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Worth-It Wednesday!

Change is hard at the beginning, messy in the middle and Worth it in the end!  Be kind and patient with yourself.  Creating a healthy lifestyle, making changes to lose weight and shape up takes time.  Setbacks happen, but keep pushing through…it will be Worth It!!

 

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T’was the Month after Christmas!

Found this little poem, and thought it was quite cute!  It has been nearly a month since Christmas, and most of us are back to our regular routines. Many of us are trying to stick with our New Year’s Resolutions.

Hopefully, the numbers on the scales are creeping down and you feel healthier and leaner than you did a few weeks ago.  Many people are battling colds and the flu, which can slow down the process, but stick with it.  Spring is around the corner and it will be time to look FAB-U-LOUS!  Be true to yourself, keep the promises that you have made to be a better healthier you and remember, if you fall off, it’s not a fail.  It’s a small detour, and you can pick yourself back up and start over again.

T’was the month after Christmas and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d taste.
All the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).

I’d remember the marvelous meals I’d prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese

As I dressed myself in my husband’s old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt—

I said to myself, as I only can
“You can’t spend a winter disguised as a man!”

So–away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie–not even a lick.
I’ll want only to chew on a long celery stick.

I won’t have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore—
But isn’t that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!And the way I’d never said, “No thank you, please.”

 

http://www.reindeerland.org

It’s a Fish Kinda day!

salmon-picI can’t say that I am very fond of fish, in fact, I would say for the most part, I avoid it at all costs.

Growing up fish was either from a can (tuna) or covered in batter (halibut with chips).  Once in a while Dad would make a white sauce with parsley to enhance some pan-fried fish that Mom would make.  This is the only way I enjoyed fish and ate it.

When I met my husband’s family for the first time they served broiled salmon with a wedge of lemon with green beans and rice.  Not wanting to make a fuss I managed to wash it down with several glasses of apple juice.

Fast forward to present day, you will now see tins of tuna and red salmon in the pantry shelf along with frozen salmon fillets in my freezer.  Yes, somehow I succumbed to the pressure of eating more fish.  After reading many articles and books about the health benefits of fish(heart health, brain food, eye improvement, skin enhancer etc.) I decided it was worth introducing it as part of our family meal plan.

At first, I tried hiding the fish in casseroles, and cream cheese pates but little by little I began to enjoy the flavor of it and no longer need to “hide it”.  Today, not only do  I enjoy eating fish, I enjoy catching fish and eating them!  A few of my favorites are perch, sunfish, bass and even catfish (I know, right?).

If you are not a big fan of fish, give it a try!  Your body will love you for it! Bon Appetit!
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‘Twas the Night before Christmas ~ Healthy style

This little gem of a story keeps us focused on health as we creep closer to Christmas and enjoy the many celebrations during the holidays.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Everyone was exercising even the mouse
The dumbbells were stacked all in a row
Arranged in order from heavy to low

The children were skipping, with bright smiling faces
Creating natural endorphins with all of their paces
Mamma was on the treadmill, favorite song playing loud
Papa was on the spin bike, looking at his family so proud

When out on the lawn they heard such a wheeze
The family peeked out and there on his knees
Was an out of breath Santa who looked quite a mess
An overhanging belly and a face filled with stress

Many seasons of cookies had taken their toll
Not to mention the treats from the North Pole
Too much worry and not enough rest
Had left Santa a wreck, not at his best

No shortbread!, No oatmeal!, No brownies or cake!
How much more can my arteries take?
He pled without breath and asked for a chair
They obliged with a smile, hearts filled with care

“But Santa”, said the youngest, “you can say no”
“Or ask for fruit and veggies or eat paleo”
“Walk when you can and get lots of sleep”
“Try a hike up a hill, it’s fun when it’s steep”

“Don’t work so hard and laugh with your wife”
“That dear Santa is how to have a healthier life”
Santa was amazed at the child’s wise thoughts
He handed her toys, the ones that he brought

But what to his wondering eyes should he see
Toys meant for playing, toys for activity
a Football, a bike, a pink yoga mat
A kite, some sneakers, a wooden baseball bat

The family understood just how to be happy
Be active, play outside and just the occasional taffy
Moderation they knew was certainly key
Santa felt changed, he was finally free

He composed himself, ate a carrot or two
Enjoyed his short break, he had a job to do
He must tell the world, the importance of health
It’s not just about toys, excess or wealth

Up into the sky he went on his sleigh
To spread the message of health by the end of the day
At each house he left an extra item to share
A jump rope, a TRX, an exercise ball chair

The cookies he left untouched on the plate
It was time for Dear Santa to change his fate
He left a courteous note explaining his ways
That we need to do better during the holidays

Finishing his job he felt so much joy
Having helped change the fate of each girl and boy
He went home that night to tell the north pole
The new focus on health for the world as a whole.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

http://blog.fitnesstown.ca/healthy-holidays-a-poem-modeled-on-the-night-before-christmas/

Christmas shaped fruit & veggies

I am always looking for creative ways to serve food, especially when it comes to special occasions.  Since Christmas is around the corner I decided to find some cool ways to display my fruit and veggies.  Below are pictures and links to some great ideas.  Merry Christmas and Enjoy!

CHRISTMAS VEGGIE IDEA WITH CHEESE PRESENTS           CHRISTMAS FRUIT IDEAcHRISTMAS VEGGIE IDEA VEGGIE LODGE

http://www.canadianliving.com/food/christmas_tree_veggie_tray.php

http://thewhoot.com.au/whoot-news/recipes/veggie-lodge

http://positivemed.com/2012/12/06/fruit-christmas-tree/

Project You

My home is nearly 30 years old.  I can’t imagine that I have lived in the same house for that length of time. Most of my friends have moved several times, but my husband and I have remained here and raised our three children in it.

With age, the house has needed some repairs, as well as some major renovations in the bathrooms and kitchen.  Windows and roof shingles have all be replaced, as well as, the water heater and furnace.

While flooring has been changed in most rooms, the ceramic tile in the kitchen, bathroom and along the hall is showing it’s age and needs some attending to.  Come to think of it the walls could use a fresh coat of paint, our deck outside could use a face lift and I can think of a list of repairs that need attention.

Being a homeowner means that there will always be projects around the house to keep it in good repair and functioning well.  If I neglect it, the results would be disastrous.

Our bodies, are just like our homes.  We need to keep them in good repair and functioning well.  If we neglect eating well, exercising or getting our proper sleep we are doing a disservice to ourselves.  There are going to be times that we don’t follow through with proper maintenance due to the busyness, stress, celebrations, vacations etc. and that’s ok!  However, if we understand the need to work on those areas and get back on track we will be able to live healthier lives as we age.

The next time you look in the mirror, or reach for little treat remember that you are an ongoing project and it’s vitally important, for your health’s sake, to keep working on you.  You are a work in progress; upgrade, maintain and renovate.  Be good to yourself and love your body.

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Think Red!

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February is the month of Love!  The flavor of the month is chocolate.  The color of the month is Red, and the shape of the month is a heart!

With that in mind I want to turn it into a month of positive healthy experiences.

The first thing on the list is Love.  Oftentimes when we are trying to lose weight or eat healthy we can be very critical with ourselves.  The weight isn’t coming off quickly enough! The bulges are everywhere! My upper thighs look like cottage cheese!  I’ve got too many wrinkles!  My skin is sagging!  I am ugly!  I don’t like what I see in the mirror. etc. etc.  It’s a great month to put the negative self-talk away and replace it with positive affirmations.  It’s time to pamper yourself and have some “me” timeLove the skin you’re in and appreciate all that you are.  It’s time to give yourself a big hug, and a pat on the back. It’s time to praise yourself for staying on track, for choosing healthy foods, for making positive changes in your life.  Be your own cheerleader and love yourself.

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The second thing on the list is chocolate.  The smell of chocolate is in the air.  Replace milk chocolate for dark chocolate.  It is a good option to turn to when you get a craving to have some. It is low in sugar and high in cocoa. Dark chocolate is good for dry skin and erases small wrinkles and fine lines.  It shields against harmful UV rays and adds shine to your hair.  The other option is carob. The polyphenols in it are powerful antioxidants and it lowers cholesterol. It is a natural raw food that is used as a substitute for chocolate in baking and in chocolate beverages.

The third thing is Red.  We have a myriad of fruits and vegetables that are Red.  For the month of February “THINK RED” .  Eat red grapes, apples, pomegranates, red grapefruit, red berries (strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, cherries) red cabbage, radishes, beetroot, red onions, red kidney beans, tomatoes, etc.  These are all healthy and are full of antioxidants.

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The fourth thing is the shape of a heart. Love your heart! Concentrate on foods that “heart-healthy”.  Whole grains, (oatmeal) beans, legumes, fatty fish (salmon, tuna), flaxseeds, nuts and teas (flavonoids).

There are lots of ways to stay motivated this month, these are just a few ways that will keep me on track. Live simply, love yourself, love others.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/06/dark-chocolate-beauty-benefits_n_3710027.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/250365-what-are-the-benefits-of-carob/

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/25-top-heart-healthy-foods