November 23, 2011 The Asset Queen

“It’s the most fattening, I mean wonderful, time of the year!”

But I’ve got great tips!

I know you’re going to moan, groan and complain after you “stuff” yourself like a turkey (pun intended) tomorrow! You’re going to hold your belly and complain that you feel like you gained 10 pounds! And you’re going to sit around (on your assets) after dinner and feel even more bloated!!

I’m going to help you feel a lot better so don’t be so hard on yourself! The truth is, you didn’t gain one pound of fat, in one sitting, even after gorging yourself with buttery sweet potatoes, country gravy and sugary pecan pie.

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Don't panic!

There are about 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, so you would have to consume an EXTRA 3,500 calories on top of what your body requires in order to gain a pound of fat. BTW a pound of fat is equivalent to eating 4 sticks of butter (yuck!). It’s really hard to consume THAT much in one sitting. 

Yes, in a few days you can consume that much and gain that pound of fat, but after one huge meal you’re just feeling the fullness. You did not gain weight yet! Fall leaf 1

The worst thing you can do after a big Thanksgiving dinner is to stay seated all night. The best thing you can do is get up and Move Your Assets (shameless book plug!). 

It is not rude to go take a walk; encourage your guests to come with you. Not only will you feel so much less bloated because you’ll have helped to speed up the digestion process, but your stress will just melt away. And you’ll burn some extra calories. 

My 8 super tips!

Here are some great tips to keep you fit through the holidays:

1. Take a "digestion"walk. Resist the urge to plop on the couch after a big dinner. Before you sit down to eat and after you finish, take a short walk. At least 20 minutes will do it. I actually have peops, hubby and kiddies included, inviting moi on digestion walks…it really catches on!

Fall leaf 32. Shake and dance! While you're preparing food, put on your favorite music and shake, dance, and move.  It adds more fun to your cooking and burns quite a bit more calories.

3. Avoid the greasy, saucy, goopy stuff. Eat foods that are closest to the version that God created! You can’t go wrong! I know it's not easy when you face a buffet of casseroles, but if half your consumption is from fresh or frozen veggies, fruit, or beans, you may have less room for the calorie-laden stuff. Avoid the greasy, saucy stuff or eat very little.  Spice up your white meat turkey rather than pouring gravy on it.

4. Move it! If you do indulge, move around after dinner. Here’s a chart that tells you how much exercise it will take to burn off that apple pie and ice cream you just scarfed down. (1-1/2 hours of hiking should do it.)

5. Stand up. Encourage your guests (and yourself) to stand as much as possible while socializing. Even move around, if you can. Standing burns a lot more calories than sitting, and moving around while talking and drinking is even better!

6. Reward yourself. For every gift you purchase for someone, reward yourself with 30 minutes of exercise. So 10 gifts…you earned 5 hours of being fit for YOU! Walk,dance, yoga, whatever you wish! Fall leaf 2

7. Don't wait! Please don’t wait til January 1 to start moving again. Don’t use the logic, “I’m eating so much; I’ll wait till next year!” Wrong! Keep moving through this holiday season–like you never moved before–and you will not gain weight.

8. Spend a guilt-free Black Friday! Instead of spending the day after Thanksgiving at the way-too-crowded mall, spend an hour or so working off your Thanksgiving feast. You'll feel amazing (instead of guilty) when you're done!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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