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What NOT To Do This Holiday Season
Nov 5 2014

What NOT To Do This Holiday Season

holiday-eating-caution-sign1. Don’t just assume you’re going to gain weight this holiday season, and throw in the towel. The average American gains 2 pounds between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Now, if you don’t work any of it off, this accumulates to 20 pounds per decade. BUT, consider this. Two pounds equals 7,000 calories. If you can focus on burning 200 extra calories per day this season (or eating 200 fewer calories) you won’t have to spend January “making up for December”. Instead, you’ll have the chance to positively move forward with a wholesome nutrition plan and an exercise regimen in place.
2. Don’t skimp on traditions. Just include some new activities to the mix! For instance, my big family bundles up and goes on a post-Christmas-feast walk (3 miles to be exact, but anything is better than nothing!) We also add great and tasty nutrient-dense alternatives to some of the extra caloric, yet nothing-good-to-offer-your-body dishes. This year we added a Kale & Brussels sprouts salad and Asparagus, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad. It’s great having some light bites to accompany the heavier ones.
3.Don’t skip meals. Example: Skipping lunch ‘cause you know you’re “going to eat 10 pigs-in-a-blanket at the office party”. We’ve all done it, but skipping meals only leads to overindulgence. Instead, follow your normal eating schedule, including wholesome foods and a snack before leaving the house. You’ll still get to enjoy your traditional favorites without feeling like a ravenous vulture.
4. Don’t park yourself in front of the buffet table for the night. Find somewhere to socialize away from the table of food. It’s remarkable how much more you’ll eat at a holiday party by standing at the buffet table all night.
5. Don’t remember the indulgence dish and forget the nutritious one. For every plate of indulgence, bring a platter of fruit kabobs or a veggie tray.
6. Don’t let the cold weather get the best of you. There are plenty of ways to exercise indoors. At VIDA, group fitness classes are extremely motivational. When stuck at home, workout DVD’s are a quick and thorough way to burn calories without stepping into the cold.
7. Don’t forget to plan ahead. Keep ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator to help curb those cravings and keep you full. (Sliced bell peppers, carrots, grape tomatoes, celery, snap peas, strawberries, mango, cantaloupe, grapes, apples, and bananas.) Dip veggies in hummus or yogurt dip if you don’t enjoy them plain.
8. Don’t deprive yourself. It’s the holidays! Deprivation is not natural, nor is it fun. Yes, we all have our goals, but that doesn’t mean “run as fast as you can to the side of the spectrum where you don’t eat anything but fruits, vegetables, and healthy grains at Christmas”. In fact, once you decide that deprivation is not the answer, being healthy becomes attainable and more realistic.
9. Don’t forget about the Plate. When planning all your traditional meals and celebrations, be mindful of USDA’S My Plate model, and make your meal look at least a little more like it!


Eat This, Not That


Dinner

*Beef Tenderloin: 328 calories, 14 grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat
Prime Rib: 806 calories, 54 grams fat, 29 grams saturated fat

Side Dish
*Herb Roasted Potatoes: 100 calories, 5 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat m
Loaded baked Potato: 400 calories, 14 grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat

Dessert
*Chocolate Fondue: 340 calories, 10 grams fat, 20 grams sugar
Pecan Pie: 610 calories, 45 grams fat, 15 grams saturated fat, 32 grams sugar

Beverage
*Hot Chocolate: 120 calories, 4 grams fat, 15 grams sugar
Eggnog: 350 calories, 19 grams fat, 22 grams sugar

Thanksgiving Hours ›

GALLERY PLACE

  • Wednesday, November 25th – 7am-7pm
  • Thursday, November 26th – Thanksgiving – 8am-12pm
  • Friday, November 27th – 7am-7pm

CITY VISTA

  • Wednesday, November 25th – 7am-7pm
  • Thursday, November 26th – 7am-1pm
  • Friday, November 27th – 7am-7pm

U STREET, LOGAN, BALLSTON, YARDS

  • Wednesday, November 25th – 7am-7pm
  • Thursday, November 26th – Thanksgiving – 7am-1pm
  • Friday, November 27th – 7am-7pm

Holiday Hours ›

UST, LC & Ballston Holiday Hours

  • Thursday12/24: 7am –2pm
  • Friday 12/25: CLOSED
  • Thursday 12/31: 7am – 5pm
  • Friday 1/1: 7am – 7pm

The Yards Holiday Hours

  • Thursday12/24: 5am – 3pm
  • Friday 12/25: CLOSED
  • Saturday 12/26: 7am – 7pm
  • Thursday 12/31: 5am – 7pm
  • Friday 1/1: 7am – 9pm

City Vista Holiday Hours

  • Thursday12/24: 5am – 1pm
  • Friday 12/25: CLOSED
  • Thursday 12/31: 5am – 7pm
  • Friday 1/1: 7am – 9pm

Gallery Place Holiday Hours

  • Thursday12/24: 8am – 2pm
  • Friday 12/25: CLOSED
  • Saturday 12/26: 7am – 7pm
  • Thursday 12/31: 5am – 7pm
  • Friday 1/1: 7am – 9pm
Vida Fitness
City Vista 45 K Street, NW Washington D.C. 20001
(202) 289-8432 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

City Vista

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

Phone: (202) 289-8432

$ 45 K Street, NW Washington D.C. 20001
Vida Fitness
Metropole 1517 15th Street, NW Washington D.C. 20005
(202) 588-5559 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

Metropole

Phone: (202) 588-5559

$ 1517 15th Street, NW Washington D.C. 20005

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

Vida Fitness
Renaissance Hotel 999 9th Street, NW, 3rd Floor Washington D.C. 20001
(202) 742-1940 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

Renaissance Hotel

Phone: (202) 742-1940

$ 999 9th Street, NW, 3rd Floor Washington D.C. 20001

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:30am – 10:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 6:00 am – 10:00pm

Vida Fitness
U Street 1612 U Street, NW Washington D.C. 20009
(202) 939-2577 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

U Street

Phone: (202) 939-2577

$ 1612 U Street, NW Washington D.C. 20009

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

Vida Fitness
Verizon 601 F Street, NW Washington D.C. 20004
(202) 393-8432 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

Verizon

Phone: (202) 393-8432

$ 601 F Street, NW Washington D.C. 20004

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

Vida Fitness
The Yards 1212 4th Street, SE Washington D.C, 20003
(202) 554-0444 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

The Yards

Phone: (202) 554-0444

$ 1212 4th Street, SE Washington D.C, 20003

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm