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Continuing on my Fat Rant from last week, I saw something that I took as extremely funny.  I live and work in Philadelphia, a city famous for it’s cheese steaks, hoagies and soft pretzels.  My neighborhood is home spot of one of the most famous cheese steak vendors in the world, Pat’s Steaks.  Pat’s is open 24 hours a day selling steak sandwiches to tourists and locals.  More often than not, a long line forms outside the window, regardless of the weather.

 Well, last week I was driving past the store and I saw something that made me laugh.  Pat’s provides outdoor picnic tables for the customers: small, round, plastic picnic tables.  They seem sturdy enough to support the crowd all hours of the day and night, except on this day I watched someone take a dive!  Two gentlemen, of significant physical stature, sat at one of the tables, but when one man got up from the table the other man went down like a kid on a see-saw….splat!  If that is not a sign from the Universe screaming: Stop Eating the Fattening Foods, I don’t know what sign you are waiting for.  Lightening perhaps?  Seriously, this establishment specializes in foods that are dense with calories and someone tipped the tables???!!!!

Now, by no means am I suggesting not ever enjoying a cheese steak, they are a tradition here in Philly, but use common sense and practice moderation.  A cheese steak once a month may be OK, but if you are ‘tipping the tables’ you may want to consider only indulging once a season.

Take responsibility for you!  Be the change you want to see in the world, see the change you want to be.  The world will thank you for it.

Have a healthy day!

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Halloween is in two days, and if you are in the holiday spirit you may have been stocking up on sweet and gooey treats for the kids.  But if you keep taking a treat here and there the number on the scale will be scarier than any Slasher Film out there. 

So how can you arm yourself against the temptations?  Here are a few hints:

1. Outta site, outta mind!  Put the candy away.  If you can’t see it you will not have subconscious urges to eat it.

2. Patience is a virtue: if you believe you need to have a piece of candy now, wait another 15 minutes and see if the craving passes.  If not, try number 3.

3. Take a walk: go for a brisk 10 minute walk, do some jumping jacks or run up and down your stairs a few times.  Increasing blood flow to the muscles decreases the appetite.   

4. Keep it special:  grabbing a bite here and there adds up.  If you don’t believe me start to write it down every time you have a treat or two…it’s no trick, those are real calories.  So if you must indulge, save it for a special time of the day, take out only the portion you want to eat (put the rest away) and sit down to enjoy a satisfying snack.  Make sure you chew it slowly to savor your favorite treat, do some extra cardio or intervals to balance out the calories.  Remember, it is not one snack that makes you gain weight. 

As always, have fun with your nutrition.  90% should be healthy, quality food and 10% can be fun!  Not 20 or 30%, 10%!

Have a healthy day