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Tips to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

3 Dec

Image courtesy of Flickr user Bart Fields.

So, Thanksgiving is over and you’re left feeling like an overstuffed turkey. Don’t feel bad, it happens to everyone. While strutting down the street like a plump turkey doesn’t feel good, you may think you have no choice now that the holiday season is in full swing. However, that’s so not the case.

For most of us it’s true that the holiday season is not only the happiest time of the year ─ it’s also the fattest. While I don’t recommend trying to lose weight until 2014, you certainly don’t have to gain it. There’s many ways to enjoy the festive food the season has to offer without having to wear a belted Snuggie to your New Year’s Eve party, because you cant button any of your pants.

Three Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Trying not to gain weight this holiday season? Follow these tips to avoid being mistaken for Santa Claus on Christmas Day:

  1. Deepen Your Bond with the Gym: No matter how often you currently exercise, ’tis the season to spend a bit more time on the treadmill. Whether you add an additional day or two onto your workout routine or spend a little extra time doing cardio while you’re already at the gym ─ if you’re going to eat more, you’re going to need to burn more calories.
  2. Eat Healthy Between Parties: There’s no need to deprive yourself of your holiday favorites when you’re out celebrating the season. Remember, everything is okay in moderation. However, to balance out the high calorie party food, you need to dedicate yourself to following a healthy diet during your normal daily routine.
  3. Bring Healthy Dishes: There’s a good chance you’re going to be invited to a holiday potluck this season. While many people use this as an excuse to create a concoction containing three days of your allotted fat intake, it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s countless delicious, healthy recipes you can make ─ and lightened up versions of classic favorites ─ that still taste delicious, but won’t leave you with a big, fat food hangover the next day.

So there you’ll have it, the holidays don’t have to be the fattest time of the year ─ unless you choose to play it that way.

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Working From Home Without Getting Fat

9 Sep
I worked from Vegas one day last week, simply because I wanted to...

I worked from Vegas one day last week, simply because I wanted to…

When my husband and I moved to Los Angeles two months ago, I “retired” from corporate life to become a freelance writer. Working from home involves pretty much every stereotype you’re inevitably plaguing me with right now, so let’s just discuss them and move on with it already. I get up at a reasonable hour of my choosing each day, my dress code is sweatpants, and my office is usually the left side of my couch. I am the California dream baby!

One misconception I would like to clear up is the issue of eating healthy. I’ve heard that people tend to gain weight when working from home and this is one job hazard I just don’t get. Unless you live inside an all-you-can-eat buffet of lard, I don’t see how this is an unavoidable side effect.

Eating Healthy When Working From Home

  1. Shop Healthy: Unless you’ve got an unruly housekeeper on the payroll who stocks your pantry with Twinkies and Oreos, despite your desperate pleas for apples, you’re in control of the food going into your house (and your mouth). Stock your pantry with healthy food and it won’t matter if you go hog wild in the kitchen every afternoon.
  2. Exercise: When working from home, you don’t have to waste valuable parts of your day commuting to work, freeing up a good chunk of your day. Voila! Now you have no excuse not to exercise. Join a gym, become a jogger, take up yoga, or whatever floats your boat.
  3. Get Cooking: When you got tied up working late at the office or stuck in a monster traffic jam during your days as part of the standard workforce, it was understandable that you’d want to order take out instead of getting started in the kitchen at 8pm. Now your working from home, so make your commute into the kitchen and start cooking healthy dinners. You’ll save money and calories!

Six Quick & Easy Healthy Snack Ideas

13 Aug
While delicious, food trucks typically aren't to best place to find a healthy snack.

While delicious, food trucks typically aren’t to best place to find a healthy snack.

Healthy eating isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Many low-calorie snacks require lots of prep work before they’re ready to eat, which you don’t always have the time for when you’re in a hurry or just plain hungry!

While it’s a whole lot easier to grab a bag of Doritos or some cookies when you’re starving and in desperate need of food, that’s certainly not the way to go. Midday and late night binges can cause you to gain some serious weight. And fast. Instead it’s important to come up with healthy snack ideas that taste good and will fill you up.

Six Quick & Easy Healthy Snack Ideas

Practice your healthy eating habits by stocking your kitchen with these low-calorie snacks:

  • Fresh Cut Fruit: Don’t wait to wash and cut your fruit until you’re ready to eat it. Do it in advance so they’ll be no excuse not to eat it when you’re on the prowl for low-calorie snacks.
  • Greek Yogurt: Easy, healthy, and delicious, this is quite possibly the best snack ever.
  • Kale: Keep some of these leafy greens on hand to turn into delicious crispy kale chips, requiring very little effort.
  • Almonds: Healthy eating at its easiest. Opt for a handful or two, not a bowl of these satisfyingly delicious little gems.
  • Light String Cheese: An awesome snack staple that should always be kept in your refrigerator. My favorite is Frigo Light String Cheese Swirls. Apparently most of the rest of the world is also a fan, as the grocery store is always sold out.
  • Popchips: Feeling salty? Satisfy your cravings with any of the delicious Popchips flavors instead of one of their fatty rivals.

My Newest Workout Obsession: The Tone It Up Best Ab Workout Circuit

15 Apr

Summer is almost here, meaning it’s time to shed that layer of blubber that kept you warm all winter, and get in swimsuit shape!

While I’m not a huge fan of the ab workout, I do understand that it’s a major part of the bikini body package. A lot of ab workout videos either bore me or require me to move in ways that I simply cannot (or in some cases will not) do. It’s hard to make yourself do any type of exercise when you feel like you’re buying yourself a one way ticket to hell while doing it. Not fun.

Well thankfully I recently managed to find a new ab workout that I actually like! It’s from the ladies at Tone It Up, and exercises are tough, yet manageable. I am SO gloriously sore the day after, which is always encouraging because if your muscles hate you, that’s a sign you’re making them work.

Truth be told, I actually start getting sore abs during this workout (but it hurts so good). Honestly, I can only do two rounds of it at a time right now, but one of these days I swear I’m going to start doing three.