December 28, 2010

Happy Healthy Holiday Eating

Holiday time! For most of us it means relaxing, parties, outing and permission to eat anything and everything. People often forget the concept of a healthy diet and exercise during holidays.

It is important to keep in mind that the amount of weight gained during holidays might be a few pounds, but it is difficult to shed these few pounds in the whole year after you set back in your routine working life. These pounds then accumulate in our bodies over years and lead to obesity and other health related problems.

Tips for health during holidays -
  • Parties are common during holidays so is alcohol consumption in parties. Alcohol accounts for lot of empty calories without supplying any other nutrients to the body. Cut down alcohol consumption as far as possible. But to give company to your friends is as much important.
    In that case carry just a glass of water with a slice of lemon or red wine or fresh lime soda from the start till the end of the party.
  • While going out for dinner with friends or before going to parties fill your stomach with healthy foods at home like a bowl of salad or fruits with low fat custard or plain popcorns. This way you won’t be tempted to eat anything and everything that comes in your way.
  • Along with the outings and parties during holidays, set some time aside daily for an exercise regime. This will help to maintain your weight which goes haywire most of the time during holidays.
  • If you’re eating in some restaurants, the choice is yours. Order healthy dishes like your favorite vegetable platter, or fruit salads. Instead of deep fried fish, meat or poultry try steamed fish or grilled chicken.
  • Go to places and parties which are important to you, just don’t drop in any party. Arrive late nearly at meal time so that the starting drinks, cakes and appetizers are missed.
  • After meals avoid grazing on other heavy desserts like ice creams, pastries, or puddings. For this you can stay away from the food tables, sip water or chew a sugar free gum after a meal.
  • Food will be the center of attraction during holidays, but diet should not be forgotten.
  • Have small servings of foods instead of just overeating wrong foods. Don’t deprive yourself from your favorite food, but at the same time don’t overindulge too.
Holiday time should be ideally spent to relax, meet friends and relatives, focus should be on this part instead of just grazing on food.


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December 12, 2010

Awesome Exercise Videos

Some really great fitness clips here! I love the cardio exercises that can be done anywhere, without equipment. This site is a valuable resource if you're looking for new exercises to change up the old routine.

"Boost Energy, Blast Fat" Videos at Fitness Magazine

December 01, 2010

Eating Healthy - Starting Today!

Health and wellness should be a top priority no matter what your age. If you start the process now, it will be less of a challenge as breaking old habits becomes more difficult with age. Still, it's never too late to improve your quality and enjoyment of life! The human body responds rapidly to any change in our behavior. As a result, even a small adjustment, like choosing water over juice, very quickly pays off.

Losing weight and feeling great starts with nutrition, so if you don't know how to fuel your body effectively, get some guidance. Invest in a nutrition plan that's designed for your unique lifestyle. Research has shown that simply having a plan of action dramatically increases the probability of reaching your goal successfully. The year is almost over so what are you waiting for? It's time to take action and practice some self-care. You can do it!

Registered Dietitian, Ali Chernoff, gives some very practical tips in this Metro article.

Metro - Office eating need not be unhealthy

Here are a few highlights:
  • "The brain is fueled by carbohydrates. You have to eat carbs otherwise you can’t really function."
  • "Better carbs include brown rice, whole wheat pasta and plenty of fruits and veggies..." and bad carbs are usually found in processed foods.
  • "Healthy food can also help keep the body awake and energized so swap out refreshing water for your coffee or tea and bring a stash of fresh cut veggies to munch on at your desk. Stay away from candy bars and chips..."
  • Manage cravings " splitting your healthy meals up and eating them more often."

  • "For fruits and veggies, a single portion should be about as large as your fist. Meat servings should only be the size and thickness of your open palm."