The Importance of Eating Right

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The champagne is flowing the cookies are everywhere and big, festive parties are happening every weekend. So, in between all of these wonderful things, we have to try and eat right or things will just get out of control. They say if we aren’t careful, during the holidays we can gain as much as 15 pounds.

So what can you do? First, try your very best to stay as active as possible. If you are too busy for all of your regular gym workouts, then at least do this. When you go shopping, park farther away from the store and walk. Take an extra lap or two around the store or the mall. At night, when you are putting things away, take an extra trip, don’t pile yourself up with things.

And, when you are not at a party, try to eat right. Fill up on leafy green salads and vegetables and lean protein. Chicken, fish, legumes and leave off the rich sauces and go light on the butter.

Opt for healthier choices, such as:

3.5 ounces of lean chicken or salmon (31 g and 24 g respectively)

6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt (17 g)

1 cup of skim milk (9 g)

1 cup of cooked beans (about 18 g).

Protein powders can offer about 30 g per scoop and can be added to all kinds of meals like oatmeal, shakes, and yogurt. While food sources are the best, supplemental protein can help if you struggle with consuming enough calories and protein from your regular diet.

When you do have time to fit in a work out, do more with weights and less cardio. In order to¬†maximize muscle growth and improve recovery, it is suggested that consuming a drink or meal with a carbohydrate-to-protein ratio of about three-to-one or four-to-one within 30 minutes after your workout is key. Muscle burns more calories than fat, which means some of those crazy things you have been indulging in could actually get burned off. Some, not all…

Here’s to a happy Holiday Season for you and all of your loved ones!

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen Brazeau, business owner, horse farm owner, orange county, san clemente

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