Staying on the Health Train through the Holidays

Staying on the Health Train through the Holidays

What you can do to avoid getting derailed when the temptation of holiday sugar and spice is around every corner.

Living a healthy lifestyle is no easy task – especially when the holidays roll around. Everywhere you look, extra calories and delicious but fattening foods beg to be consumed.

And it seems the hosts to every party will not take “No” for an answer. So how do you stay strong in the face of culinary temptation?

It’s not easy, but with a few steps it can be done.

Do the Hosting

The easiest way to control what temptations you’ll face is to bring the holiday festivities to your house. There, you can plan the menu and know every pinch of every ingredient in every dish. Don’t want to take a stand against pecan pie topped with whipped topping? No problem. It’s your house, your menu, your rules. Simply don’t make it, and you’ll never have to worry about it.

If you have other people bringing foods, let them handle a dish that is difficult to turn into a fattening temptation. Dole out responsibilities for salad, vegetables, and bread. This allows friends and family to contribute something besides double-chocolate bars filled with chocolate and topped with chocolate syrup.

Fill and Chill

Not able to throw a holiday shindig at your place? Then you’ll probably want to do a little eating before you leave your house. Eat a good-sized snack consisting of healthy foods, such as carrot sticks and peanut butter crackers. These will help you feel full faster and prevent you from overeating at the party.
Once you’re at the party, begin your meal by downing a glass of water. Then instead of diving face first into your plate, sit back and relax for a few minutes.

The holiday season is about being with family and friends, so instead of turning the focus on food, enjoy the people around you. As you eat, take time to sit back and enjoy every bite. After all, many holiday foods aren’t served year round and you rarely get together with such great loved ones, so make the most of it without consuming the most possible calories.

Prepare Mentally

Regardless of what you do to avoid overeating and fight the urge to fall for holiday temptation time and again, you’ll not get through the holidays unscathed if you’re not mentally prepared for the temptations that will come your way. Well before the holidays descend, you should come up with a game plan.

What will you say when offered a tasty, yet unhealthy treat? How often will you let yourself indulge in holiday cheer, via cookies, cakes, and pies? What will you do to ensure you don’t overdo it? How will you react if you do overdo it?

Who will help you stay accountable throughout the holiday season? Having answers to these questions will give you the upper hand when holiday treats are trying to get to you. Being mentally prepared for the holiday temptations sure to come your way will give you the strength necessary to hang tight to your healthy lifestyle, regardless of what obstacles may come your way.

Swallow This Tip

As important as the foods you’re tempted with is what you choose to drink during the holidays. While you may not care for cakes and pies, you may be prone to drink down extra calories in the name of good cheer.

Want to keep yourself from drinking your way to calorie overload? Then you’ll need to drink limited amounts of alcohol, punch, and calorie-laden eggnog. Instead, opt for water (whether plain or flavored), hot apple cider, hot tea, and diet soda. Your mouth will feel refreshed, and your belly won’t grow by leaps and bounds.

New Year New You, Body Transformation Challenge!

We are getting ready to crank it up for 2012! Announcing the 4-week “New Year New You, Body Transformation Challenge!”

The 4-week challenge will start January 2nd and will run until January 28th.
Each participant will be judged on 4 criteria:
1.    % of fat loss
2.    % of weight loss
3.    % of circumference loss
4.    Before and After Pics

Prizes will awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners who make the most progress.
1st Prize = 1 Free Month of Maplewood Boot Camp + Foam Roll + A Set of 3 Athletic Resistance Bands (a $ 259 value)
2nd Prize = A Set of 3 Athletic Resistance Bands + Foam Roll (a $62 value)
3rd Prize = A Set Of 3 Athletic Resistance Bands (a $47 value)

How To Get Started:
1. You must be enrolled in our regular 2 or 3-day a week or unlimited Maplewood Boot Camp program that begins on Monday, January 2nd
2. Go to to register ($20 Fee)
3. Schedule your weekly body composition analysis (includes body fat, circumference, body weight measurements and pics.)

Follow the 3 steps above and you will be ready to start transforming your body!

It’s your choice, will it be the leftover holiday candy, chips, and soda?

It’s Your Choice

At every snack break, you have a choice to make. Will it be the leftover holiday candy, chips, and soda? Or will it be a nutritious and delicious portion of food to give you the energy, calories, and the goodness you need to make it through your day? Make the right decision and become leaner and healthier.

Easy Egg Muffins

Here is the perfect snack to enjoy guilt-free. Each muffin is packed with protein that will fuel your day and support muscle growth. Make a bunch of these and save them in the fridge for snacks-on-the-go.
Servings: 6

Here’s what you need…

  • 6 omega-3, organic, free range eggs
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup of organic shredded cheese
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line muffin tins with paper liners or grease lightly.
  3. Mix up the eggs, add bell pepper, cheese and seasonings. Fill 6 muffin tins.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the egg is fully set.

Nutritional Analysis: One muffin equals: 89 calories, 6g fat, 120mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate, .16g fiber, and 7.5g protein.

Free Boot Camp Helps a Hungry Child

Moving forward, to show our support for what you support, each month we will select a charity that a camper is involved with and hold a fundraising boot camp to benefit that charity. This month our fellow camper Giocanda Gallo suggested “Share Our Strength,” an organization dedicated to making sure than no child goes hungry. On Saturday 9am, December 17th, for every friend or family member who you bring with you to camp, Maplewood Boot Camp will donate $5 to Share Our Strength. The more people you bring, the more we can donate to this worthy charity. And if you have a charity in mind for future fundraising, please send me the information and we can get them on the calendar for next year.

See you at camp!