Krysta Weighs In: Christmas Edition
Christmas is finally here, and for most, it is the season to ditch the workout regime and healthy eating to spend quality time with family and friends over some good soul food.
That has always been my Christmas - dropping the norm for this extraordinary time. With the closure of the gym until the new year, I have been wondering about how to approach health and fitness the smart way for this season.
Just joining me? Well, you have missed a crazy ride. If you're a returning reader, welcome back. Krysta Weighs In has been quite a life-changing journey. With a goal to live a healthier life, I weigh in on issues arising from said mission.
I know this dream of being fabulous, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle over the holidays may be easier said than done. But if you're anything like me, you will realise that the break from the gym or working out could have damaging effects on the body later on, and no way am I turning back now, I've come too far. My trainer Shawn 'Xavier' Grey has provided me with a few tips to incorporate during the 'jolliest' time of the year, and I have decided to share them with you.
Exercising from home
Now, exercising from home can be fun, once it becomes interactive. So gather the hubby, wifey, the entire family and make an event out of it. My trainer, along with myself and members of my family, have taken the liberty of demonstrating a few innovative workout moves just for you.
Eating Dos and Donts
Highlighting that the main food groups are protein, carbohydrates and fats, Grey recommends for the season that we keep abreast of the good and bad from the respective groups.
For Christmas meals, he advised that lean proteins are the best - pork, egg whites, turkey breast, baked chicken breast, and steamed fish. Avoid consuming the fat from these meats.
Good carbs are a great source of energy before exercising. Boiled sweet potato, white yam, banana and ripe plantain are highly recommended. He noted that eating Irish potato should be a no no, since it carries more cholesterol than the sweet potato (the irony).
Other bad carbs include rice, bread, buns, and flour.
It is also a time for vegetables, so feel free to go all natural or steam things up. In Jamaica, we love our steamed vegetables with salt fish but be mindful that salt fish has a lot of sodium which is harmful to the body.
He pointed out, however, "the more you eat, more fat you burn, so if you do decide to indulge, do so responsibly and do not skip meals."
Well, wish me luck, or join in on the fitness festivities with me. Don't forget to let me know how it works out, I know I will.