5 Steps to a Healthier You

Happy New Year’s Eve! Many of us have a lot of goals planned for a healthier and happier new year, myself included. Instead of setting huge goals, work on small ones that are more achievable. You are more likely to stick with them and create healthy, long term habits.

Here are 5 steps to a healthier you!

5 Steps to a Healthier You

1. Drink More Water

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How to Control Your Sweet Tooth

I have battled a sweet tooth my entire life. From candy to cookies to everything in between, I love sugar!

However, I’m always trying to cut back. In my quest to eat less of the sweet stuff, I have found some great tricks that really work. The worst time of day for me is post-dinner. I always want something sweet after a meal! Although I do cave into the craving sometimes, I can usually control it by doing one of these five things: [Read more…]

5 Portion Control Pointers

One of the single most important things you can do when watching your waistline is to watch your portion sizes. In my experience, controlling my portion size has been the main contributing factor to losing weight. So many people focus on eliminating certain foods from their diet or only eating greens and then they feel deprived and give up on their diet. I have found that when I control my portion sizes, I don’t have to worry as much about what I am eating. I am able to keep my weight in check and feel satisfied, which to me, is a recipe for success! Try these five pointers to help keep your portion sizes reasonable.

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Measure it: I know it may seem tedious, but break out the measuring cups to actually see what a 1/2-cup or one-cup serving looks like. Once you get a feel for serving sizes, you will be able to quickly gauge what a serving size should be. Don’t have any measuring cups on hand? No problem, most serving sizes should not be larger than the palm of your hand, so use that as a guide when you don’t have any way to measure your portions. [Read more…]

The Successful Path to Bathing Suit Season

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I know, right now you are probably more focused on finishing your bag of candy hearts than worrying about bathing suit season. After all, it’s still months away, right?

All the more reason to think about it now! If you start paying attention now, you won’t be panicking and trying fast fad diets come mid-May. These tips are designed to slowly get you ready to swap sweaters for swim suits slowly but surely.

  1. Drink more water and add eliminate some sugar: I’m not saying “go on a diet.” I’m saying, start watching your daily sugar intake. Write it down every time you pop a mini candy bar in your mouth or nibble one of your kid’s cookies. At the end of the week, see what all those little bites added up to.
  2. Add a 10-minute strength-training routine to your morning: Identify your problem area (particularly as it relates to bathing suit season) and start going after it. Hate your thighs? Do 10 minutes of squats and lunges while watching morning TV. Need to eliminate upper arm flab? Pull out your mini weights or stretch band and work on those for 10 minutes. These 10 minutes are all about toning up!
  3. Gradually add cardio to your day: Start by doing simple things—an extra trip or two up the stairs, parking further away at the grocery store, etc. After a couple weeks, challenge yourself to more: a walk around the block or to the park a few times a week or taking the dog out for an extra 10 minutes. Work up to power walks or jogs on the weekends, but don’t drop any of the things you’ve already added. Do this step gradually and it won’t seem like “working out.”
  4. Buy a pedometer: This simple system to tracking your daily steps is a fun way to keep yourself in check. Set weekly goals, bumping them up every week.
  5. Treat yourself: As winter melts into spring and you are looking better and better, start prepping your skin and hair for summer. Exfoliate, get a good bikini wax and add some highlights to you hair. It’ll be the finishing touch to all your hard work over the winter!

These are just a few simple tips to get you started. Eating more fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains in sensible portions along with a good exercise plan will ultimately get you to your final goal.

**This advice should never take the place of your doctor’s.

Drink This to Boost Metabolism!

Looking to jumpstart your weight loss this New Year? Try this simple drink to help flush fat and boost your metabolism. I recently saw a similar drink recipe to this on Dr. Oz (oh how I love Dr. Oz!), but I tweaked it a little to suit my own taste preferences. Each ingredient in this drink has metabolism-boosting agents that will not only help trim your waistline, but boost your energy and mood! Try to drink three to four glasses a day for optimum benefits.

Each ingredient in this drink helps boost your metabolism for a supercharged fat burning punch:

Green Tea: Green tea has thermogenic properties to help fat metabolism.

Lemons: Lemons work to slow down the rate of digestion, helping keep you full longer and keep your blood sugar levels balanced.

Ginger: According to Livestrong.com, ginger can speed up metabolism by almost 20 percent!

Grapefruit: Full of vitamin C, grapefruits will help reduce insulin levels, which will help prevent overeating and aid in fat burning.

Mint: Mint helps to promote digestion, which can help ward off extra pounds.

Ingredients:

  • Water and Ice
  • 2-3 green tea bags (depending on how strong you like it)
  • Sliced grapefruit (about ½ of a grapefruit)
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • 2-3 pinches of fresh grated ginger
  • Fresh mint leaves (about ½ cup)

Directions: 

Step 1. Fill a pitcher with water and ice and let green tea bags steep in water for 20-30 minutes.

Step 2. Take out tea bags and add sliced grapefruit, lemons, grated ginger and fresh mint leaves

Step 3. Refrigerate and drink 3-4 glasses a day for optimum benefits.