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War of the waistline

Soon enough, stuffing, potatoes, butter and pies will surround our kitchens and invade our homes. You have two choices: get ready to have some will power or get ready to get fat.

Lisa Bankard, wellness coordinator for the Wellness Program at Yampa Valley Medical Center, said people typically put on 8 to 12 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Although the Wellness Program doesn’t expect people to lose weight over the holidays, Bankard recommends maintaining it.

“Eat regular meals and try not to overindulge,” Bankard said. Portion control can help in keeping winter weight off.

Bankard said the Wellness Program recommends doing some sort of exercise everyday, even if it’s just a five-minute walk at lunch.

Patrick Lowe, Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel executive chef, said he recommends eating lots of the proteins at the Thanksgiving and Christmas table this year instead of the carbohydrates.

“Stay away from the carbs and you’ll have room for pie,” Lowe said. “I do believe in the thought process in food combining.”

Carol Mahoney, registered dietician at Yampa Valley Medical Center, said go for the foods that you only REALLY like.

“Do not arrive on an empty stomach. It’s better to eat a light meal so you don’t overeat,” Mahoney said.

“If you’re watching calories, go for the special stuff you don’t normally get,” Mahoney said.

Mahoney said she tries to get people to focus on the reasons why we have holidays celebrating with family and friends.

“Don’t make food the center of it all,” Mahoney said.

And because alcohol is high in calories and affects your judgment, Mahoney said make sure to drink in moderation and drink the low-calorie alcohols.

Mahoney said striking a balance is important. You don’t want to overeat but you also want to avoid being a strict dieter.

“If you’re physically active, continue throughout the holidays,” Mahoney said. “Try to do (as much exercise) as possible.”

Compiled by Kelly Silva


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