Here is a recap of Dietitians of Palm Valley’s and Orangetheory Fitness’ “Cinco Safely” Segment on First Coast Living–getting you prepped for Cinco De Mayo!
Question: If I am trying to start or continue my healthy living lifestyle, how can I celebrate events, like Cinco De Mayo, without the regret?’
Sammy’s Answer: We need to be realistic people—holidays, parties, vacations are always going to exist! To say “I am not going to eat more indulgent foods/drinks” is setting yourself up for failure. Do not restrict foods—restriction is the number one indicator of over consumption or over eating.
Think of restriction and over-eating as a bow and arrow. The further you pull the bow back the further the arrow shoots. Pulling the bow back signifies the restriction. For example, saying “I won’t eat carbs, I won’t eat carbs, I won’t eat carbs” pulls the bow back a little more each time. Eventually you can’t pull the bow back any further and you hit a breaking point. You let go and that arrow soars far. The arrow represents over consumption. Cutting specific food groups out will result in wanting to over-consume.
Question: Eating is one thing, but can I indulge in adult beverages during Cinco de Mayo? Or is that completely off limits?
Sammy’s Answer: We like to think of it as trying to get more bang for our calories buck. A 12 oz. regular margarita has about 680 calories/drink. An Orangetheory Fitness workout burns 400-600 calories for women/class and 800-1,000 calories for men/class. If we have one regular margarita that will equal more than one Orangetheory class! We are not here to be the calorie police, we are simply here to provide information.
The Skinny Margarita recipe below is only 145 calories per drink. We can drink 4.5 of these drinks for the “calorie cost” of one regular margarita. Now hold on, the dietitians are not promoting binge drinking…but if you know you are going to indulge at least we can do so knowing how much is going into our bodies!
Question: I’ve heard the phrase “everything in moderation”, how does that apply here? Can I eat all this delicious food and drink without ANY regret?
Sammy’s Answer: Absolutely! Always go back to the bow and arrow analogy—understand that these foods can be consumed on other days that are not Cinco De Mayo! Food is fuel for the body and provides both nourishment and pleasure—both aspects are needed in moderation!
Question: Let’s say I “accidentally” over indulge this weekend, is there anything I can do to burn off some extra calories until I can get back in the gym?
Sammy’s Answer: Go back to calories averages seen above for the margs and OTF classes—OTF is a great calorie burn but remember the whole purpose of working out is for health benefits—not to punish your body for your bad choices. Get right back in the gym the next day and get right back into your regimen!
Question: What are some suggestions for healthy and delicious food I can enjoy for Cinco De Mayo?
Sammy’s Answer: See these yummy recipes below!
- 1 container of fresh salsa
- 1 can low-sodium black beans
- 1 can no salt added corn
- Sprigs cilantro
- 1 avocado diced
- Chips or veggies, for serving (Our Favorites: Beanitos Chips or Cucumber slices)
Mix together and enjoy!
- 2 medium ripe avocados (mashed)
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt (non-fat)
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 2/3 cup chopped tomatoes
- 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
- Chips or veggies, for serving (Our Favorites: Beanitos Chips, Cucumber slices, or Carrots!)
Mix together and enjoy!
- 5 oz. tequila
- ½ lime squeezed
- 1 orange squeezed
- 1 tsp. agave
- Salt for rim (optional)
Mix together in shake bottle, shake, and pour. Add ice as desired and enjoy!
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