Guilt Free Fair Season

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               This is a great time of year to live in CT- we have warm dry days and cool nights.  There’s bonfires, football, hoodies and fairs.  You can go to the beach during the day and hit a fair at night!

                Fairs are set up to be a sensory overload; the sights, sounds and smells are all amazing and stimulating.  You have probably already been to one or two so far and the season is just getting started. 

                While it’s an exciting time of year, with the good comes the bad.  Fair food tastes good but is high in calories and nutritionally devoid.  With the competition of so many fairs they are starting earlier every year.  The season now starts the end of August and goes right through til almost Mid October.  Then there is two weeks of halloween candy which brings us into Thanksgiving and then look out! All bets are off through the end of December.  With Christmas cookies, holiday parties, drinks, dinners, and chocolate covered everything.  Until the first of the year and it’s time for…you guessed it,  New Year’s Resolutions!

                If we were about to go for a drive, you grab shotgun seat and I head over to the drivers side, sit down, put on my seat belt, adjust the mirrors and put the key in the ignition, turn it aaannnd…nothing- no sound or light.  You wouldn’t think anything of it if I turned the key and tried a few more times.  If I was still repeatedly trying two hours later, you would question and rightly so, my sanity (and if you are still there I would question yours).  The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. Said some smart unknown person once.

                But here we are again on an out of control roller coaster without a plan.  This coaster will most likely dump the average person off January 1st at a gym near you without any knowledge of strength training, healthy eating habits and with only a desire for something better.

                You are not average and if you are- don’t be.  So have a plan.  Knowing what we are up against is a start.  It’s easy to go to a fair (party, get together) and assume that if you don’t sample all the junk food somehow you are not experiencing the whole event.  I have overindulged too many times to count. The perceived need for junk food is imagined, the resulting stomach ache is real. I know being shaky from a sugar high, bloated, and lazy isn’t a good way to experience anything.  So here are a few tips that I have learned (the hard way) that will hopefully help you:

1.       Have a plan: you are not in congress- you probably have a spending budget at your house.  Have a spending/eating budget ahead of time and stick to it.  Budgets get a bad name but there is freedom in knowing your limitations.  If you have $300.00 spending money for a weekend trip, you don’t feel guilty for spending it, you enjoy it.  Same with budgeting junk food. 

2.       Pace yourself: like I said before, you will be tempted at every turn for the next four months.  You don’t need to experience it all today.  There will be no shortage of chocolate covered anything, ever.

3.       Know what is going on behind the scenes: With shorter days we get less exposure to the sun and vitamin D.  There is a link between vitamin D deficiency and depression/feeling down.  Turning to comfort foods does not help- it is only a temporary fix.  Self -control and a strong will are more comforting.  There is a lasting self- satisfaction that they bring.  Eating healthy is always better for your self opinion and mood. 

4.       For the foods you really want to enjoy, find someone to split it with (do not pressure them- I know that technique).  This is coming from someone who rolled up a fried dough like a cannoli and powered through it.  I should have had back up!

5.       Get a smaller size or ask for half.  One of the foods you will see at every fair now is a fried onion.  NO ONE NEEDS A WHOLE ONION! Six people could easily enjoy that.

6.       Wait until you are leaving to find something you want to try and eat half of it.  That way you can share half with someone later or ration it over a longer period of time. 

7.       And no one under any circumstances needs the x-Large bag of kettle corn.  It’s not a sleeping bag o’ happiness.

8.       If all else fails, just say NO.  Remembering the satisfaction that comes from self- control. Fair food tastes good but never quite as good as we imagine when standing in line, hungry. 

Pro Tips:

1.       Throw a temper tantrum and demand a free sample. Then politely thank the vendor for the sample and walk away. 

2.       Perform walking lunges from one from one food vendor to the next, screaming calories in, calories out. 

3.       Since most fair food requires no utensils, place your plate on the ground under your face in a push up position.  Lower yourself to take a bite, return to starting position to chew and swallow.  Always remember to keep the core tight!

4.       Swipe a bite from a stangers plate.  If they become enraged, just point to a random person holding a cell phone (they are everywhere), say “He is filming and this is a practical joke show.”  Hug it out and enjoy your sample.

These pro tips should get you thrown out pretty quickly, which has the same calorie restricting effect.

                In all seriousness, fair food is good and you should enjoy it, but don’t make it the focus of the experience.  Quality and quantity of time with loved ones is what makes life awesome.

Buy Local, Eat Healthy
LiveFitCT

-Keith

How To Cure A Post Election Hangover

 

                Has this long and drawn out election season made you feel tired, weak, nauseous, maybe even a little sleazy for having voted?  Are you glad it’s over but still in a fog that you can’t see your way out of?  If so, you might have election hangover or Post Election Fatigue.  In the US, in 2016  Post Election Fatigue or PEF as it is commonly referred to is a very common ailment but don’t lose hope, we will talk about some really effective remedies, but first lets take a better look at PEF.

                Here’s a list of common signs of PEF. Having these symptoms might be an indication that you are or could be Pre PEF:      

   -Irritability
   -Fatigue
   -Loss of appetite
   -Loss of hair from sides of head (due to manual hair pulling)
   -Using the phrase “please please please don’t talk about politics” (under breath)
   -The desire to grab a stuffed suit “journalist” on TV and scream in their face…”Do you even journalism Bro?”
   -Unfriending people on Facebook or the desire to every time you see one of their posts.
   -A twinge in one eye whenever you hear political speech.  WARNING: A twinge in one eye is the last warning sign before you experience a twinge in both eyes which is the body’s natural defense mechanism designed so you can’t clearly witness yourself commit a felony.                                                                     On a side note, am I the only one who tip toes through the facebook feed like walking through a mine field?  It’s like  
                         * BOOM- opposing canidate                                                                                                                                    * BOOM memes making fun of your Canidate                                                                                                        *  “Oh Look I didn’t know the Jones’s were in North Carolina this week.  I thought they were going next month"                                                                                                                                                                           * BOOM-Political nonsense                                                                                                                                     * “Oh look a kitty and he is stuck in a box, how cute!"
                        * BOOM                                                                                                                                                After 11-9-2016 any of these symptoms mixed with fatigue may indicate full blown PEF.
The good news is if you are a CT resident, you are well equipped to handle this condition .  PEF thrives in a contentious environment but so do we.  Take me for example; I live in central CT which should be a Demilitarized Zone for sports teams, but it's not, it’s the front lines for battle. To the North and East are Red Sox Fans, to the South and West Yankee fans.  Those lines also pretty much divide the Patriots and Giants Fans as well.  We have been ground zero for sports rivalries for decades or longer. So we are more than capable handling a little political drama.
                There’s hope!  After a little R & R you will start feeling better.  Some of the symptoms will naturally start clearing up.  Over the next couple days...
                -your blood pressure will start to drop down to what will be only abnormally high levels (it’s a start)
                -you will come to the realization you only voted for “so and so” to keep “so and so” from winning and that little bit of guilt will help soften some of that anger.
                -your fists will slowly start to unclench revealing the remains of crushed objects left in the creases of your palms. 
                -Facebook will show you all the people you unfriended as "People You May Know" and you can begin to heal the relationships with those you unfriended, that you were never really sure of how you knew in the first place.                                                                                                                                                                   Getting past PEF is a conscious effort, fueled by healthy food, exercise and a temporary avoidance of trigger people.  We here in CT are in a unique position to lead the way battling PEF.  While PEF is highly contagious so is the cure, and like everything in life worth while, it is a choice.  I made the decision months ago, regardless of the outcome, life will go on and I will get up, most likely add another layer of foil to my tin foil helmet, and go out and tackle life as usual.  I hope you do the same (foil optional).  Please remember we are all Americans and we all want whats best for our families but may disagree on the path to get there! Please share this with a friend or someone you know who is suffering from PEF.

 

 

Buy Local, Eat Healthy,

Live Fit CT!

-Keith