Weekly Tips for November 1, 2011

Posted on 02. Nov, 2011 by in Uncategorized

Ok, originally I thought the tips would not get done this week, you know with Halloween. Halloween is getting almost as big as the December holidays!! Well, found some time late yesterday and didn’t want to leave you hanging. So here are the tips. Welcome November, let the crazy battle of the holiday pounds and general nutz-o begin!

Tis the Season of Giving Begins

Before you head out to shop and shop and shop, take a look at your home. Are there items in your home you can donate to those less fortunate? I am sure you can find some clothes that haven’t been worn in the past 2 years, shoes that hurt your feet but not others, a gift from Great Aunt Beatrice that just wasn’t you. Take some time in the next week, check out those closets, cabinets, garage, kids’ rooms and see if there aren’t some good finds to donate.

Tips for a Great A.M. to P.M.

Daylight savings is coming. This is when it gets dark before 6pm. Everyone wants to stay indoors, cuddle up and eat comfort food. This is a great idea, but gets some me stress free time in during the day.

7:00 a.m. –Get off to a stress less day with yoga. It will lower your blood pressure.

8:00 a.m. – Boost and Shine. Keeps hair looking its healthiest with a deep mask or condition.

9:15 a.m. – Breathe easier. Skip the harsh chemicals and stock up on great natural alternatives. Target actually has a great new line.

11:00 a.m. – Tote your own tap. Swap bottled water for a reusable one. Sigg is the best stainless water bottle, but you can find other great ones at REI, Athleta, Title Nine, Wal Mart and Target.

1:45 p.m. – Walk it off. Rev up your walking work out with using more than just your feet. Punch, goal posts and hitchhike your arms while walking. Even change up your walking pace, speed, incline and distance.

5:00 p.m. – Take a new path. Shake up your routine and you will jolt your brain into a happier state. Just get lost.

6:00 p.m. – Be planet-friendly and toss that plastic bag. Get a chic eco-friendly reusable bag and add style to your shopping.

9:00 p.m. – Snack away. Curb late night hunger with a less than 80 calorie snack of light yogurt with some berries. A recent studies shows late-nighters tend to snack almost 300 calories more at night than early to bed individuals.

You can do this anywhere.

Keep this on your phone, laptop, tablet or even print it out. You can do it anywhere and should on those days that are just to crazy to get to a class or the gym.

Food for Thought

Vegetables that get a bad rap, but actually have excellent nutrition.

White Button Mushrooms (Disease fighting fungus) It is the nutritional mother lode for Vitamin D, B, and potassium and zinc.

Corn. (Surprise antioxidant agent) It gets a bad rap because of its association to high fructose corn syrup. Actually, it prevents sugar from being absorbed too quickly in high fiber foods. It controls blood sugar spikes. Has B vitamins and vision protecting lutein.

Potatoes (Super Starch). As the most consumed vegetable in the US, they are mostly eaten as saturated fat fries and chips. But, strip away the condiments, a baked potato or even boiled are nutritious. They are loaded with Vitamin B6 and C, potassium, fiber and phytonutrients. For pregnant moms, a baked potato skin is a great source of fiber and potassium for mom and baby.

Peas (Protein and fiber powerhouse) Commonly called starchy and not usually fresh. In reality, at 117 calories per cup it is a total nutritious package; 1/6 RDA of protein, mixture of Vitamins C & B; plenty of fiber, plus Vit. K1 and minerals of manganese, potassium and iron. Excellent for protection of vision.

Kidney Beans (Heart friendly legumes) As lentils may scream “health food store”, this bean is often buried in chili, soups and salads. This bean is high in fiber, practically nonfat and when combined with brown rice or quinoa almost as much protein as a red meat meal. Provides slow, steady stream of energy.

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