Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. Growing up, Christmas was filled with family, friends, and wonderful memories. I am so excited to say it is Movestrong™’s third Christmas and we are making our own memories with amazing staff and clients. At this time of year, I love looking back and seeing the growth of Movestrong™ and how our family has grown. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to meet the amazing people I do at Movestrong™. My staff and clients make Movestrong™ feel like a true family. I hope everyone gets the opportunity to spend time with people they love. Unfortunately, often times the holiday season is not only filled with memories but with unhealthy treats. The average American gains 5 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. Food is the center of many of these holiday traditions however, you can find a way to enjoy your favorite foods without gaining all the weight. If you haven’t heard this before I am sorry to be the first to tell you this, but you can’t always have everything in life. You can apply this phrase to the foods you choose this holiday. Before going to an event or party determine what items are worth eating. For instance, if you love your grandma’s apple pie maybe you skip the green bean casserole and have a small slice of pie instead. If you go back for seconds go for protein options ideally skinless turkey over spiral ham. It takes your body more energy to break down protein than it does carbohydrates or fats. One of the most important things to remember is NEVER go to a party hungry. Get rid of the mindset that you should “save all your calories/points” when you know you won’t be eating healthy by only eating one meal. This is not a healthy mindset to have! Make sure you eat breakfast, lunch, and a snack so you are not starving when you arrive and less likely to over eat. I hope this helps you to have a healthier Christmas this year. If you would like to become a part of the Movestrong™ community and receive more healthy tips please call us at 248.601.6683. We look forward to receiving your call! Have a very Merry Christmas and Healthy New Year!