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Ten To Go: Beware
the ‘feast beast’

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The holidays are upon us. And that’s not necessarily good news for most of us when it comes to our health and wellness. We just can’t seem to fathom the fact that the holidays, in essence, extend beyond Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

Because we tend to eat and drink more during the holidays, on average, we gain more weight in the final six weeks of the year than at any other time.

Holidays are based on longstanding traditions, but that doesn’t mean your eating has to be. If you do your due diligence, you can keep your nutrition in check. Just remember these simple tips and you’ll survive the holiday “feast beast” without gaining a pound:

  • Portion control — make sure you can see your plate
  • Factor in fitness activities
  • Make smart food choices
  • Create healthy options.
Mary Wessel Walker​, owner, Harvest Kitchen | Photos by Benjamin Weatherston

Mary Wessel Walker​, owner, Harvest Kitchen | Photos by Benjamin Weatherston

Remember, everything you eat directly affects your overall health and well-being. To give you a much-needed boost, the amazing folks at Harvest Kitchen bring you this month’s healthy recipe.

Roasted butternut delight

Ingredients:

5 cups peeled and diced butternut squash (approximately one squash)

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup dried cranberries

oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

(All measurements are approximate; please alter to suit your taste!)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and dice your butternut squash into 1-inch cubes. Toss the butternut with oil, salt and pepper and place on a baking tray. Roast in a hot oven until the squash is cooked through but still firm, about 15-20 minutes. While the squash is cooking, crumble the feta. When the squash is finished, toss with crumbled feta cheese, cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

Demond Johnson

The author, Demond Johnson, is a retired combat veteran who coordinated the U.S. Army’s Weight Control Program. He owns A2 Fitness Professionals. Contact him at demond@a2fitnesspro.com or 734-222-5080.

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