FeudArt health and fitness: Holiday living

By Jameson Wicks, NSCA-CPT

With the passing of Halloween and the devouring of leftover candy, the Holiday season is rapidly around the corner! If you were unable to keep yourself from diving into the candy corn and lollipops, you still have a chance to stave off your indulgences during your winter meetings with beloved family.

All of us, and yes I say all of us, are going to be tempted to eat grandma’s stuffing and baked pumpkin pies, or some roasted pig and flan…yum! Eating during the holidays will be fine for you if done in moderation, and with fewer trips to get a second helping! It is what you do before hand that will count and benefit you the most.


A week before Gobble Day, there are a few simple things that can be done to be better prepared.

Eat 4-6 meals per day and NEVER miss a meal! This is going to help increase your metabolism, which will help you continue to burn calories throughout the day.

Depending on how many calories you need to eat a day, roughly 300-350 calories per meal and 200 calories per snack will suffice. An easy way to see if you are on track is by following a very simple formula.

If you gain weight, you are eating too much and if you lose weight, you are eating the right amount! No need to make it too complicated!

Also, drink plenty of water and workout at least 30 minutes per day. Go walk the dog, or ladies…go walk your husband!

It’s never too late to start healthy living. There is never a better day to start healthy habits than today!

Jameson Wicks is a Filipino American and has been a National Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer since June 2000. He also is honored to be coaching varsity baseball at Mater Dei Catholic High School. Jameson specializes in the areas of sport performance, weight management, prehabilitation, and functional fitness. Feel free to contact at jamesonwicks@gmail.com or comment on his health and fitness series on FeudArt.


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