The holidays are an exciting
time for most people but the consequences of too much partying can take
its toll, especially on the waist line. Some North Americans can
gain anywhere from 5-10 lbs.; however, one can still enjoy the holidays
and stay in the Zone with a little pre-planning.
Exercise is a great way to
get through a holiday season and will help burn extra calories. I
have even got up early Christmas morning to go for a power walk to give
my metabolism a kick start.
Always eat a small Zone snack
prior to going to a party!
When eating dinner at the party
avoid the rolls, potatoes or any starchy food. I usually order Caesar
salad, fish or chicken and always finish off with dessert (my weakness).
However I would rather have the dessert for my carbs while others may enjoy
wine. It's all a matter of trading off.
At the party, try and stick
with wine spritzers or vodka and soda and balance off each drink with protein.
||Usually there are lots of
hors de oeuvres at a party (ie grilled shrimp, chicken fingers, cheese,
All the running around at
holiday time can affect one’s stress levels which in turn can affect our
immune systems. Remember to take your pharmaceutical grade fish oil!
Here are some tips to help on
the actual day...
and Christmas dinner
can be quite a challenge!
||Start your day off with
a Zone snack and some exercise.
||After exercising eat a morning
brunch that will give excellent hormonal for at least 5 hours. An
example of a 3 block breakfast would be a 6-egg white omelette cooked in
2 tsp. olive oil followed with 1 cup slow cooking oatmeal.
||If having an afternoon drink
make sure it is balanced with protein.
||When eating dinner use the
eye ball method ie 1/3 plate white turkey breast (treat dark meat
sparingly) and 2/3 plate carbohydrates. Fill most of your plate with
low glycemic carbs ie green beans. A little mashed potatoes with
gravy and dressing can be added for the unfavourables (no more than 25-33%).
Avoid the rolls. Remember this is only your first round!
downfall is usually all the heavily laden sweet treats after the Christmas
meal. This is when I can totally blow my whole Zone meal and end
up "pigging" out. The good thing about the Zone is that it is guilt-free.
The next day I can get back on the Zone bandwagon and within a few days
any weight gain from holiday eating usually comes off.