Holiday Tricks

1. Fit chicks don’t skip meals to “save” calories for a party. If you do this, you are more likely to eat everything in sight once you arrive, as you are starving.

2. Fit chicks wear snug clothes to any type of holiday gathering. Trust me, you are way less likely to overeat if your clothes are snug. First of all it is uncomfortable, and second of all it is a constant reminder to watch your portions.
3. Fit chicks keep one hand busy at holiday gatherings (some of you can get your mind out of the gutter). While you are standing around, hold a drink in your dominant hand. This makes it harder to grab food.
4. Fit chicks cut back on the “extras” if they really don’t add too much enjoyment. You decide what that can be for you. Butter, whipped cream, gravy, mayo, dip.
5. Fit chicks skip the everyday stuff. Don’t waste your calories on food that you can eat every day. Indulge in the egg nog or pumpkin pie… the foods that you may only see once a year.
6. Fit chicks alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic beverages (like a ZERO CALORIE seltzer water – also see trick #3 above)
7. Fit chicks pop a piece of gum in their mouth and wait around 30 minutes before jumping right into the buffet line. This gives you time to strategize and be very mindful about your choices and figure out trade offs and compromises.

Go Ahead… Deck Those Halls!

This is a fun way to remember that all the hustle and bustle of the holidays can burn calories.

The Cooper Institute, which is a global preventative medicine research and education facility, has compiled a list of “Burning Calories – Holiday Style”-listing some favorite holiday activities and how many calories each of them burns in 30 minutes.

• Dashing through the snow (on foot, not in a sleigh!) = 330 calories
• Jumping for joy = 330 calories
• Sawing down the Christmas tree = 270 calories
• Sledding = 270 calories
• Chopping wood = 240 calories
• Shoveling snow = 240 calories
• Shopping on December 24th = 150 calories
• Decking the halls = 120 calories
• Caroling = 90 calories
• Shopping = 90 calories
• Trimming the tree = 60 calories
• Wrapping gifts = 60 calories
• Kneeling in prayer = 60 calories
• Kissing under the mistletoe = 30 calories
• Reading holiday stories = 30 calories
• Baking cookies = 250 calories

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