“It’s the most fattening, I mean most wonderful, time of the year!”

But don't worry — I’ve got great tips!

I know you moaned, groaned and complained after you “stuffed” yourself like a turkey (pun intended) a few weeks ago. 



And with holiday parties galore, you're going to hold your belly and kvetch that you gained 10 pounds.

And you’re going to sit around (on your assets) after every holiday dinner and feel even more bloated!



I’m going to help you feel a lot better so don’t be so hard on yourself! The truth is, you didn’t gain one pound of fat, in one sitting, even after gorging yourself.

Don't panic!

There are about 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, so you would have to consume an extra 3,500 calories on top of what your body requires in order to gain a pound of fat. BTW a pound of fat is equivalent to eating 4 sticks of butta (New Yawk for butter…EEEWWW what a visual!). It’s really hard to consume that much in one sitting.

Yes, in a few days you can consume that much and gain that pound of fat, but after one huge meal you’re just feeling the fullness. And don't forget peops,food and drink have weight. Weight is relative so if you consumed two pounds worth of food and booze, you will weigh two pounds more after your meal…DUH! When I put it that way it makes sense, right? But you did not accumulate two pounds of fat on your person, given the above little formula. I don't care if you suck at math, you can follow me here! Oh don't worry sista (or brotha), I'll be throwin' lotza math and science at ya in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!

The worst thing you can do after a big dinner is to stay seated all night. The best thing you can do is get up and Move Your Assets (another shameless book plug!)

Invite the posse on a "digestion walk"

It is not rude to go take a walk; encourage your guests to come with you. Not only will you feel so much less bloated because you’ll have helped to speed up the digestion process, but your stress will just melt away. And you’ll burn some extra calories. I actually have peops, hubby and kiddies included, inviting moi on digestion walks…it really catches on!

My 8 super tips!

Here are some great tips to keep you fit through the holidays:

1. Take a walk. Resist the urge to plop on the couch after a big dinner. Before you sit down to eat and after you finish, take a short walk. At least 20 minutes will do it. 

2. Shake and dance! While you're preparing food, put on your favorite music and shake, dance, and move. It adds more fun to your cooking and burns quite a bit more calories.

Latkes 1When I know I’ll be serving potato latkes as part of Hanukkah dinner, I move around as much as I can before and after.

In fact, I keep an iPod dock in my kitchen and dance to Lady Gaga and Shakira as I’m prepping and frying. (You'll read a lot more about latkes and Grandma Sylvia–no draining or blotting for her!–in my book.)

3. Avoid the greasy, saucy, goopy stuff. Eat foods that are closest to the version that God created! You can’t go wrong! I know it's not easy when you face a buffet of Aunt Sadie's casseroles, but if half your consumption is from fresh or frozen veggies, fruit, or beans, you may have less room for the calorie-laden stuff. Avoid the greasy, saucy stuff or eat very little.  Spice up your white meat turkey rather than pouring gravy on it.

4. Move it! If you do indulge, move around after dinner. Here’s a chart that tells you how much exercise it will take to burn off that apple pie and ice cream you just scarfed down. (1-1/2 hours of hiking should do it.)

5. Stand up. Encourage your guests (and yourself) to stand as much as possible while socializing.  Helping the host clean up earns lots of brownie points (especially if it's your mother-in-law Harriet) and burns lots more calories than plotzing whilst shmoozing all night! OY VEY!

6. Reward yourself. For every gift you purchase for someone, reward yourself with 30 minutes of asset moving. So 10 gifts…you earned 5 hours of being fit for YOU! Walk,dance, yoga, whatever you wish!

7. Don't wait! Please don’t wait til January 1 to start moving again. Don’t use the logic, “I’m eating so much; I’ll wait till next year!” Wrong! Keep moving through this holiday season–like you never moved before–and you will not add the jiggles to your jingles (huh?) Most importantly, you'll kvetch a lot less about aches, ailments and bloating.

8. Spend a guilt-free day! Instead of spending a full day at the way-too-crowded mall, spend an hour or so working off your December feasting. You'll feel amazing (instead of guilty) when you're done!

Contact moi, The Asset Queen, to assist with your asset-moving and crap-cutting!