Don't Get Weighed Down By Holiday Bingeing
5 great tips on how to avoid the gift of holiday weight gain
It’s hard to believe that a year has nearly past and the holidays are now on top of us. Since the holidays are close at hand, Steviva Brands president Thom King is here to offer you some sound advice that may make a difference. Here are a few tips to get you through the holidays without being burdened with seasonal weight gain and disappointment that follows:
How to Avoid the Gift of Holiday Weight Gain.
1. Do not try to lose weight during the holidays. Simply maintaining will be a huge accomplishment.
2. Expect the holidays to be a challenge. The Holidays are filled with potential pitfalls that will erode your discipline. Sometimes this will put pressure on you. Prepare for it and you will prevail.
3. Get support for eating properly. Find a support partner and speak with them daily. This really makes a difference. If you resist this suggestion, then you will probably gain Holiday weight. Weight loss is best done with the help of a support system, particularly during a stressful time. If you attempt to go it alone you will definitely increase your chances of failure. So get a buddy!
4. Be cognizant of family issues. Holidays usually mean time with family. If your family puts the fun in dysfunction you can expect unresolved family issues to emerge. This can create powerful emotions in you. You may feel the the desire to self-medicate with food to cope with these emotions but, don't this will lead to weight gain and potential self loathing. If you identify these issues prior to family gatherings, you will be better prepared to manage the feelings they generate.
Almost all overeating is due to emotions. This rings true regarding holiday pig outs. Holidays bring up feelings of loneliness, family conflict, past hurts and resentments, anger and many other painful emotions. These stressors combined with the easy availably of comfort food can lead to the perfect weight gaining storm.
If you know your baggage, you can make proactive decisions about how to manage it. If you simply walk into family gatherings like the wounded wildebeest into a tribe of hungry lions, you can count on a mad dash to the dessert table.
Everyone carries some family baggage. You are not alone in this. A dose of self-reflection and inner honesty will go a long way towards helping you no balloon up during the coming season.
5. Let family members know that you are trying hard not to succumb to holiday weight gain and that you want their support. Ask them to resist tempting you to eat food that will throw you off and to provide you some fresh veggies and sugar free delights.
It's really important to have a support mechanism. Somebody you can count on. Find a good buddy and then use them for encouragement and strength to do what needs to be done. You don’t need to handle family drama alone.
We have found that the more dysfunctional the family, the more support you will need to handle them. If you choose to walk this path alone, you may quickly find that you are lost in a food vortex.
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Within you at this moment is the power to do things
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In fact, if you did all the things you are capable of doing,
you would literally astound yourself.
This power will come available to you
the moment you change your beliefs.
You know what you are today,
but not what you may be tomorrow.
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have anything you wish to have,
be anything you wish to be.
Never say never.
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Six Great Ab Exercises That Will Battle The Bulge
1. Range-of-Motion Crunches
Come almost back to the starting point to complete each rep of a set of crunches, but don´t go all the way to the floor and release the tension on your abs. Hold and squeeze your abs for a second or two at the top of the movement. Use full range of motion for fewer repetitions instead of pumping hundreds that only move a few inches.
2. Vertical Leg Crunch
Want to get more out of your crunches? Do them with your legs straight up. Contract your abs to curl your torso up while you extend your arms toward your feet.
The vacuum is an old abdominal exercise where you just suck in your stomach and hold it for a couple of seconds. Some of the old time bodybuilders were very impressive with this one as a pose. You can use it for a little extra ab conditioning now and then just about wherever you are.
4. Better Crunches
For exercising abs, it is good to do crunches with your back on the ground, your thighs perpendicular to the ground, and your calves parallel to the ground. Then lift keeping your back straight, hold for a few seconds, and lower slowly. As you do this, breathe out when lifting yourself, then in when lowering back to the floor.
5. Try Bench Crunches
Try the bench crunch for a challenging ab workout. Lie on your back with your lower legs on a bench, knees bent 90 degrees. With your lower back on the floor, cross your arms over your chest and curl up slowly, raising your shoulder blades off the floor.
6. Negative Sit ups
Try negative sit ups for a good ab workout. Start in a sitting position on the floor or an ab bench, knees bent and feet on the floor. Contract your abs and keep them tight while you lower yourself slowly, curling down back first until you´re lying on the floor, or until you lose control. Push yourself back up and repeat.
Keeping yourself hydrated during your ab work out will make it even more effective. Don't forget to drink plenty of water! What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder. Now, starting working those abs.
This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.
We Are Not Separate, We are United By Spirit
"Beliefs separate. Loving thoughts unite."
-- Paul Ferrini
Our ego focuses on how we are different from the rest of the world. Our soul lives when we experience how we are the same.
Any time you separate yourself from other people or from situations, you know your personality is in control. At such times, shift your perspective to build connection and you will move into soul.
As our picture of life becomes larger, more things make sense and we have a greater playing field for life to unfold - naturally.
"As a holistic being you shatter the illusion of your separateness and reveal your connection to everything. This empowers you in a way that the ego-driven self could never contemplate."
-- Wayne Dyer
Low Glycemic Sugar Free Holiday Cinnamon Cookies
Carbs Per Serving: 8.8 g
Prep Time:<35 minutes
2 Tablespoon water
1/4 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or 1/4 cup of applesauce with 1/8 teaspoon of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cup whole grain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Beat eggs and water until light and fluffy. Beat in Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or 1/4 cup of applesauce with 1/8 teaspoon of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and cinnamon. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in sifter; sift half of the dry ingredients over egg mixture. Fold to completely blend. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets, 2 to 3 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Total Calories: 964
Calories Per Serving: 48.2
Total Fat: 14.4g
Saturated Fat: 0.8g
Total Carbohydrates: 176g
Carbohydrates Per Serving: 8.8g
Dietary Fiber: 2.2
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