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Slippery Slope

By admin | In Health & Lifestyle, Nutrition | on November 27, 2012

Guilty as charged. This was an Intrepid event!


Often times, the holidays become an all or nothing voyage into poor nutrition.  Thanksgiving is the gateway holiday that tips over the first domino, justifying all sorts of food shenanigans at company parties and family gatherings.  We put off our guilt by telling ourselves 2013 will be a new year and heck, we’ll participate in the Intrepid Fitness Challenge and we can undo any damage we do.  Well, like Ferris Bueller discovered, taking miles OFF a car is way harder than putting them on.

So what is the solution?  Forego all festivities, bring your paleo box lunch to company parties, and boycott your Great Aunt Mellie’s famous chocolate fudge?  In a perfect world, we’d say heck yeah!  But, as such, we have to be realistic.  Here are a few tips to surviving the holidays (or what’s left of them):

1.  Prioritize your events:  What holiday events matter the most to you?  If you have our plate full with a company party, family reunions, friendsgiving, and football playoff parties, you may want to pick the most important one(s) to kick up your heels.  For example, if the company party is fun but not necessarily the highlight of your holiday, try to grab a decent clean meal before you show up.  That hopefully will keep you from sketchy tapas and bar food.

2.  Be the Paleo Ambassador:  Bring your favorite paleo dish to a potluck or family dinner and show them how paleo can be delicious.  Do you have a favorite relative whose health can significantly be improved by eating better?  (Trick question.  EVERYONE’s health can be significantly improved…you get the idea)  Help them make better choices by doing so yourself.

3.  Make weekly fitness goals:  Making short term goals helps you stay focused.  Being mindful of your physical performance in the gym can make you think twice about reaching for that beer when you know you face a potential benchmark WOD or PR the next day.

4. Misery Loves Company: Ok, just kidding, but in all seriousness, spending time with like-minded individuals will help you keep your goal in sight. Go to dinner with some gym friends or have them over for dinner.

5. Prioritize your plate: You’ve heard us say this before. Load up your plate with the good for you stuff first. Get full on meat and greens, then the fats and dense carbs (sweet potato), the fruit, and then if you have room and can’t walk away, the bad stuff.

6. If you choose to eat something bad for you, make sure it’s something you really want and not just some crappy store bought cookie that was left in the break room.

I don’t expect you guys to abstain from all nutritiously questionable foods this holiday season, but take a proactive approach to your nutrition. Don’t let one comfort food binge be the excuse to say “Oh well, I already did the damage. I may as well binge through New Year’s Eve again.” Choose wisely, keep your eye on the goal, and minimize the damage done this holiday season.


WOD 11.27.12

Bench Press 3×5 or Wendler

Tabata Burpees (8 rounds)

Rest 2 minutes. Then:

AMRAP 4
7 Pull Ups
7 Wall Ball Shots

4 Comments to "Slippery Slope"

  • Michael H says:

    November 27, 2012 at 8:35 AM -

    I remember the arrangement of that snack table, it was the Chili Cook Off!

    1. Marcus says:

      November 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM -

      I’m a little skeptical of the grass-fed beef on that sale. While they do have some grass-fed products, they also state the following on their filet mignon: “Cut from the heart of the tenderloin, using the finest grain-fed beef” followed by “Delicious, safe and nutritious USDA certified beef from pastured cattle”.

      Maybe someone needs to explain to them that grain-fed does not mean truly pastured…

  • pooja says:

    November 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM -

    awesome post ruth!

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