Healthy Through the Holidays: Week 1

My gift to you: Keeping your waistline through the holidays!

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Ahhh the holiday season. It’s a time when we are surrounded by loved ones, get in the spirit of giving, and ultimately feel we have a license to eat. We indulge our every desire and wake up New Year’s day with an extra 2-5 pounds staring us in the face. If this scenario is all too familiar, I’m here to help. I want to show you how to prevent gaining any weight this holiday season. In fact, you may even feel healthier come January 1st, kick starting a NEW you!!

My gift to you for the next 5 weeks is the gift of health. I’ll be providing tips and easy recipes for healthy holiday eating that will continue to build upon the other. By the end of the month your skinny jeans will fit just like they did today! So without further adieu…welcome to WEEK ONE!

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WEEK ONE:

This is NOT a Diet.

The first thing I would like to point out is that this is not a diet. I know that is the common theme in almost every “diet” book these days but I’m really not going to show you how to “diet” in this series. My only intention is to help you maintain what you already have. Why? Because it’s difficult to lose weight this time of year. Not only is your body hoping to put on some extra insulation in the colder months, but we are surrounded by temptation. Combine that with a super hectic schedule and the odds of losing weight are not in any of our favor. Then, when you don’t see the scale going down, it’s easy to get frustrated and binge.

NO THANK YOU!

My goal is for you to feel awesome by the New Year; not mopey and sad because you gained a few pounds!

So rule #1 through this whole series is to remember that THIS IS NOT A DIET! As long as the scale is not going up, you’re doing great!

I want you to embrace your body, enjoy the holidays, and stay tuned for more tips each and every day for how to be healthy through the holidays!

RECIPE:

This was my breakfast this morning!

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Super Powered Bowl of Oats

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Old fashioned oats
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mixed frozen berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc)
  • cinnamon
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raisins or dried goji berries

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring milk to a boil. Add oats, berries, vanilla, and cinnamon, to taste. Stir in raisins or dried goji berries. Let simmer ~5 minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency. Pour in a glass bowl and top with chia seeds. Mix well and enjoy your super-powered bowl of oats!

Nutritional Profile (with whole milk and frozen blueberries): 401 calories, 11.4 g fat (4.7 g sat), 88 g carbohydrate, 15 g fiber, 13 g protein, 26 g sugar, 803 mg potassium, 80 mg sodium, 18 mg cholesterol

Vitamins and minerals: 32% calcium, 18.5 % Vitamin D, 32% iron, 13% B-12, 13% B-6, 30% copper, 16% folate, 42% magnesium

QUESTION: Are you ready for a healthy holiday season?

 

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