12 Months of Fitness: Challenge #11 – Watch The Condiments

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For the next month, your goal is to think about how many/much condiments you eat. One of the easy way to cut down on unneeded calories is to eliminate or substitute your condiments. Those dabs of ketchup or dips made of sour cream can really pack on the empty calories. Let’s take a moment this month and really think about the extras we’re eating at every meal.

Are you ready for your next 12 Months of Fitness (#12MoF) challenge? Check out the introduction to 12 Months of Fitness here. My testers have been tackling this challenge since mid-October and are sharing how they handled watching their condiment intake.

12 Months of Fitness: Challenge #11 – Watch the Condiments

12 Months of Fitness: Challenge #10 - Watch The Condiments

For the next month, your goal is to think about how many/much condiments you eat. One of the easy way to cut down on unneeded calories is to eliminate or substitute your condiments. Those dabs of ketchup or dips made of sour cream can really pack on the empty calories. Let’s take a moment this month and really think about the extras we’re eating at every meal.

Suggestions for accomplishing this are:

  • Understand the serving sizes on everything you add to your meals. Knowing how many calories or fat grams are in a serving of your favorite condiment can really help you understand their impact on your daily caloric count.
  • Get used to NOT using condiments. Do you really need guacamole every time you order Mexican food? Learn to taste your food without and feel those pants fit better.
  • Use substitutes whenever possible. Plain Greek yogurt fills in for sour cream 99.9% of the time with no one the wiser and mashed avocado can sub for mayo in a sandwich.
  • Embrace mustard. Mustard is next to nothing in calories so slather it on everything and congratulate yourself for eating healthier!
  • Embrace mustard. Mustard is next to nothing in calories so slather it on everything and congratulate yourself for eating healthier!
    Try eating half the serving size. Most condiment serving sizes are 2 tablespoons… but do you need that much? Slash your calories in half by eating only 1 tablespoon.

And to help you stay motivated, here's how it's working out for our #12MoF testers (you can meet them over on our Facebook page!):

"My biggest condiment overload problem is using too much salad dressing … at the cafeteria at work, I'm going to try asking for just one scoop of dressing instead of two!" {Elizabeth}

"I decided to cut out condiments entirely for this challenge. It was actually really easy and made me appreciate the natural flavors of the food I was eating!" {Kaleena}

See? You CAN do it! Share your #12MoF struggles/triumphs with Tulle Nation on Twitter, our Facebook page, or take photos on Instagram. Be sure to use the hastag #12MoF so we can all support you!

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