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The Suburbanite
  • Plan ahead for healthy holiday season

  • Those tasty treats are essential for holiday celebrations, but the delicious Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies on the table may sometimes be too giving.
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  • There truly is no place like home for the holidays.
    You are surrounded with friends and family, tasting all of the amazing food and drinks the holiday season has to offer.
    Those tasty treats are essential for holiday celebrations, but the delicious Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies on the table may sometimes be too giving.
    One minute you're enjoying a chocolate covered turtle truffle and the next you are jumping around to fit in your pants that slid on flawlessly before the holidays.
    Through the hectic shopping, traveling and cooking, the cheerful spirit may sometimes turn into a nightmare before Christmas.
    T"Holidays are usually a time to get drinks and food with friends and family," Snap Fitness instructor Travis Rossiter said. "Many people are traveling and are busy, so it's so hard maintaining that fitness and eating right when you are surrounded by food."
    Rossiter and Snap Fitness owner Robert Miller both shared how the busy holiday season usually leads many people feeling unmotivated and determine to hit up the gym. They discussed how the stress of the holidays and the overload of family gatherings can sometimes hinder a person's drive to eat healthy and stay fit.
    "Holidays are a stressful time and a busy time," Miller said. "Everyone is on the go and so people really don't want to take the time out to do the small things. You have to keep moving. Take a walk and just make yourself active throughout the holidays."
    EAT, DRINK
    Go ahead and enjoy the holidays, but stay focused on keeping off the holiday weight.
    Rossiter and Miller both shared simple tips to keep in mind for the holidays that dealt with going to parties.
    "Everyone has holiday parties to attend to and so one easy one I would recommend is not going to a holiday party hungry," Rossiter said. "Have a little snack before going so that you aren't feeling the urge to over indulge."
    Miller's tip for the holiday season is simple.
    "(Stay) hydrated throughout the day," Miller said. "That can trick your body into thinking you are full and is a good filler so that you don't over eat."
    Rossiter also commented how alcoholic beverages can block the body's stimulation from burning fat when eating large quantities of food and can slow down a person's metabolism.
    "Many adults like to go out and have an alcoholic beverage with friends and family," Rossiter said. "When you are having alcoholic drinks with large meals, alcohol severely limits the body to burn fat. So keeping in mind the amount of alcohol you consume with your meal is always a good observation."
    Also, if you are looking for ways make a tasty, bite-size treat for a family gathering or work party, try to incorporate healthy foods that can be essential for nurturance and give people that satisfying feeling.
    Page 2 of 3 - "Appetizer-wise, try to stick with a fruit or vegetable platter that way you can incorporate those food groups in your meal," Rossiter said.
    MAIN COURSE
    The main course is always the biggest and most important part about holiday meal. With the right focus, people can enjoy their large, main course holiday dinners and stay at an ideal weight.
    "During gatherings, fill your plate up with protein and essential needs that will give you nutrition," Rossiter said. "Pay attention to what you are putting on your plate. You can have your potatoes and stuffing but focusing it in smaller portions is always key. Try not to over indulge in those things first so that you aren't eating all of that."
    "You want to choose lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables," Miller added. "Keeping a well-balanced diet is important around the holidays."
    DESSERTS
    Desserts: the deadly weakness that is a downfall during the holiday season.
    Grandma's homemade pumpkin pie may be the best ending to a holiday meal, but overindulging in the sweet treats could be the cherry on top of 20-pound holiday gain.
    "When it comes to the desserts, try to incorporate that with your meal instead of waiting two hours after a meal," Rossiter said. "Some people actually eat dessert as a meal itself after their main dish, so maybe focusing on putting that with your meal."
    Choosing a tasty dessert does not always have to be a slice of pie or a drizzling, oozing chocolate cake.
    "You can choose a dessert that contains fresh fruit," Miller said. "That could be the better choice and it doesn't contain all sugar."
    STAY ACTIVE
    Physical activity is key in keeping that slim figure throughout the holidays.
    "The gym (is) always slower around Christmas time," Rossiter said. "And then, the first of the year is always the busiest time because of holiday gain. It is important to keep the dedication throughout the holiday so that you are maintaining health."
    Though many people may feel overwhelmed in their schedule to go to the gym, exercising and doing strength fitness is always a resource to go when not wanting to leave the house.
    "There are a number of things you can do in your home," Rossiter said. "It is really about finding the time to fit that in and doing it. Simple things such as getting out of your chair and moving around can be beneficial. If you are going to watch TV because holiday specials are on, do a set of push-ups or a set of squats during commercial breaks so that you aren't just sitting there."
    Rossiter and Miller also recommended taking time out of the busy season to release tension that may be built up from the stressful time of the year.
    Page 3 of 3 - "You feel better when you eat right and exercise," Rossiter said. "It brings holiday stress levels down and that it is why it is so important to keep the fitness during those times."
    Miller also shared his thoughts on taking time out of the holiday season for personal time.
    "Getting a massage or going out for a ten minute walk can be very beneficial for the mind and body," Miller said. "It is important not to miss your exercise because when you exercise your brain is releasing endorphins, and it makes you feel better."