Sunday, June 29, 2008

Happy Summer Holidays!

Before the next post, I want to briefly pause and wish everyone a Happy 4th; the big summer holiday. Along with big holidays come big travel plans, big plans, sometimes a loss of schedule, and some big eats. Here's how to keep it from getting out of hand:

1. Try to stay as close to your regular schedule as you can. In other words, if you usually eat breakfast at 7, continue to do so. If you eat lunch at 11, continue to do so. Do NOT try to "save up" calories for later by not eating all day. That will backfire in several ways, but mostly in that you will probably end up doubling your calories in one sitting. The body doesn't do well under that kind of pressure. Instead, on the party day, keep your blood sugar balanced with regular meals and snacks. At the dinner or snack time that coincides with the party, you are more likely to make better choices. Go for the cake? Sure! But if your blood sugar is under control and you don't feel panicked for food, you are more likely to eat one piece instead of the left hand side.

2. Move. You may not be able to keep up your normal exercise routine while out of town, but an opportunity will present itself, even if it is just moderate. Moderate is better than sedentary, yes? Strike up a family game of frisbee or offer to take the dogs out. If it is a pool party, the more movement you do in the pool, the more non-sweaty calories you will burn.

3. Keep the drinky-drink under control. Too many drinks, and you may find yourself back at the snack bar, grabbing uncontrolably. You may also end up dehydrated, which is dangerous in the summer heat. And, no one enjoys the morning hangover. Instead, enjoy a great cocktail slowly. If it does become more than one, spread them out with water in between.

Have a great holiday. Here's to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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