New Years Resolutions & Pressing the Reset Button

new YearIt’s been a busy week and I’m looking for some down time.  I feel like I’ve been running for days and now the holiday has come and gone. I’m busy with work, a party and an upcoming workshop. I’m looking for that moment when you breathe and say, ah.

Are you getting that moment to breathe? Have you made any plans or resolutions for the upcoming New Year? I’ve mentioned before I’m not a big fan of resolutions but I am one to set goals. I feel resolutions tend to get lost because we don’t have clear cut goals or plans of action. You can’t figure out what to do for a vague plan. I talk more about this my year end newsletter. You can sign up for it here if you would like to read more. (there is also a recipe and a nutrition tip included).

I like the New Year to also press the reset button. I feel like there’s a fresh start to be had on things that may be feeling stale or stuck. I give my business a little refreshers, clean out my closet and I also like to reset my eating habits. Let’s be honest, as good as our eating habits may be we all get caught up in the holiday celebrations and parties. It’s hard when you’re enjoying yourself to have stick completely on point with your eating plan. I’m leading a New Year’s Press the Reset Button Detox on January 19th if you would like to join me.

I don’t do juice cleanses. It’s mid-winter and I like to feel energized. To have foods that do not fit with the season end up leaving you feel cold, tired and deprived. It’s hard to not give into cravings when you’re feeling depleted. The seasonal comfort foods on my detox program leave you feeling satisfied and energized. You end up feeling pampered and cared for by the end of the program.

You can find out more details and sign up here if that sounds like something you would be interested in.

 

 

Be Radical – Enjoy the Holiday Season

Triple Chocolate Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

I post a lot of tips on staying healthy and exercising during the holiday season.  And I believe in them.  I exercise, make good meal choices, and I don’t keep junk in the house.  On the other hand, it is the holiday season and I want to enjoy myself.  Which means saying yes to things that I normally don’t have.

Honestly, how often do you have your mom’s special lasagna, the fancy cookies, or pecan pie?  Do you even think of pecan pie the rest of the year?  I honestly can’t say Christmas feels like Christmas without cookies.  When I was growing up my mom used to bake like a maniac for the holidays.  I had no idea that other people’s mothers did not make 12 different kinds of cookies plus nut & date rolls, sausage rolls, pies, and whatever else she thought we needed.

It’s a very real link for me to the holidays, feeling loved, and feeling young.  Why would I want to give that up?  I’m sure you have your own spin of those links to family.  Maybe it’s potato latkes, the seven fishes, empanadas, baklava or tamales.  Connect to it.  It’s an important part of your ritual and you should honor it. You can eat healthy the rest of the time.  You can also drink lemon or ginger water to keep any bloated feelings away.

Here are some links to a few favorite sites of mine for some healthier cookie recipes:

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/category/healthy-brownies-and-baked-goods

http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/p/spunky-coconut-recipe-list.html

http://glutenfreegirl.com/category/recipes/cookies-recipes/

If you feel like you’ve gained weight from celebrating a bit too much or if you just want to get back on track after the holidays then join my New Year’s Press the Reset Button Detox.  You will get to eat delicious food, have support, get recipes, a shopping list and information on how to get started as well as how to end the detox. Visit my website for more information.

Holidays Make Working out Seem Impossible?

treadmillAre you finding it hard to workout this season? It seems like there is so much to do; parties, shopping for gifts, cooking, baking and whatnot all on top of the regular day-to-day things that need to be done. It can feel overwhelming and it seems easy to let working out slide.

But a workout can also be the thing that helps you relieve any stress and gives you energy. It seems crazy but working out boosts our energy levels and fills us with those much talked about endorphins. It definitely beats punching out a fellow shopper out over the last item on your list or the boss who gives you yet another year-end project.

I get that time is tight, I signed up for the Runners World Running Streak challenge where you run at least one mile every day. I figure on days I’m so busy I can’t think I can get a little break and some exercise in one shot. I feel compelled to do it because I announced I would do it and tweet my daily runs.

Running from Thanksgiving to New Year’s not your thing? No worries you can go for a brisk walk or do whatever exercise makes you happy. Days when you have more time you work out longer and on days when time is tight you do 10 minutes. I even put a quick circuit together for you; you don’t need equipment just sneakers & comfortable clothing.

  • Warm up with 1 minute of jogging in place
  • Perform 1 minute of jumping jacks
  • Perform 1 minute of squats
  • Perform 1 minute of push ups (regular or modified)
  • Perform 1 minute of mountain climbers
  • Repeat circuit

You can also check out FitSugar or Self magazine’s websites, they have plenty of 10 & 20 minute workouts for the time crunched.

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Is Eating Before a Party a Good Idea?

FingerfoodcaterersBrisbane_zpsa7a324e5I’ve received that diet advice a lot. “Eat a meal before you go and you won’t be tempted by the food there.” Really? Does this work for you? I get to the party and see food I really love and think oh, well I’ll only have a little of this and that, after these tastes I’ve had another meal.

My other least favorite trick is to not eat so that you “save up” for the dinner. By the time the party comes you’re irritable, if not downright mean, and you’re starving so you start hoovering up everything in sight. Including foods that you may never eat if you weren’t so hungry.

So what’s a person to do? Eat healthy normal meals during the day and have a small snack before you go to the party so you aren’t famished. A handful of nuts, some trail mix or fruit are all good quick choices.

Once at the party pick the foods that you enjoy, sit down to eat and savor them. If you want dessert pick something small  and enjoy it. If small portions aren’t available have a few bites and give it to someone else or toss it. No starving children will be saved by you cleaning the plate.

Then go and talk to people. Mingle, keep yourself busy and find ways to stay away from the food. Say you’ll go eat after you talk to Tom and then start talking to Sue right after that. The less you focus on the food the better time you will have anyway.

A final tip, alternate your drinks with water so you’ll consume less. Go easy on the mixers as they tend to have a lot of sugar and added calories. Stick with club soda or seltzer as a mixer with a splash of juice for taste/color. I do that and then switch to seltzer with lime.

Need more help navigating the holiday parties and foods this season? Send me an email, janinemchale@empoweredplate.com, for a complimentary 30 minute consultation. Together we will come up with a plan that is customized for you.