Tastes of the Holidays: Is it really worth it?

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What is the one holiday food that taunts you from it’s jingle bell platter this time of year?

By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT
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I’m sure everyone has a favorite food they look forward to at this time of the year. A food or drink that you only get to have during the holidays, so you get so excited when it’s time. For my husband, it’s those buttery crackers with peanut butter in the middle, then dipped in white chocolate. My husband and his uncle fight over each and everyone of them, until they’re gone. Before I stopped eating meat, I was a die hard sausage cheese ball fan. I couldn’t get enough of those things. It didn’t matter how gross I knew I would feel afterwards, I would still give it all I had if those were in front of me.

Can you relate? There is no doubt a holiday food taunts and tempts all of us. But I have to ask, is giving in to your holiday vices really worth it? I’ll let you be the judge of that after you read some facts below about some of the most popular holiday foods:

Sausage/Cheese Balls

(Serving size: 1 ball)

90.7 calories

6g fat

*Think about it like this, the average person isn’t going to eat just 1 of these addictive things. Most people will eat (at a minimum) 3-4. So, let’s be realistic and say you ate 4. That is a little over 360 calories and 24 grams of fat total. YIKES!!!

White Chocolate Dipped Crackers

(Serving size: 1 cracker)

138 calories

4.5g fat

*Most people find these pretty rich and can’t eat many in one sitting. However, over a few hours, around 3 will be consumed. That ends up being 276 calories and 14g of fat. Oh my…

Spinach Dip-

(Serving size: 1 large spoonful/scoop)

638 calories

47.8g fat

*Did your eyes almost pop out of your face? These numbers aren’t even including the chips, pretzels or bread you dip into it! The amount of fat in this is more than the average recommended daily fat amount for an adult male! Why is this dip so fatty? I mean, after all it DOES contain spinach, so you would think it would be the healthier option. In the words of Jim Carrey as the Grinch, “Wrong-o!”  Spinach dip normally has cream cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream in it. That is A LOT of white jiggly gunk.

Alright, now what do you think? Is it worth eating these things and feeling yuck about yourself and potentially gaining a few pounds? Especially if you have been working so hard through the year to get rid of your unwanted, extra body weight? To me, the choice is clear. Just remember that the taste of that food is only for a few seconds, but the aftermath will last much longer on your physique. Choose wisely!

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I am NCCPT certified Personal Trainer Betsy Stevens and I train out of Golds Gym on Chapel Hill Road and Hospital Drive in Douglasville, Ga.