Weekly Wisdom

Christmas Edition


For weeks, you have tracked your food to improve your health and alter the shape of your body. More than a “diet” or a fad, you’ve created real lifestyle changes and built the confidence that you can stick with it for the long haul. So why is the winter holiday season so intimidating to all of us?

The answer is complicated. Sure, there’s the food. Unlike other food-centric holidays like Valentine’s Day or Halloween, the winter holiday season lasts for weeks. There are more parties, more potlucks, more food gifts, more cookies, and well, just more everything! And these temptations won’t be going away any time soon.

Then there’s the stress. Buying gifts, volunteering, decorating, cooking and party-hopping often take the place of cooking healthy meals at home. Like an infant sitting on Santa’s lap for the first time, it’s no wonder we’re scared of the holidays and the infamous weight gain they encourage. How can we keep up with a healthy diet and fitness program, let alone lose weight with all of this going on around us, day after day?
The answer is simple: have a plan and stick with it. You’ve overcome temptations and slip-ups before. Every day poses challenges, yet you remain strong and continue to make progress toward your goals. Why should the holidays be any different? If you want to continue to lose weight, you can. You just have to choose to stay in control, one day at a time.

Did you know?

You’ve come too far to take orders from a Christmas cookie!

Recipe of the Week!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 Chocolate Caramel Cake Mix
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp Walden Farms caramel syrup
2 Tbsp liquid egg whites

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
3. Add the wet ingredients; stir to mix.
4. Place batter in a sprayed muffin top pan making 2 jumbo cookies (if you don’t have a muffin top pan, divide the batter in half and place on a parchment lined baking sheet).
5. Spray the cookie dough tops and the back of a spoon with the cooking spray, flatten the batter into the muffin top pan or to the size of an English muffin in diameter if using a parchment lined baking sheet.
6. Bake 7-9 minutes or until centers are done.  Do not over bake or they will become very dry.
7. Let cool a few minutes, place in the toaster and lightly toast.