This is a guest post from Tammy Colson, who writes at MissWineOH, as the Chief Tasting Officer with five tips to stay fit. You can find wine suggestions, pairing ideas and event information on her website. This post is part of the Ohio Blogging Association All State Blog Swap for November, which you can find out more about here.
As the holidays approach, we all struggle to maintain our fitness routines. With the Midwest winter keeping us cozy indoors and an ever present tasty treat or celebratory drink beckoning for our attention, here are a few tips to enjoy your holiday season with a little less guilt:
Five Tips to Stay Fit
Red wine is good for you!
Red wine contains antioxidants, which may help to increase “good” cholesterol and prevent clogged arteries. It also contains something called resveratrol – and while the medical opinion is still out on how exactly resveratrol can help us be healthier, the benefits of flavonoids in our diets is long standing science. I recommend Malbec, Shiraz and Pinot Noir as medium bodied suggestions that will pair with most holiday foods.
Dry wines contain less calories than most drinks with mixers.
A standard glass of dry wine will have about 120 calories per serving. (6 oz) A mixed drink of rum and diet coke is 64 calories per ounce (320 calories for a standard high ball glass of 5 oz) The one thing that will catch up is the sweeter wines.
Any wine with residual sugar, like ice wines, dessert wines, many Rieslings, or the sweeter offerings on the shelf will have additional calories because of the sugar content. If the wine TASTES sweet, its got sugar in it. For more information on the caloric value of spirits, mixers and beers, take a look at this website.
Everything in moderation.
Not only is it important to moderate our caloric intake of alcohol so we can enjoy the amazing food choices, its important to stay more on the sober side so we can avoid that awkward drunken conversation with Great Aunt Gertrude.
I always recommend one high ball glass of water for every glass of alcohol. It helps with hydration and will temper that nasty headache the next morning as well.
Five Tips to Stay Fit
Take your time.
It takes about 20 minutes for our brains to tell our stomachs we are no longer full. Therefore, when you sit down for that holiday meal, take your time. Enjoy a good glass of wine with your meal, savor the flavors and the conversation around you.
This is the season for family and friends to gather, so take advantage of those moments to think a little less about cleaning your plate and a little more about the folks around you.
Make time for you.
This is probably the easiest season to lose the time we keep for ourselves, in an effort to do for others, and be at every holiday event. Right now, before the insanity begins, schedule your fitness time. Put it on the calendar and make it just as important as the holiday shopping or happy hour with friends.
Whatever your fitness routine is, find a way to at least make a portion of it consistent. If you usually do three days of yoga a week, make your goal one day a week during this busy season. That way, when you do over-indulge, you will have that one day you know you’ll be maintaining.
Holidays are the toughest times to keep ourselves on an even keel. We want to be everywhere, and not miss a moment of the season. It’s also one of the most important times to maintain ourselves, and therefore our sanity, along with our waistlines.