The holiday season is filled with temptations, starting with all those little snack size candies that are everywhere for Halloween, to the abundance of sweets, cookies, pies, and endless other holiday treats that seem to follow us everywhere we go during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Operation Muffin Top has finally come to an end and for most of you was just what you needed to start the holidays off at the top of your game. Many of you have been great at really sticking to Paleo for this bootcamp challenge, taking advantage of our meal plans and diet guidelines. As we sail into a season filled with parties and family get togethers I want to remind everyone that drinking is one of the main things that can derail you from a balanced diet and exercise routine. Everything we put in our mouth, whether we chew it or drink it, will affect our bodies.
Many people will put weight on this holiday season not because of too many gingerbread cookies, but rather because of an endless consumption of holiday drinks. We tend to think as long as we pass on the pumpkin pie and assorted cookie tray we’re doing well; however keep in mind that cocktail in your hand. A typical beer will run you anywhere from 150 calories to 250 depending on the type. A glass of wine averages approximately 25 calories per ounce, and a lot of sugar in addition. My favorite holiday treat is usually home made wine, which averages about 200 calories per glass. The worst holiday culprit of all, as you might imagine, is and Eggnog. Eggnog is delicious, I won’t deny it, but one glass averages about 350 calories.
One of my favorite beverages during the holidays is the seasonal lattes. Who doesn’t wait in anticipation every year for the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte?? Unfortunately flavored Starbucks lattes are delicious at a price. One 16 oz Pumpkin Spice Latte has 380 calories, 13 grams of fat, and a whopping 49 grams of sugar! If that wasn’t bad enough a 16 oz Eggnog Latte will run you 460 calories.
I know firsthand just how hard it is to resist a festive holiday cocktail and latte, but don’t forget during this holiday season that the drink you are sipping on is just as bad for you as the cookie you passed on earlier.