come across that help you.

Your Partner in health,

 

Debi

 

Who Sabotages your Diet Plans – Part 2

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Who Sabotages your Diet Plans

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Please take time to read Part 1.  Important for your over all health.

There’s saboteur in every crowd— at the office, in your church group, among your closest friends and family. Sometimes they mean well, sometimes they seem a tad malicious, often they have no idea how they’re sabotaging you. But every time you take a step forward to gain dominion over food, they’re at your elbow– offering you a brownie, some chips, an extra heaping helping of pasta.

 

Experts sum it up in one word—Change. Getting fit through diet and exercise creates big changes in your life—changes you should welcome. But if your friends and family aren’t in the same mode of change, they can be oblivious, jealous, and uncomfortable with your changes. Perhaps:

  1. They feel guilty. You’re losing weight and getting in shape. They’re not. Tempting you to “fall off the fitness wagon” means you’re “normal” again, and they can feel good about the status quo.
  2. They don’t understand. They’ve never had a weight problem and just don’t realize how hard you’ve worked to get where you are. They think it’s “silly” for you to worry about what you eat.
  3. They miss the old you. That is, the cookies you brought to work, the after-work “happy hours” spent in the company of high-fat potato skins, the luscious desserts you used to indulge in. Maybe you’re spending more time in the gym and have less free time for them. Maybe they’re afraid to lose you.

Don’t overreact, but don’t give up either! Try these strategies to vanquish your perennial food foes:

 

Don’t assume the worst. Unless sabotage is blatantly deliberate, give saboteurs the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their motives. If your mother serves you lasagna—your favorite– perhaps it’s because she equates food with love, not that she wants you fat. At any rate, it doesn’t pay to get defensive.

Just say no. You wouldn’t expect to have a drink forced on you if you were a recovering alcoholic, and you shouldn’t have to submit to having fattening food foisted on you. Tell the food pusher, “No, thanks,” and leave it at that. You don’t owe an explanation. Nor do you need to feel guilty if you choose to avoid someone who’s not helpful to your cause.

Take it and leave it. Granted, the thought of wasted food is hard for many of us. You don’t have to be a member of the clean plate club. Remember, there are times when discretion is the better part of valor.

Look for patterns. Be on the lookout for situations that trigger your diet downfalls, perhaps with a food journal. It may help you recognize people and events that do you in, allowing you to develop strategies to deal with them. If you know, for example, that there are likely to be donuts by the office coffeemaker, it’ll be much easier to resist them if you have your own healthy but satisfying snack.

Set up your own support system. If you can recruit friends and family to your cause, you may be able to create a valuable support system. Numerous studies show that when your social network supports you, you reap positive results. If that’s not feasible, take a different approach: join a weight-loss group, (Team Beachbody)  or avoid friends (at least temporarily) who are a negative influence, maybe even make new friends who share your goals. You’ll get stronger with time, and be able to handle the not-so-supportive folks.

Ask for help. Keep in mind that your weight-loss needs are unique. Don’t expect loved ones to exercise telepathy to know what your needs are. Tell them! Be fair and reasonable, especially with those who share your home. They may be willing to make compromises, at least for shorter periods of time, about what foods are kept and cooked in the house.

Be a grownup. Remember that what you put in your mouth is your responsibility. While others may tempt you, ultimately you’re in charge of your own life. Look at difficult situations as opportunities to flex your newfound control muscles– and reinforce the idea that you’re not adopting a healthier lifestyle for someone else, but for you.

 

We all can make excuses for not keeping to our goal.

Here are a list of some of mine.  Do they sound like yours?

  1. Oops,  I ate that candy bar.. now the day is a waste.

2.  I am so busy to worry about what I am eating

3.  Cost to much to buy healthy food – Remember if you are cutting out the junk you can afford the healthy *

4.  Here is a big one – The Holidays..

5.  I not feeling well today

6. To stressed out

7. Exercise – I hate exercise

 

I have friends tell me all the time that they can’t afford it or they are just to busy to stay on a plan or  I will start again when I have more time or it is not so close to the holidays. REALLY people you can say this?

WHAT is your health worth to you?

Please feel free to share your ideas or excuses in the comment box. Would love to hear from you.  Want to use some of your thoughts in my next article.

 

21 day to habit..

Watch for Part 3

 

Your Partner in Health,

 

Debi

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Diabetes and Shakeology

Diabetes and Shakeology

 

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I have had so many people asking me about drinking Shakeology when they have diabetes.

Here are some facts that will help you understand what Shakeology my do for those of you that are suffering with diabetes.

YES it is good for diabetics. It’s low on the glycemic index. 1 serving of shakeology on it’s own (made with water and ice) has 17 grams of total carbs, 9 of which is sugar, which is LOW. A “serving” of carbohydrates is 15 grams. And in the world of tracking carbs you can deduct the fiber grams from the total grams of carbs. There are 3 grams of fiber in shakeology making it’s total carb count 14 grams.

Also being low on the glycemic index means that the carbs in it enter the blood stream at a slower rate than foods higher on the glycemic index. Which means your blood glucose levels to not rise sharply or high and instead it enters it slowly so you use it for energy and level your blood glucose.

Benefits of low glycemic index foods for everyone, not just diabetics:

Low GI diets help people lose and manage weight
Low GI diets increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin
Low GI carbs improve diabetes management
Low GI carbs reduce the risk of heart disease
Low GI carbs improve blood cholesterol levels
Low GI carbs can help you manage the symptoms of PCOS
Low GI carbs reduce hunger and keep you fuller for longer
Low GI carbs prolong physical endurance
High GI carbs help re-fuel carbohydrate stores after exercise

Any GI number under 55 is considered LOW. Shakeology at a GI rating of 24 is lower and “better” for a diabetic than an apple, which rates as a 40.

My friend Melissa has type 2 diabetic. She said since starting the Beachbody Insanity she was having sharp spikes and then lows. She dropped my morning meds and starting drinking shakeology for breakfast. The highs and lows are gone. 6 weeks later she hasn’t had a single low blood sugar episode nor any major highs!

“I used Shakeology for the past 3 months. With that and working out,  I have lost 32 pounds and now am currently off my Metformin. I monitored my blood sugar closely and the Shakeology never raised it any more than a normal meal would have. I used chocolate and mixed it with unsweetened almond milk (which is low in calories and sugar) That way I felt like I was cheating, like drinking a candy bar but in reality it was good for me and kept me full and gave me energy.”

Katie says. “I am a Type 1 Diabetic & have been using Shakeology for 3 months. It has been amazing for me, weight loss (32 lbs so far), much better blood sugars & 60 % less insulin needed. Type 1’s will never be able to drop all meds (until there is a cure), as our pancreas does not produce insulin. I drink my ShakeO for breakfast so, it helps keep my sugars stable throughout the day. When I run out it is VERY noticeable!”

 

Since needs vary for each person with diabetes, it is recommended to check with your doctor first. However, since Shakeology is a low-caloric meal replacement, with a lower glycemic index than most meals, it should be acceptable for most people with diabetes. Shakeology has been certified by an independent third-party lab (Glycemic Index Laboratories) as having a low glycemic index of 24. Believe it or not, Shakeology’s GI rating of 24 is much lower than most fruits, some vegetables, and pretty much every processed food ever made. Shakeology helps to keep your sugar levels in balance while providing steady energy (avoiding that sugar spike and crash), supplying nutrition that satisfies, and helping to promote good health. Shakeology is considered safe for general use as a supplement, however if you have a unique or pre-existing medical condition, you should consult your physician prior to using Shakeology.

 

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Your Partner in Health,

Debi

Child Obesity

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Take Steps to Prevent Child Obesity

 

 

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, America’s kids are battling a severe obesity epidemic that costs the nation $147 billion every year. Over the past 30 years, the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents.

There is no doubt that the main causes of childhood obesity are an unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity.

It is clear that lifestyle changes have had a significant impact on childhood obesity over the past 30 years. Children used to consume one snack a day, while 1 in 5 school-age children now eats up to six snacks a day.

Food and drink portion sizes are also bigger than they were 30 years ago. In the mid-1970s, a standard sugar-sweetened drink was 13.6 ounces, while it stands at 20 ounces today.

Obviously the costs are a lot more than financial. The consequences of childhood obesity can rival the health effects of exposure to many toxins. Obese children face a greater risk of type 2 diabetes and are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, asthma, joint and musculoskeletal problems, liver disease, gallstones, and esophageal reflux. Obese children are also more likely to be severely obese as adults and face illnesses like heart disease and cancer.

 

Here are some ways to help prevent child obesity. Diet plays a big role, but there are environmental triggers, too.

  • Reduce your family’s exposure to phthalates. Emerging evidence suggests that exposure to these chemicals may lead to higher rates of childhood obesity.
  • Don’t use pesticides. They may also have some relationship to the increasing incidence of obesity.
  • Avoid processed foods, which are typically loaded with obesity contributors like refined sugars and flours, and saturated or trans fats.
  • Serve at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Encourage them as choices for snacks instead of cookies, candy, chips, and other junk foods. Remember the time when parents served a meal and you ate it?.. There were no extras.. There was no snack before bed.
  • Choose whole grain products like brown rice, whole wheat breads, and whole grain crackers.
  • Keep a pitcher of water on ice in the refrigerator and use it as a thirst quencher instead of soda, juice, and other high-sugar beverages. Make your own favored water drinks.  Looks for recipes to follow.
  • Limit TV and computer time (experts recommend no more than two daily hours) and promote outdoor play and other physical activities instead. An hour of activity a day will generally maintain weight. More than an hour will help kids lose it.  Gone are the days when children would run around and play for hours after school. Now, they are more likely to engage in sedentary behaviors, such as watching TV, playing computer games or using social media. Children now spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media.

Note:  Levels of physical activity have also reduced over the past 3 decades. The CDC state that last year, only 29% of high school students participated in the recommended 60 minutes of exercise a day.

With schools taking out recess and limiting PE to replace with computer studies etc. We are doing our children a disservice. It might be better to add and hour to the class day.

  • Be a good role model by eating right and exercising yourself.

Watch for much more on this subject.  Healthy meals, healthy snacks.. fun exercises..

 

Your Partner in Health,

Debi

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