The happiest (and sometimes most stressful) time of the year is upon us! As is the numerous invites for holiday parties, work socials, and celebrations dedicated to this lovely month. While we rush around to buy the perfect presents, decorate our homes, and start thinking about our goals and dreams for the new year, we tend to lose ourselves in the process. Namely, we eat. And we eat a lot. Maybe you were “good” all year and are letting loose or you have allowed yourself to indulge this season. Either way, enjoy the food offered but at the same time try not to overdo it and begrudgingly have to add “Lose Weight” to the top of your New Year’s Resolution.
Here are some tips on what hors d’oeuvres and decadent foods to stay away from, ones in which to indulge, and the few to sneak when no one is looking!Read More»
Lately I have been hearing so much about the superfood, kale! Everyone is raving about it! The amazing benefits, the different ways to use it in your meals, and how we can get more of it in our diet. To be honest, I just started eating kale, as I was a bit weary about it before. But then my wonderful friend, Whitney, suggested I throw it in a smoothie and I was hooked.
Part of the cabbage family, kale is a dark green, leafy vegetable with similar disease-fighting characteristics as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. And fights disease, it does! Kale has the highest antioxidant rating based on the ORAC Scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) with a value of 1770. This nutritional powerhouse comes in way ahead of spinach, which has an ORAC value of 1260.Read More»
Expensive Pee. That’s what my professors call dietary supplements. And expensive they are. No wonder the supplement/vitamin business makes about 7 billion, yes, BILLION, dollars a year! And it’s only growing. But do dietary supplements really do what they claim on the bottle? How do we know that we are taking what is specified on the label when the formulas are not regulated by the FDA? This is a very controversial topic and one in which people feel very strongly about. You are either a supporter of dietary supplements and will spend the outrageous amounts of money to fuel the habit (or even possible placebo effect) or you don’t take them and disregard the hype. I would like to share what I know - some knowledge that I have learned in school and my personal beliefs on those little pills.Read More»
Now here’s the million dollar question and one I get asked very often…..How can I enjoy my nights out and still manage to look great? I want to go out with my friends on Saturday night but don’t want to feel bloated and horrible the next morning….what do I do and what should I drink?
So here are some tips and tools I use when I go out. I feel that I have managed to find a happy medium between enjoying what I am drinking (I mean honestly…who wants to dilute their wine with a spritzer??????), while cutting down on the unnecessary calories, and still being able to go to yoga the next day. But let me add a disclaimer saying that sometimes the rules get broken and I succumb to the yummy margaritas at my favorite Mexican restaurant. If this happens, just pick yourself up the next day and promise yourself it will only be vodka sodas the next time you go out!!!Read More»
Water…. it’s a precious commodity. And our bodies could not live without it. I am sure you have always read or heard that you should drink 8-8 ounce glasses of water per day. So that’s 64 ounces of water which is a little less than 2 liters. At the same time, that can seem like a very daunting amount of fluid to consume throughout the day. I get it…you don’t always want to be running to the bathroom! This recommendation also includes other drinks and foods that you consume and don’t even realize you are adding to your “water bank”. Oranges, cucumbers, and watermelon have a very high water content so eating an orange can satisfy a small portion of those 2 liters.Read More»