Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Healthful Holidays

A lot of people ask me how I stay so fit. I'm happy to share some lifestyle tips.

Drink 8 glasses of water each day. It's so good for you! Your body is made of water so you need to replenish it. My body is made of Diet Coke so I replenish it with that. Everyone is different. Know your body. The gas station by my house sells 25 cent refills on Tuesdays. That's important to know too.

Eat snacks with protein because protein is so good for you! Protein helps you and fills you up. Personally, I avoid protein because I don't want to be full because I hate that uncomfortable "full" feeling, especially when my mom passes me a bowl of these truffles she makes with graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, and Cool Whip.

More about snacks: They should be low-fat and high-fiber where "low-fat" is exotic soft and "high fiber" is cheeses. Whole wheat crackers are an excellent pairing but you might find that they taste bad. Stick with Ritz.

The holidays are the absolute WORST for gaining weight. Have a plan. And have a support person who is interested in eating healthy food with you. Fill up on crudites. Of course, I never eat vegetables except for mashed potatoes and rarely eat fruit unless it is served with Cool Whip because I get embarrassed when I eat salad or raw vegetables because I think that people will think that I think I need to lose weight. I would never draw attention to myself like that. Christian is my support person and supports me when my plate is too heavy for me to carry. We have had a lot of success in meeting our goals over the holidays. One of our goals this year is to eat Thanksgiving lunch at his parents' house and Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's house. We visualize ourselves doing this successfully before we even set out to do it. Here's to success!

I have milk delivered weekly from my local dairy. I just can't tolerate the hormones and what have you that you'll find in grocery store milk. My dairy also delivers donuts and chocolate-covered cinnamon bears. You can get good chocolate-covered cinnamon bears at the BYU candy store, but they are hard to find elsewhere. And forgive me for getting up on my soap box here but I just can't stand donuts made with growth hormone. It's something I have chosen not to compromise on.

Trouble with portion control? Memorize this "handy" trick: Your fist equals a serving size of anything. This isn't exactly accurate--it kind of depends on how tightly you are grasping your fries. But it's a good rule of "thumb!"

It's all about arming yourself with information so you can make healthy choices. For example, whenever you have the opportunity to choose bacon, you should choose bacon. Bacon absorbs fat. It's an important part of any healthy diet. This may sound like an old wives' tale but think about it: Have you ever seen a skinny pig? Exactly.

And finally, the most important thing to do over the holidays is to really think about why you are eating. It can be harmful to eat for emotional reasons excluding happiness, joy, depression, or boredom--we all know we get into trouble when we're bored! Stave off boredom with a low-fat, high fiber snack (see above).

Good luck over the holidays, friends. We're all in this together!

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the laugh. I just fell in love with you... well not really but in a kindred spirit kind of way. Happy Thankseating!

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  2. I love this! So. much.

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  3. This is liquid gold. I wish I was old like you so I could be as wise.

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  4. I don't think I could love you more than I do at this moment.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Smiths - another stop for chocolate-covered cinnamon bears.

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  6. Are you kidding me? I am dying here.

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  7. How do I make one of those heart emoticon things? Like this: <3 ?

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  8. This is such a relief, I'm glad I stopped over before planning my Thanksgiving feast.

    I have a question, Kacy: which pie do I choose when faced with pumpkin, apple, pecan, or cherry?

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  9. Good question, Azucar--and since I am old I have the answer: Bacon. Kidding!

    Eat the pumpkin, apple, and pecan. I would hold off on the cherry unless it is organic.

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  10. Well, you're skinnier than me, so you must be right. I hereby adopt your plan.

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  11. This post confirms that:

    we=EXACTLY the same!

    Ritz comes in whole wheat now. Which was really swell of Nabisco.

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  12. Thanks for the tips. I will remember them all. vividly.

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  13. I love that I found out my aunt has a book club from your profile! And I love the advice.

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  14. Chocolate covered cinnamon bears sound really really good to me right now. Is 7:15am a good time for those?

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  15. I have been following this plan for years and add my endorsement. Which dairy delivers chocolate covered cinnamon bears?

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  16. I love your blog! I am laughing so hard I think a few tears fell. Good luck with the Holidays and thanks for the tips. I will make an effort to live by them. Wish me serious luck.

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  17. That was AWESOME! I really needed the bacon tip.

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  18. Oh, and my plan for handling the holidays? I just make sure I'm either pregnant or nursing through them. It's a tough job, but somehow I handle the eating for two just fine.

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  19. I laughed so hard about this. Also, thank you for the comment on my blog! Seriously it made my day. Even though my husband was a little weirded out that I was so excited that (in his words, not mine) "a random mormon mommy blogger in the middle of utah left a comment." But, you know, thanks for suffering through reading my boring post, since I am a pretty boring blogger. (zzzzzzz)

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  20. I would like to add my testimonial here. I followed your advice TO THE LETTER and had a successful Thanksgiving! Thanks for supporting me!

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  21. I am terrible at leaving comments. They usually consist of "that is so funny!" or "sooo cute". So, believe me when I say that this really was funny. Really.

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  22. you ARE my friend! I love you. This was my first exposure to your blog, so when I read the first few lines I thought: great. she's THAT kind of "friend". The kind who is going to make me feel guilty about my lifestyle and food choices.

    I'm so glad that I read on...and on, and on. I love it.

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  23. I just linked in from Lane Huff's blog...you are my kindred spirit! My e-mail is needacoke - but I really drink Diet Coke! Why do I love it so much? Because it is the only thing that provides me pure joy...I don't have to clean up after it, wipe it's bum, clean it's clothes, have you know what with it if I don't want...get my drift??? It's just there for me...like a good friend - in good times and bad! Your post was hilarious, and I needed a good laugh before I head over to the Chevron for my early morning nectar of the Gods...it's 9:30??? I'm two hours late!

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  24. I loved every bit of this post! I never compromise on my donuts either--you've got to draw the line somewhere!

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  25. YOU ARE A POET!!!!I 'M HAVING A PEAR RIGHT NOW AND I'M FEELING GUILTY ABOUT IT,YOU ARE SOOOO WAY TO FUNNY...
    THANK YOU ..

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  26. yours is really the only blog i laugh out loud while reading. thank you.:)

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