How much weight do you think the average individual gains from Halloween to New Years? Three pounds, five pounds, seven pounds? On average, only about one pound! Isn’t that great news? Well, not really…if you never lose it. No doubt about it, we have to work really hard at maintaining healthy habits this time of the year.  Try being in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics where our culinary students have been slaving over a homemade gingerbread village. For almost two weeks, aromas of gingerbread have filled my office. There must be an exhaust fan straight from the cooking lab into my office. One behavior I am going to try and maintain over the holidays is to stay active. I am even running in my first St. Louis Turkey Trot. Check out the St. Louis Track Club’s Website for information on holiday races. Starting out my day with a trip to the gym or a jog around my neighborhood puts me in a much better mind frame to tackle anything from grading those lengthy finals to facing the crazy shopping malls and parking lots. But, I still need some help…when our village has been completed, if we all pitch in and take a piece of the gingerbread property…we can each have the perfect portion!

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.