Counting calories at Christmas

As holiday gatherings offer treats simply too good to resist, some may find their waistlines expanding a little.
Krystle Wagner
Dec 21, 2012


Although the average holiday weight gain is 1 or 2 pounds, Tri-Cities Family YMCA registered dietician Erica Phelps said that could lead to problems down the road.

“It accumulates,” she said. “Any excess weight isn’t good.”

Phelps recommends several methods to keep those pesky pounds away.

One way is to identify the foods you truly want to eat. Phelps said people should think about the food they would be upset about if someone didn’t bring it to a gathering. Other foods that didn’t mean as much could be considered “space wasters,” she said.

“We want to save our room for what we really want,” Phelps said.

If food is served buffet style or where dishes are passed from one person to the next, she recommends surveying the spread and prioritize which dishes you want the most. Also, find nutritional values in your choices, she said.

Instead of hurrying through plates, Phelps suggests slowing down because it will help indicate if you really need the extra helping.

“Try to be the last one done,” she recommends.

Also, consider the beverages you consume, Phelps said. The glass of eggnog or fruit punch might not seem alarming, but the calories exist.

“It adds up fast,” she said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



I appreciate the useful tips you have given readers of the Trib, but I have to balance your advice against the mandate driven menus of our First Lady, Michelle Obama.

As you may be aware, MOTUS (Mother of the United States) has coerced schools to feed kids unappetizing and virtually inedible foods to ensure they will be svelte, like her:

I however,am definitely calorically challenged, so I choose to follow Moochelle's "do as I say, not as I do" diet, like her White House Menu for last year's Superbowl:

Menu for White House Super Bowl party

As President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama prepare to host Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and others to watch the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the White House released the menu for the party Sunday afternoon. Here is what the guests will be munching on:

Deep Dish Pizza
Buffalo Wings
German Potato Salad
Twice Baked Potatoes
Snyders Potato Chips and Pretzels
Chips and Dips
Ice Cream
Beverages including the following beers: Hinterland Pale Ale & Amber Ale (Wisconsin), Yuengling Lager and Light (Pennsylvania), White House Honey Ale.

Can I get a hearty AMEN, brothers and sisters?


Ok Vlad - you've gone too far this time. Yuengling is a great beer!


Because I was accused of not having a sense of humor in another topic recently I have to this suppose to be funny, or are you just a mean spirited putz? Sorry, but I just can't tell without a smiley face.
You really need to get past the disappointment of having "your guy" lose the recent election and move on to other causes, or the bitterness you exude in every post will just eat you right up. I realize you probably won't agree, but not every freakin' topic has to have a political spin put on it. Give it a rest for thankful the Mayan Apocolypse seems to be another false alarm and you get to get up tomorrow and do it all again.


In answer to your question, I'm just a mean spirited putz who has a low tolerance for people who work for us telling us how to live our lives while they do the opposite, taking away our freedoms and liberties.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous, Free, "Fair"and Amusing New Year (sincerely).

Walking Alive

You do seem have it right, you seem a mean sprited PUTZ, for sure. Everything has to be obami/politi by you, even an article on better health. You certainly seem a pathetic loser, both politically and mentally. Have another fast food double quarter pounder supersized. Happy Holidays


Dont you think that by complaining about them all the time that you make them a important part of your life and validate their very existence? Why not try doing something positive in your own personal life while ignoring those who cause you frustration? I gotta believe that you'd be at least a bit happier if not healthier too...all that negative energy can really suck a person dry.


What a hoot, Vlad.....Your holiday sentiments match those in the Christmas card I received from the Obama family.



I would be remiss if I fail to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year - have a wonderful holiday!


Yes, you would! Thank you. I also wish you a Merry and Bright Christmas (lots of eggnog - lowfat, of course) - and a very Happy New Year. Will Santa find you naughty or nice this year?? Well, anyway, I will stay politically correct and not go there. Enjoy the spirit, Vlad!


Thank you, and as far as enjoying the spirit, I suggest:


and Click here: Stethoscope

Fear not - no politics here!


Sorry for the second link - this is corrected


Wonderful! Redemption (partial)! Will be sending these treats to everybody....


I am an avid people watcher. One of my favorite times of the year is when the "New Year’s Resolutions" show up in the weight room at the Y. They are in awe at the number of machines and the complexity of same. They do not want to appear stupid so they struggle how to figure out how a machine works. Eventually someone realizing their predicament comes to their rescue offers instruction how to set up a machine properly, and explaining it is not as complex as they are making it out to be. Now that they are on their own, they feel good about themselves going from machine to machine. This goes on for about two to three weeks until I am guessing "what's the use" and that is the last you see from them.


Less than Amused, the original post by vladtheimp is so meant to be funny; how could you even need to ask. For those of you who didn't know, I was the poster who said that less than amused needed to get a sense of humor. Well, I couldn't help it. It's ok for you to disagree with me, I can't force you to be right. p.s. I do hope you had a good Christmas though; I think you're a hoot.


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