Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for November 26, 2012:
AUBURN COACHING CHANGES- Jeh Jeh joined us live from Auburn with the latest on the firing of Coach Gene Chizik, the search for a new coach, and the NCAA investigation. We also talked with Paul Finebaum and Stan White about the coaching changes and what to expect from the search for a new coach.
BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us with some advice on how to have a fun, festive and healthy holiday! The holidays are a time for enjoying food and friends. But for some, it is also a time to gain weight. But do people really gain weight over the holidays? It makes sense with the abundance of holiday treats over an entire month. But the last big study on this topic - which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine back in the year 2000 - showed that the average weight gain over the holidays was only 1 pound. Keep in mind, that number is an average so some people may have lost weight, stayed the same, or gained more than a pound. The researchers also found that most people did not lose that pound over the next year. So that one pound can add up over the years. So, how can you enjoy the holidays eating festive foods and drinking festive drinks but not gain that pound? Here are some tips (the first three are the most important!):
-Stay Active. The holidays are busy and stressful - but don't skip the exercise.
- Choose the Best and Leave the Rest - Ask yourself what the truly special treats are that you really, really want and then go for it - but don't waste your calories on choices that don't really mean much to you.
- Portions! Portions! Portions! If you can master portion control, you can eat pretty much anything you want!
- Keep a low-calorie drink in your hand. You are less likely to graze at the food table.
- Don't Skimp on Sleep! Studies show you might overeat more when you don't get enough sleep.
- Go shopping. Not for holiday gifts but for healthy foods.
- Don't skip meals to make up for too many calories.
- Avoid All-Or-Nothing Thinking. This goes for both exercise and eating and it is probably the most important tip of all.
CYBER MONDAY - Cyber Monday marks the beginning of the online holiday shopping season for many shoppers. In addition to Black Friday, this one day is starting to play an increasingly critical role in the overall toy buying for the season. From special deals to free shipping, to apps that make even in-store experiences powerful online buying occasions, Cyber Monday is just one example of how online shopping has dramatically changed the retail picture in a few short years. Online sales of toys have grown by more than 10 percent over each of the last four years, and indications are that it will grow even faster in 2012. Chris Byrne, content director of TimetoPlayMag.com discussed the impact of online growth for research and purchase, the advantages of online purchasing, apps that help you be competitive--and things to be cautious about. He also showed some of the hottest toys that parents and gift givers will be clicking for as they make holiday purchasing decisions and provide insight on how parents can get the best deals. For more information viewers can visit www.timetoplaymag.com.
MARATHON MEB - The Birmingham Track Club welcomes one of American's elite marathon runners to Birmingham. Meb Keflezighi, whose honors include; 2004 Silver Medalist at the Beijing Olympics, winner of the 2009 ING NYC Marathon, winner of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and 4th overall at the 2012 London Olympic Games, will hold a book signing this evening from 5:30 to 7:30pm at A Loft in downtown Homewood. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Keflezighi will be autographing copies of his book "Run to Overcome." Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Birmingham Track Club. In addition, Keflezighi will be accepting donations for the Meb Foundation, his non-profit entity which strives to inspire youth and their families to lead healthy, active, balanced lives. For more information on Meb and his foundation, visit http://marathonmeb.com/.
ASK THE GARDENER - Libby Rich of Plant Odyssey took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. You can contact her at Plant Odyssey at (205) 324-0566 or visit http://libbysplantodyssey.com/.
Join us tomorrow on Good Day Alabama... It's beginning to feel a lot like winter out there so Jeh Jeh takes us to the McWane Science Center to check out the Winter Wonderland. And the cold weather won't keep the fish away! Our angler joins us to take your questions about fishing during the cooler months! Jimmy Rockett joins us with some gardening advice! We check out what's new in entertainment! Want to color coordinated your holiday decorations to your home décor? We turn to our interior design expert for some advice! Enjoy a tasty treat with ¡HICA!'s 10th Annual Christmas Tamale Sale - we get details! Join us for all this and and more tomorrow on Good Day!