Denise Sanger

Denise Sanger

Fall. Absolutely gorgeous time of the year. Cooler temps. Less bugs. But for me one of the toughest times of the year as far as staying on track and avoiding holiday weight gain.

Summer seems to be the easiest season probably because of all the fresh fruits and veggies and longer daylight hours. More daylight equals more outside time for me. When fall hits and it’s dark by 5:30 p.m. all I feel like doing is curling up on the couch with a good book and bowl of popcorn. 

Then comes the big four. First is Halloween with all the yummy candy, cookies and cupcakes every where you look. Then comes the KING of all eating holidays with Thanksgiving. I truly don't think I know of anyone who comes out of Thanksgiving without a little indulging.  

Then the crème de la crème — Christmas and New Year's with even more family favorite recipes and baked deliciousness. What's a girl that loves to enjoy the holidays especially the FOOD to do? 

Knowing as I do how hard it can be to stop at one cookie or slice of pie, I make smart choices before indulging. And yes I absolutely indulge because if I tell myself no, my cravings go into overdrive and all I can think about is whatever I told myself I can't have.

Sound like you? During the holidays this year, focus on presents. Not extra pounds. Try these few tips to stay on the healthy train track:

Water. Water. Water. We tend to go off track with our water consumption when the temps are cooler but your body is roughly 60% water. When you don't feel like drinking water is when you need to make sure you do. Staying hydrated also keeps your nutrition on track because you won't confuse hunger with thirst signals. Remember drink 50% of your body weight in ounces daily.

Follow an easy rule. Eat healthy 80% of the time and allow yourself 20% wiggle room to have those special holiday goodies.

• Exercise as early as you can. This way if something comes up later in the day you won't feel guilty about missing your workout.

• And most important? Relax and enjoy the holidays! Life is meant to be lived. Live yours.

 Be happy and have an amazing week.

To your health,


Denise Sanger is an over 50 health/lifestyle blogger and speaker. Known for motivation, inspiration & loving the BEACH. Certified fitness instructor, Silver Sneakers Instructor, Zumba, STRONG by Zumba instructor, gentle flow yoga, teaches morning classes at Country Strong Gym. Denise may be reached at, 386-292-6105 or

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