September 21, 2017

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain With Some Family Fun

For me, Christmas came quickly this year and too close to Thanksgiving. You may be like me and feel like we are now in fast motion to get everything done. I find myself with the need to slow down and stay focused on what is important. If not, the hustle and bustle of baking, shopping, and organizing holiday events will bring stress for any busy woman, which can lead to emotional eating, extra calories and feeling as though there is no time for exercise.  It can be especially difficult to keep an exercise routine or maintain a healthy diet when the kids get out of school or when hosting out-of-town guests. Allowing the stress and a lack of time to control what you eat and when you exercise can quickly bring on those holiday pounds. Instead of focusing on all of the interruptions, you can avoid the holiday weight gain with some family fun.  Try incorporating them into your exercise and holiday “to do’s.’

HOLIDAY BAKING

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely tempted to snack more if I am baking alone.  However, if someone is watching such as my kids or houseguests, I am more likely to quickly put the bowls in the sink without even a taste. It may feel like more work, but have some fun with the family and save your holiday baking to do together.

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FAMILY FUN EXERCISE

If you have been on a regular exercise schedule and find there’s just no way to get in a workout during the holidays, get creative and find ways to move for you and the family.

  • Forget about looking cute when out shopping. Wear you tennis shoes and walk as much as possible. See who can walk the fastest with a few extra laps at the mall. Take the stairs when possible and park in the back of the parking lot.
  • Just sitting around watching TV or playing video games can bring on a little chaotic stress which leads to more eating. Bundle up and get everyone outside with a game of football, tag, or hide and seek. Decide to take a family walk or volunteer to walk the dog.
  • If the weather is an obstacle, take a 15 minute break and get the kids together for a quick workout.  Do push ups, squats, lunges, and crunches as a family.  Make a competitive game out of it, which is always a crowd pleaser

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This holiday season, don’t look at your to-do’s, out-of-town guests, and no school for your kids as an interruption. Throw out your normal routine and have some family fun that can help you avoid the holiday weight gain.  Get them involved in all of your baking and get them out moving with you.

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turkey trot 2013 2In Good Health,

Crystal

Sweet Crock Pot Pork Chops

Fall – – my favorite time of the year.  It is finally somewhat enjoyable to be outside in Southeast Texas, but also a very busy time of the year with school and extracurricular activities. My time is limited in the kitchen, which means extra cooking with my Crock Pot is a necessity. A family favorite are these delicious Sweet Pork Chops.

 

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In addition to the fun things to do in this season, things are also about to get kicked into high gear with all of our holiday festivities and “to do’s.” Taking the time to plan and think through your meals will help you avoid the holiday weight gain that can happen quickly when things get out of control or off-schedule.

One of the techniques I share with my clients is to look at your schedule and plan your method of cooking according to what you have going on for that particular week. It can be frustrating to plan a certain meal, only to realize you do not have the time for that particular recipe.  Are there certain days that make more sense to cook in the Crock Pot? Could you double a recipe one night to have leftovers on a night you cannot cook? Decide what would work best for your family, schedule, and sanity.

Proverbs 21:5 says: “The plans of the diligent lead surely to the advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.”  

Getting organized and planning ahead

can help you maintain your weight and sanity,

along with enjoying this season with friends and family.

Try these pork chops and pair it with a sweet potato and your favorite fall vegetable or just a tossed salad.  It is easy and a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Pork chops (cut ½ -3/4 thick)
  • 1 onion sliced or chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  • Place pork chops in Crock Pot and sprinkle with garlic and onions.
  • Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and then pour over the chops.
  • Cook on low for about 7 hours.

Nutritional Value:

  • Calories: 410
  • Fat: 18grams
  • Carbs: 16grams
  • Protein: 44grams

 

In Good Health,

Crystal