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The Weigh Through the Year

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  This article is being drafted in mid-January. And, if things go according to plan, it will be published sometime in February, around Valentine’s Day.

  Normally, when people think of “the holidays,” they are thinking about the routine-derailing, end-of-the-year extravaganza that starts after Halloween and ends with New Year’s Eve.

  If a holiday shows up on a retail calendar, it will probably impact your routine and diet. It is best to use the lesser holidays as a way to mark time on the calendar, as inspiration to stay disciplined.

  Valentine’s Day: If you are single think about how being in shape might help next Valentine’s Day. And, if you are committed, focus on having a long and healthy life with your beloved.

  Super Bowl: Eating light early in the day and going heavy on protein (rather than carbohydrates) can mitigate the consequences of eating late in the day (when the game is on).

  Easter: While watching Heston in “The Ten Commandments” or Brooks in “History of the World,” Easter is about one-third of the way through the year. Weigh in.

  End of School: The end of the school year generally means a more open schedule, making it easier to make better decisions about food. (The end of school can mean food scarcity for some families. If you are able, please consider supporting a local food pantry.)

  Fourth of July: We celebrate the founding of our country with a day that offers chances to make uniquely bad food choices. Eat lightly when possible, and favor protein over carbohydrates.

  Labor Day/Back to School: Think of summer’s last BBQ and new routine as a way to test, and maybe improve, routines. Weigh in.

  Halloween: The start of the routine-derailing holidays. Where did you start this year? How do you want to end this year?

  If you are going to treat a holiday as a “cheat day,” try to cheat in ways that cannot become routine. For example, nostalgia flavored candy eggs are generally only available at Easter. It is easier to get back to a diet if the bad choice is not consistently available.

  Happy (lesser) holidays.

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