Holiday Advice You Didn’t Ask For

Another week on the CrossFit horse — and another week of the holiday eat-a-thon. Chances are that lots of parties, tons of food, and gallons of liquor will be offered to you between now and New Year’s Day. Most people in America gain something outrageous like 8-10 pounds during the holidays. That’s insane. Don’t do it. But, that’s easy to say when the eggnog and the Christmas cookies aren’t staring you down. So, how to survive the holiday season and not be a cranky bitch on wheels?

Well, here’s your survival guide for these times. Feel free to write down what I’m about to say on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket. Are you ready? Here it is: Don’t be stupid. Yup, that’s it. I could write all sorts of words and wax eloquently on this subject for 500 or 1000 words, or I could just use 3 words: Don’t be stupid.

You know what to do, so do it. Eat smart. Avoid the carbs. Stick to the meat. (Sorry, vegetarians, but that’s the truth.) Avoid “low-fat” garbage and remember that fat is not the enemy, but excessive caloric consumption is. If you drink alcohol, keep in mind that you’re trashing your diet and deal with it. Don’t eat crap. Don’t buy crap. Don’t take crap when it is handed to you. (That’s in life in general, as well as on a platter at a party.)

Have fun but make smart choices. Remember the words that form part of the CrossFit “World Class Fitness in 100 Words”: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.

The holidays are about more than food. You’ll be okay, and smart will feel great in January . . .

(Originally posted in Dec, 2010.)

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David Kirk
David Kirk

Don't be stupid...easier said than done. I was born stupid.

Eric
Eric

If Lis won't do it can I recruit somebody else to make the meatloaf?

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Shhhhhh. I'm working on the meatloaf.

Rockstar
Rockstar

Is the floppy ear puppy given u a hard time Lis?

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Why not, Eric! Heck, I'll even clean your car. I'll just need somebody to run this pesky CrossFit Affiliate Program for me -- oh and write that silly blog. And this one. And can you raise my kids too? Oh, and take care of my elderly mother. There, I think I covered it? I'm working on the meat loaf!

Eric
Eric

T-Day leftovers = yum! The 25lb bird is offically gone. This weeks lunch might be a bacon wrapped meat loaf. Lis, if you could get started making that for me I'd really appreciate it. Thanks

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

How were the 6 chicken legs at lunch, Eric?

Eric
Eric

For the few and brave trying to gain weight this holiday season... go forth and conquer that egg nog

Anitadrinks
Anitadrinks

Well- I think the FILTHY 50 made me get a cold!!! I was down all weekend!! :) Can't wait to get back!!

K
K

I will not be stupid.... anymore than usual that is lol

K
K

1st!!!!!