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Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday Tips

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. My kids tell me I feel that way because it is the only holiday when I get to be a guest, not a host. And although there is some truth to that, there are so many other reasons I love this day.

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to take stock of the many blessings in my life. Surrounded by my husband, children, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and other extended family, it is easy for me to feel thankful. I am so grateful for my wonderful family, great friends, a beautiful home that I get to work from, and a career that is more of a passion than a job. And in an effort to make sure the Thanksgiving feast doesn’t sabotage your health goals, I am excited to send you these tips. I hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving!

Tips to Make Thanksgiving a Happy & Healthy Day

Take exceptional care of yourself in the days leading up to the holiday. Eat well, get enough sleep, keep sweets to a minimum, and maintain your exercise routine. Even if you are busy with preparations, stop right now and schedule an exercise break each day on your calendar, even if it is only twenty minutes.

Figure out some ways to make your life a little easier, or do so for your host. If the holiday is at your home, ask a few of your guests to bring a dish you know they either love to prepare, or could easily pick up. They will feel honored that you asked. Instead of making the cranberry sauce that takes hours to prepare, purchase it from the local gourmet shop. If you are a guest, offer to prepare a specialty dish you enjoy making, or bring a dessert.

If you are not busy in the kitchen, plan an exercise session Thanksgiving morning. Perhaps an early morning bike ride, a trip to the gym, or walk in your town could become a new family Thanksgiving tradition.

Enlist the help of family members to watch over the kitchen or set the table while you take a twenty-minute break before the company arrives. Close your eyes for a power nap, take a bath, or meditate; whatever will make you feel relaxed and ready to greet your guests.

Eat a substantial, healthy breakfast in the morning, and a healthy snack before the festivities begin. Don’t show up hungry, or you’ll surely overindulge.

Look over the entire buffet before making your choices. Research has proven the more variety, the more calories we tend to consume. Only take small portions of the dishes you love, and skip those that are tradition but not really your favorites.

Ask your hostess for small portions to take home of your favorite dishes, rather than overeating them on Thanksgiving. She will be flattered, and you’ll get to truly savor the dish when you are not stuffed and uncomfortable.

Shift your focus away from the food, and towards the people who surround you. Engage in conversations with others who are farther away from the buffet table, eat your food slowly, and stop when you feel satisfied, not stuffed. Remember what the day is really about. An opportunity to count your blessings and enjoy your loved ones.

Lose Weight For the Holidays – Variety is Your Key to a Healthy Diet

Posted on September 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

Do you struggle to lose weight? Do you want a simple and natural weight loss method? With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are thinking about all the weight that we gained last year and are wishing there were a way we could start losing some weight leading up to all those office parties, family reunions, etc. and to keep it off even beyond the holiday season.

Do you exercise constantly and still not manage to lose any weight? The fact is that exercise alone isn’t enough. In reality, DIETING is “80% of the battle and exercise is only 20%”> Based on these numbers, it is no wonder that much of the population is overweight. Naturally, eating comes to us all pretty easily. As easily as breathing most likely. The problem is, many of us have never been taught to eat WELL. This is critically important because unless you learn to eat well, you may never master the art of dieting in which case, losing weight becomes an impossible mission. In our society, certain inappropriate eating habits have become routine and by attacking these habits, you can increase the likelihood that you will actually lose weight.

It has been said that variety is the spice of life, and that is certainly true when trying to eat a healthy diet. No one likes to eat the same thing day after day, and boredom is the enemy of a healthy diet. Fortunately for those trying to follow a healthy diet, there is plenty of variety to be had in healthy foods. In addition to the hundreds of varieties of fruits and vegetables available at the average grocery store, there is a wide variety of beans, lentils, nuts, meat, dairy products, fish and poultry. There is no need for boredom to set in when pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

It is important for everyone to eat foods from the five major food groups each and every day. The five food groups identified by the USDA include grains, vegetables, fruits, milk & dairy and meat & beans. Each of these food groups contains specific nutrients, so it is important to eat a combination of these foods to ensure proper levels of nutrition. Of course, simply choosing foods from the five food groups is not enough. After all, a meal from the five food groups could include cake, candied yams, avocados, ice cream and bacon. Although all five food groups are represented, no one would try to argue that this is a healthy day’s menu. Choosing the best food from within each group and eating the less healthy foods in moderation is the best way to ensure a healthy and varied diet.

No matter what your reason for following a healthy diet, or what your ultimate fitness goals may be, you will find that a good understanding of nutrition will form the basis of your healthy diet. Understanding how the various food groups work together to form a healthy diet will go a long way toward helping you meet your ultimate fitness goals. Whether your goal is to run a marathon, just feel better about yourself, or lose ten pounds before all of those holiday parties, knowledge is power, and nutritional knowledge will power your diet for the rest of your life.

How To Have A Healthy Day

Posted on September 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

You can have a healthy day all day long by making good choices about diet, exercise and activities through out the day. The following plan is part of my healthy lifestyle which I try to follow as often as possible. Keep in mind I am retired and can adjust my daily schedule anyway I please. You may have to fit in work! Yikes, what a thought! More…

7:00 AM… Begin your day with a few stretches or exercises when you climb out of bed. This puts oxygen into your muscles and gives you energy to start your morning. Stretches and exercise in the morning gets your metabolism going.

8:00AM… Have a heart healthy breakfast of oatmeal,nuts and an apple. “An apple a day away keeps the doctor away”. Apples are low in calories and increase your longevity. Top it off with a cup of green tea to boost your bodies defenses against toxins. Toxins can contribute to heart attack, stroke and many other illnesses. Don’t skip breakfast it revs up your motor for the entire day. Remember to take your vitamins and or supplements before starting your day. You can brighten your mood with happy colors when you get dressed. Yellow is a happy color, red is for energy.

9:00AM… Take a walk, run or ride your bike for an hour. I ride my bike to the gym for a great warm up before hitting the treadmill. A little sunlight provides the vitamin D needed to slow down the process of aging. Be sure to protect your skin and wear sunscreen to keep those wrinkles and skin cancer at bay. Drink plenty of water all day. Fill your water bottle and carry it with you.

10:00AM… I hit the gym about 3 times a week for a good hour or 2 hour workout. On the off days and weather permitting I will ride my bike for an hour. Be sure to take lots of water with you to hydrate your system.

11:30AM… Take time to refresh yourself in a nice warm shower after your workout. What is really invigorating is to run a little cold water over your body right at the end of your shower to stimulate your body and mood.

12:30… Be sure to eat a healthy lunch and drink a glass of iced tea or water. I love a good salad. There is lots of vitamin K in lettuce and spinach. Vitamin K helps boost the elasticity in the skin. Another great antiaging remedy. Add a some chicken to your salad for protein to build muscle and help you stay alert.

1:00-3:00…This is a good time to run errands, clean house or just read. Reading is my favorite past time and a great way to keep the mind alert and healthy. Give your brain a boost and master something new. Do a puzzle or play a game. Journal writing is also great for your mind and spirit.

3:00PM… You should always have a snack, maybe 2 during the day, so your body does not store up fat. The body will do that if you wait too long between meals or skip a meal. Nibble lightly but do have a snack. A handful of nuts, a piece of fruit or a small piece of dark chocolate are great choices. An orange has vitamin C, fights wrinkles, helps defy age related dry skin and is only 70 calories. Strawberries, kiwi papaya and cantaloupe also contain vitamin C.

3 :30PM…In the summer I like to spend this time outdoors, in the pool, on the patio, or working around the yard. Unwind, bond with a friend or play with your pet. This will decrease depression and boost your immune system.

6:30-7:30PM…Dinner is around this time, I try not to eat any later than 7:30 to be sure I have digested my dinner well enough to ensure a good nights sleep. It is important to keep the immune system healthy with lots of omega 3’s that regulate your metabolism, reduce inflammation and balance your blood sugar. Fish, salmon especially, and vegetables like broccoli are favorites of mine both have omega 3’s. A cup of herb tea or a nice glass of wine makes dinner special.

7:30PM…This is a good time to relax and enjoy the evening. Watching TV, listening to music, working on the computer or curling up with a good book are some of my favorite things to do. When it is warm weather just sitting on the patio or taking a short walk is most pleasant. All of these activities reduce stress and prepare you for pleasant dreams.

11:00PM…Early to bed and early to rise makes a man (or woman) healthy, wealthy and wise. An old proverb, but true, especially the healthy part. I’m not so sure on the wealthy! Go to sleep at the same time each night with something pleasant on your mind. This will help you get a good nights sleep so you can wake up refreshed and ready to start another healthy day!

Taking care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually will help you maintain your youth and add years to your life. Plan one perfect healthy day that includes good nutrition, exercise and a way to relieve stress. One will lead to two or three and soon all your days will be healthy ones.


Ten Healthiest Tips for Starting Your Day Right

Posted on September 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

1. After sleeping and resting for 6 to 8 hours, it is time to improve your body activities. Do those things that accelerate a smooth blood flow. Walk across your home.

Take a large glass of water to enhance your health

Try to sit on a floor, and stretch for health. Stretch your legs, torso, back, legs, and arms.

2. Meditation for a joyful mind

When you wake up from your bed daily, sit on the floor, and stretch your legs.

Close your two eyes, place your two hands on your knees, and practice breathing exercise.

Accept those thoughts that rush to your mind, release and acknowledge them as they come to your mind.

Concentrate on your breath. It has to be a deep breath in and breath out, do them on the count of three.

When you are looking for direction, ask questions about those goals you seek. The answer may not come immediately, but you would find the answers in the course of the day.

3. Brush, wash, and shower your body

Avoid making your thoughts wander about. Just concentrate on your daily routines and, not be bothered about what the day will turn out to be.

4. Put down what you want to do for the day

After spending two-minute intervals writing down what you want to achieve for the day, spend the following minutes writing down whatever comes to your mind. It has to do with the things you want to achieve for the day.

After two minutes, look again, at what you have written and compare them with your goal. Thirty minutes are okay for this.

5. For the next hour, skip, walk, dance, and jump around. This will help you, as it releases those endorphins inside you. This makes you productive and happy for the day.

Research has indicated that morning exercises set the tone for a healthy day. Never ignore your morning exercise.

6. Take heavy quantities of green smoothie

Nutrition should be part of your daily menu every morning. This revs your metabolism and helps your brain.

Prepare veggies and fresh fruits. You can try something like a smoothie mixed with oranges, apples, spinach and ginger, as well as apple juice and mango.

7. Consume protein

Protein is essential, because it restores your muscles, keeps you full, and enhances your brain. This prevents overeating in the morning. Meditation and super food help you a lot.

Your first meal every morning should be food served with eggs and low-fat cheese, Greek yogurt, seeds, beans as well as peanut and so on. Where it is a smoothie, garnish it with protein powder.

8. Sit down, breathe, and stay for at least five minutes. This makes you positive and alert.

9. Think of your body achieving a lot successfully and effortlessly

10. To achieve your daily tasks effortlessly, review each plan in your mind. Plan your daily routines; think about the presentation you would make, and concentrate on positive things alone.

As the day goes by, watch and see the way things turned out.