Overcome Holiday Cravings
TIP: include some form of workouts on your list….exercise is a natural appetite suppressant.
Holiday Diet Tips to Lose Weight
I came across the following holiday diet that is designed to help you cope with the stress, paranoia, depression and delusion that builds during the holidays…
1 slice whole wheat toast
with 1 TBSP natural Peanut Butter
6 oz. skim milk
4 oz. lean broiled chicken breast
1 cup steamed spinach
1 cup green tea
1 Oreo cookie
The rest of Oreos in the package
2 pints Rocky Road ice cream, nuts, cherries and whipped cream
1 jar hot fudge sauce
2 loaves garlic bread
1 Liter of Coke
1 large sausage, mushroom and cheese pizza
3 Snickers bars
After Dinner Snack:
Entire frozen Sara Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from freezer)
Great! Now I have your attention with a smile on your face.
Unfortunately, the holiday diet scenario is quite common. I felt the need to share this with you in the hopes that awareness of holiday eating habits can bring about a more positive result.
This is the time of year when Busy Moms are easily swept up in the stress and chaos of the holiday season. All best intentions to stay on track and take care of themselves go out the window.
All it takes is overindulging in one meal and you feel like your efforts are no longer worth it. So you fall into the mindset – why try….there are too many temptations, you just want to enjoy the holiday season without feeling deprived. Funny how many of us seem to accept and settle with this mindset.
I have great news for you!
You CAN enjoy, stay on track, feel great and even Lose Weight over the Holidays! No holiday diet necessary – just simple, proven fat loss strategies to help you beat the battle of the holiday bulge.
I’ll get you started with your first holiday fat loss strategy. Yes you can enjoy the cheats and treats the holidays bring….just not every single day. Instead, plan ahead and work them into your nutrition plan.
The holiday diet mapped out above started off strong….begin the day with a high fiber, high protein breakfast, eating every 3 to 4 hours……until the treat after lunch. Map out your meals for the next 5 to 7 days and fit in those holiday treats when appropriate. This will help you stay on track and avoid feelings of deprivation.
Stay tuned for more holiday fat loss strategies. Be sure to incorporate your Fat Blasting Holiday Workout – you only need 15 minutes, 3 days a week to look and feel amazing over the holidays.
“I must say I love your exercises! My heart rate gets pumping and I sweat.” Kimberly Leonard
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An Attitude Of Gratitude – Count Your Blessings
Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the States. However, this posts relates to everyone, no matter where you live, or the time of year.
It is essential that you take the time to reflect and celebrate all that makes you unique, fortunate and what you have accomplished.
Think about it like this, the level of joy you experience in your life is in direct proportion to your experience of gratitude. So it’s important to develop an attitude of gratitude!
It is time to Be Grateful
You can have all the success in the world – a loving family, a nice home, a cool car, an amazing body……but if you are not aware of the happiness, fun and bliss this gives you, then despite your outer circumstances, your life will feel meaningless and empty.
At any moment – no matter how challenging those moments may appear to be — you can choose to stop, breathe and create gratitude, by asking these four simple questions (written by Coco Fossland)
1. What complaint, belief, or excuse can I surrender right now to feel closer to gratitude?
2. What can I be grateful for right now?
3. What is the lesson or wisdom of gratitude at this moment?
4. What action can I take right now to let in the feeling of gratitude?
Abraham-Hicks says: “Every time you appreciate something, every time you praise something, every time you feel good about something, you are telling the Universe: ‘More of this, please.’
You need never make another verbal statement of this intent, and if you are mostly in a state of appreciation, all good things will flow to you.”
What could be more powerful than that?
What are you grateful for?
Each of us, has literally, a never-ending stream of reasons to be grateful. Create your list today.
I am grateful for….
- my family
- the ability to experience their unconditional love
- the ability to connect with and share Tyler’s joy of the little things in life
- having a husband who can see the very best in me
- having friends who support my highest good
- having the opportunity to give to others
Make sure you have an attitude of gratitude!
Have 15 Minutes For A Fat Blasting Holiday Workout?
The Truth about How to Burn Holiday Fat
Thanksgiving marks the start of a 6-week period where we are bombarded with strategies to burn off the dreaded holiday weight gain. However, many are generic and flat out useless.
These strategies will do nothing to help you burn holiday fat.
It is amazing how every article posted tells you that you simply need to Burn More Calories – but leads you to believe this is easily accomplished by engaging in some form of cardio; cooking, shopping, walking, etc.
There are a few reasons why this will not lead to a successful way to burn holiday fat.
1. You are essentially being punished. You are told that if you eat excess calories, it’s going to cost you and you will have to make up for the “damage done”. I thought the holidays were meant to be enjoyed and spent with a bit of joy and cheer – not wasted on such a negative mindset based on fear and punishment. What good can come from it?
2. How much time do you have? If moving more is THE solution, are you ready to make the time to add in the extra activity?
EX – Eat a piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream = 450 calories
Misleading Solution – Brisk Walking, burn 3-5.7 calories per minute, do you have 80 to 150 extra minutes just to burn this one indulgence off? What about all the other treats?
3. Do you want to Maintain or Achieve?
“So go ahead and indulge, just plan on some extra time on the treadmill, and you will be back to your pre-holiday weight.”
This is a quote that is floating around out there! Yes, there is a difference between maintaining your weight over the holidays VS. not going overboard, gaining weight only to end up working your butt off to get back to where you started – if that.
4. “The best way to burn holiday fat is on a treadmill” – NOT!
“Treadmills are one of the most efficient means of burning calories. That is due to the fact you exercise one of your bodies largest muscle groups, your leg muscles.” Once again another piece of misleading information. Traditional cardio is not the solution to fat loss. It does little to nothing to boost your metabolism.
It is amazing that the basic principles of Fat Loss are abandoned during the holidays. Most people are obsessed with how many calories are burned during a workout, but one of the keys to losing fat is making sure your body continues to burn lots of calories 24 to 48 hours after the workout. You can easily gain control, boost your metabolism and make your body work for you over the holidays. Your Holiday Fat Loss Solution lies in moderation and Short Burst Resistance Training.
Stick around ~ tomorrow I’ll be sharing one of my favorite ways to burn holiday fat!
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No time to Eat? Need Healthy Meals In A Hurry?
My favorite healthy meals in a hurry take less than 5 minutes to prep! Ingredients are cheap and easy to keep on hand. Each meal contains a quality protein – which is essential in every meal, to not only provide your body with vitamins and minerals necessary for growth, but to keep you satisfied and help BOOST your Metabolism!
Enjoy and feel free to add your own creative twists to these healthy meals in a hurry.
~Add salsa and veggies – tomatoes, onions, etc. Eat open face, I love mine on a bed of spinach. Or make into a sandwich, serve on toasted Whole Grain bread, wrap in a Whole Wheat tortilla or serve on a Whole Grain bagel.
~ Add Hummus and veggies – tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, etc.. Eat open face, tasty to serve in a bed of romaine. Or make into a Whole Wheat wrap.
~ Crack 1-2 egg or egg whites onto a slightly toasted WW English muffin. Cook in microwave or in toaster over until firm. Grab a piece of fruit and you are good to go.
Soy, Bean Burrito
~ Add black beans, tofu crumbles, shredded cheese, diced jalapenos to a Whole Wheat tortilla. Eat warm or cold.
~ Scrambled eggs wrapped in Whole Wheat tortilla topped with cheese, salsa and spinach.
Remember, the key to making healthy meals in a hurry is to plan ahead. Have a plan for what you are going to eat, make sure the foods are available and your “no time to eat” delima is solved!
Metabolism Boosting Snacks when Time is Short
One of the most common concerns of Busy Moms is finding the time to eat. If eating every 3 hours is key to boosting your metabolism and burning more fat, quick and easy snack choices are a must.
Unfortunately Busy Moms fall prey to all the bad stuff that falls into the “fast” and “easy” categories – chips, 100 calorie packs, candy bars, muffins, power bars, breakfast bars etc.
Yes, even if they are “Low Cal – 100 calorie packs” Sugar Free, Low Fat, Fat Free….Doesn’t matter!
Low-Fat and Fat Free foods have proportionately more simple carbohydrates. Simple carbs, not fat, are the most fattening foods per calorie – especially empty, refined carbs. These unnatural foods are nutrient poor and signal to your body that you are nutritionally deprived or starving.
Listen up! Processed foods have a negative effect on your body. Your body thinks it’s starving since it is not getting enough nutrients and begins to STORE FAT as a survival mechanism.
The QUALITY of your food choices plays a HUGE role in your body’s ability to shed as much fat as possible in the shortest time possible. You can accomplish this by choosing to eat more whole, natural foods.
Benefits of Metabolism Boosting Snacks:
~ your body will burn more calories digesting these HIGH Quality Foods
~ you will stave off hunger becuase you are satisfied
~ feeling satisfied crushes cravings
~you will have more energy
~your body will burn more fat
Awareness is the first step.
Preparation is the second step. Put aside a day to plan and prepare or at the very least just 5 minutes each night to make and pack your own “fast food” items. Have your snacks ready and set aside so that you can grab them in the morning and go.
On the Go? Think “portable”. Make your metabolism boosting snacks work for you. Options like meal replacement shakes, canned tuna/chicken, beef jerky, almonds, whole wheat crackers, fresh/dried fruit and small boxes of ready-to-eat breakfast cereal (see cereal guidelines under Burn Fat with Breakfast ) are all good choices that are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Some of my Favorite Metabolism Boosting Snack Combos are…
Granny smith apple/raw almonds
Deli Turkey/Laughing Cow Cheese/red grapes
WW Mini Bagel/peanut butter/raisins
Vanilla Yogurt/walnuts/fresh blueberries
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