Gaspari Nutrition

Sean Barber

Staying healthy through the holidays

Most of us are still sifting through the Halloween candy picking out our favorite piece. Now we are approaching Thanksgiving, which means certain carb overload and a good sugar high for desert. I want to encourage everyone to enjoy their holiday and indulge in whatever your guilty holiday pleasure may be! Keep that diet tight this week and knock out some intense sessions so your fat burning has a jump start for next week! I am guilty of tending to “save up” for Thanksgiving dinner and end up eating a huge portion and having to nap to recover, another holiday tradition in my house:<) This year, try to eat a breakfast high in protein, and instead of one huge plate use portion control. Eat several times throughout the day. Momma will be happy that you keep coming back for more and your body will thank you for it. Also, try to sneak a workout before dinner. All those carb loaded foods and sugar in that pumpkin pie can be used for glycogen replenishment instead of extra pounds. After an intense workout, your metabolism is heightened so you can feel less guilty about indulging. Eat more of the foods with nutritional advantages and less of the items packed with fat or sugar. Cranberries, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes, are all common items found on the dinner table for Thanksgiving, all with nutritional benefits. If you’re cooking dinner in your home, use healthy alternatives in your recipes and if you’re eating elsewhere, offer to bring a healthy plate to add to the buffet of not-so-healthy foods. Just taking a few extra steps this holiday season to stay fit and healthy will help you stay on track for your New Years weight loss or fitness goals! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy not only the food, but your family, friends, and fellowship! Train hard and wide open! Sean Barber

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