Exercising during the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebrating, spending time with family, and enjoying traditions; which usually includes eating your favorite foods. People tend to gorge over the holidays and devise New Year’s resolutions to lose the weight gained during the holiday season. Southern Plastic Surgery has some simple tips for these weight concerns: exercise during the holiday season so you won’t dig yourself into a deeper hole, or consider the benefits of cosmetic surgery procedures like liposuction, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), or other weight loss procedures if you exercise regularly but still have problem areas.

Even if you’re considering a cosmetic surgery procedure, it is still important to exercise. There are many obstacles that cause people to stray from their workout programs during the holidays. Here are some tips for staying fit and motivated this holiday season:

• Be creative: Holidays mean traveling to who knows where to shop and visit friends and family, so don’t expect that you will be able to do your usual routine. Take extra clothes with you wherever you go and make the time to work out.

• Make a plan: People tend to have everything planned out during the holidays, so don’t forget to incorporate your workout plans. This means deciding on a time, place, type of workout, etc.

• Set goals: Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions and set some goals, maybe even enter a holiday road race with some of your loved ones. Setting goals is important and beneficial, but they need to be realistic. There’s no need to set yourself up for sure disappointment.

• Don’t let one off day throw you off track: Everyone has days that they slip up on their workout routine, but people need to be cautious, and get back on schedule the next day rather than dwelling on their slip up and doing nothing. In fact, to make it easier, schedule a day off from your workout plan to rest, just be sure to practice self-control and start again the next day.

•  Make a back-up fitness plan: Nothing ever goes exactly as planned. Just remain flexible and have a back-up plan. That way, you can enjoy time at family gatherings and not fret missing a workout.

• Plan family fitness outings: Walk to see the lights around your neighborhood, play touch football in the yard, go ice skating, or go on a shopping spree with the girls. Don’t be lazy! Incorporate exercise into your plans, even if it’s not the main goal of the outing.

• Do what you can where you are: Maybe your flight gets delayed and nothing goes as planned? Don’t use life as an excuse to just sit around and complain. Find a space and stretch, do pushups, sit ups, or walk the terminal.

• Make good food choices: Holiday foods are notoriously packed with calories.  It’s fine to enjoy these foods in moderation, but it’s important to not overindulge. People often make the mistake of not eating all day so that they can let loose at a holiday party. Dr. Whiteman recommends eating a healthy snack before going out to avoid eating extra calories to compensate for your hunger. Exercising in the morning will also help you relax more and provide some calorie wiggle room at the party.

Staying fit over the holidays is all about self-control and moderation. Dr. Whiteman believes that exercise is an important part in overall health and wellness, and plastic surgery should not replace any exercise plan. Exercise, along with improving overall health, can also improve your plastic surgery results. For information on health and wellness and plastic surgery, visit our website, and keep reading the blog.

Are Herbal Supplements Safe to Take After Plastic Surgery?

The following blog is an adapted version of Southern Plastic Surgery intern David Gibson’s research findings:

More and more Americans are turning to herbals or alternative medicines for the management of various ailments.  This rings true for plastic surgery patients too. Up to 55% of plastic surgery patients take some kind of herbal medication on a regular basis.  Herbal medications can provide a benefit to a patient by either helping treat a disease or speed recovery after surgery.  However, due to the laws that are currently in place, there is no government regulation of herbal medications.

The FDA supervises which pharmaceutical medications are allowed on the market.  These drugs have to go through several trials to ensure that they are safe and effective for what they claim to treat.  Herbal medications, on the other hand, do not have to go through this process.   If you remember, Ephedra, which was a common weight loss medication, was taken off the market due to dangerous side effects.

It is important that you inform your plastic surgeon of all medications that you take on a regular basis, as there are certain types of medications that should be discontinued prior to plastic surgery as they can cause adverse drug interactions with common post-surgery prescriptions (i.e.- antibiotics and pain relievers.)  For instance, the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) states that St. Johns Wort prolongs the effects of Coumadin, digoxin, and lidocaine in the body, and can lead to serious bleeding and heart palpitations if not monitored.

According to the National Institute of Health’s NCCAM, the following herbals and vitamins may help reduce surgical recovery time: arnica montana, bromelain, garlic, ginseng, vitamin C (60mg to a max of 200mg a day, used to help synthesis of collagen), vitamin B12 and folic acid (to help with anemia, which can reduce delivery of oxygen to tissues). Vitamin E and Echinacea should not be taken during your recovery. Vitamin E and Echinacea inhibit collagen synthesis, which slows healing.

While some herbal medications can help with plastic surgery recovery, some can do more harm than good and create additional issues.  For more information on medication interferences and cosmetic surgery, visit our website, continue to read our blog, or contact the office.

Turkey Meatballs in Pitas

Another one of our wonderful Facebook fans shared this delicious “healthy recipe!”

Things needed:

  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, cut in half
  • 4 Romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt

Preparation

Combine 1 cup tomato and 1/4 teaspoon each cumin, salt, and black pepper; set aside. Combine turkey, 3 tablespoons cilantro, and 1/4 teaspoon each cumin, salt, and black pepper. Shape into 12 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs. Heat vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown meatballs. Divide among pita halves, and top each with 1 lettuce leaf, 1/4 cup tomato mixture, and 1 tablespoon yogurt.

Nutritional Info

  • CALORIES 264
  • FAT 11g (sat 3g, mono 4g, poly 4g)
  • PROTEIN 20g
  • CARBOHYDRATE 21g
  • FIBER 3g
  • CHOLESTEROL 74mg
  • IRON 3mg
  • SODIUM 435mg
  • CALCIUM 64mg

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