MMB – Guideline for Surviving a Holiday Party!

Good morning everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season and are finding ways to be joyful and thankful!  How are the work outs coming along?  How about nutrition?  No doubt the holidays are a super tough time to be disciplined because everywhere you go there are temptations!  I was talking with one of my relatives at a holiday party I hosted at my house yesterday and we were talking about sugar.  Sugar is everywhere and hidden in everything!  It’s no wonder that kids turn up their noses to greens and veggies because their taste buds are accustomed to eating foods that have revved up flavor and are loaded with sugar!  The trick with sugar is that even if you are disciplined and only have one cookie or piece of dessert, it messes with your brain chemistry.  Have you noticed how many more cravings you have if you have been eating more sugar than you are used to?  It’s crazy how powerful sugar is!  Well, now that it’s Monday, let’s refocus and set our eyes and stomachs on clean eating so we can feel our best this week as we prepare for Christmas 🙂

Announcements and reminders:

  1.  Cardio Core is at Jen’s Studio Tuesday!  Please text or e-mail me if you’d like to join class for 5:45pm to 6:30pm, 6:40pm to 7:25pm or 7:35pm to 8:20pm.  Three people are required to run a class. 
  2. Cardio Fusion will be at VBC on Thursday.  Class times will either be 5:45pm to 6:30pm and/or 6:40pm to 7:25pm – all depending on who is able to come when 🙂
  3. Cardio Core/Cardio Fusion holiday schedule: Monday 12/23 Cardio Core.  NO Cardio Fusion 12/26.  Saturday Boot Camp 12/28, Monday Cardio Core 12/30
  4. Park Fitness is this Thursday at 8:30am!  Depending on temperatures, class may be held in Jen’s studio.
  5. Christmas Boot Camp and Breakfast is this Saturday!  Class is 7:30am to 8:15 am and breakfast will follow.  If you are coming with family, please tell me how many people are coming so I can plan and prepare. Let’s work hard together, sweat together, and enjoy some of Mama Jen’s home cooking together! 

 

Thought for the week:  A Guideline for Surviving Holiday Parties

You know it’s coming.  You may have one tonight or this weekend.  Yup, it’s the holiday party we all know and love and it’s filled with those scrumptious,  yet lethal little appetizers, sugared up cocktails, and heavy meat and cheese dishes that coat our arterial walls.  Help!

O.k so we’ve all been there and if you are a living and breathing human being then undoubtedly, you’ll be attending one again soon.  How can we combat all of these delicious and taunting temptations that are all around us?  Well, I have a few ideas for you.  After all, I am a foodie girl too and I deal with the same temptations as all of you.  So, we are in this thing together 🙂

1) Don’t go to the party hungry.  Eat something healthy and nutritious before you arrive so you aren’t ravenous.

2)  When you arrive, drink a big glass of water.  Try to drink one or two glasses more throughout the hours that you’ll be there.

3)  Before you begin eating or drinking, survey the landscape of food and drinks so you’ll have an idea of what’s being offered.

4) Get your eyes set on the one or two treat foods that you’d like to have and go for it.  Try to mix in some healthy foods to go along with your treat.  Are there any raw veggies around?  Hummus or bean dips?  Try to load up on these things so you’ll get full faster.  Be careful of salads though.  Some of them are loaded with rich, creamy dressings that are loaded with fat, salt, and calories!

5)  Try your very best to be selective for the first round and don’t go back for seconds.  We get into trouble is when we go back for seconds!  Or thirds!

6)  If you are having a conversation with someone, try not to stand next to the appetizer table.   You know how this goes down right?  If you are chatting right next to the appetizer table, then you’ll not only be talking, but eating while you are talking and not paying attention!  Danger zone!

7)  For desserts, try to choose things that you can pick up with your fingers, so it’s bite size 🙂  The big slice of chocolate mousse pie is a killer!  If that’s what you want, then cut off a small sliver instead of taking the entire pre-cut piece. 

8)  Practice mindfulness when you are enjoying your treats.  Because they are special, make them last a while.  Savor the moment and don’t rush. 

9)  If you leave the party not feeling gross, bloated, and totally full, then you did a great job!  If you ended up overdoing it a bit, don’t beat yourself up.  Drink a big glass of water before going to bed and start detoxing the following day! 

 

Hope that helps!

See you in class soon!

Jen