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Cut Down on those Christmas Calories
Healthy Black men, it’s that season again!
That’s right. It’s the holiday season. The time of year that we all pack up our appetites and over the hills and through the woods to “Big momma’s” house we go…eating all the way. There will be office parties. Parties at the neighbors and parties everywhere in between. It can be very easy to over indulge. Those holiday cookies and all the other tasty morsels can and will come back to haunt us.
Too many of us are not eating or exercising properly even without these added temptations. It’s long been recommended that we adopt a diet high in protein (Plant Based) and low in animal fat. How’s that going for you? Also, get some sort of meaningful physical exercise at least three times a week; ideally thirty minutes or more if possible. Add in a proper night’s rest and voila’… you have a recipe for a long and healthy life that will endure any season. When we talk of plant-based foods, we don’t mean you have to become a vegan. Simply incorporate more fruits and vegetables while adding smaller portions of meats and dairy products.
The exercise is very important and some form of it can be done almost anywhere. Most of us are always super-super busy but we must make time or improvise to get the much-needed physical activity into a routine. If you don’t belong to a gym, consider joining one. Have you tried a walking group? Play basketball with your boys or try running… or jogging- all great opportunities to get moving. The idea is to do something! Utilize any time you have for it and capitalize on any opportunity that could prove to be beneficial to your body like taking the stairs whenever possible, park farther away from the mall entrance. While at home watching the game use your dumbbells when it’s on commercial break. Try doing dips off the sofa or chair or my personal favorites…pushups and crunches. Just do something!
And remember, it is very important to talk with your doctor before starting any exercise regiment. Even if you don’t think its necessary, do it anyway. There is no need to miss out on all the holiday fun and food. All of us must make smarter food choices and be diligent with physical exercise. So this holiday consider push away from the table and chant ‘moderation’ three times before your first meal.
Maurice T. Judkins is a Radiation Therapist for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Durham North Carolina. He is a decorated United States Army Veteran and was trained as a Combat Lifesaver while serving a tour in Iraq. He also Contributes to healthyblackmen.org.