Well here we go, back into another eating season (Halloween – Super Bowl). If you’re like us, the holidays mean a lot of trips, and not just to friends and relatives!
Fortunately for those who’ve received Fresh Assist® samples you’re ready to eat your favorite treats and be comfortable knowing the bathroom visits will be nice and tidy. For the rest of you, we’ve compiled a quick list of tips to help you get through Thanksgiving. Fresh Assist® will be available mid-December so you can take on Christmas and New Years with no fear!
Holiday eating tips
The average American consumes 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat in their traditional Thanksgiving meal according to Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, L.D. Yikes! Let’s see what we can do to trim that down a bit.
First, if you eat a little fiber along the way, that can help hold things together, if you know what I mean. The fiber in raw fruits and vegetables can also help you feel full. Go for appetizers like vegetables with dip. You don’t have to eat a whole plate of carrots, but make an effort to eat some kind of raw vegetables.
While you’re snacking, consume some water. A good rule of thumb is one 8 oz. glass of water in between holiday beverages. It keeps you from overdrinking and gives your digestive track plenty of fluid to do its’ thing. In fact, James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM states that drinking alcohol can actually make you hungry causing you to over eat. This will definitely increase your number of “trips”.
Another tip is to start with a smaller plate of food. You can always go back for more, but starting out slow gives you the opportunity to fill up sooner and potentially avoid the second plate altogether. Greta Macaire, R.D. recommends that you eat until to feel satisfied, not stuffed. But if you overeat for one meal, eat lighter for the rest of the day. It can take a week of eating 500 calories over your normal daily intake to gain one pound.
Some foods just seem to cause more than their share of problems. These include caffeine, sugar, fats, carbonated beverages, red meat and dairy. Try to keep these down to snack-able portions to limit the trouble they can cause.
And taking 1-2 brisk 15 minutes walks a day can also help the plumbing get it done.
Hopefully, these tips will help you get through next week. But one last tip, when stocking up for the holidays, be sure to get enough rolls to handle the rolls and wash it down the toilet with Fresh Assist®!