Tis The Season For Portion Control
how watching portions will allow you holiday sweets and treats
Tis the season where sweets and treats are abundant, tempting and in your face at the office, home, friends and just about everywhere. We are hit with a slew of temptations from now until the New Year making it harder to stick with exercise and diet. Family gatherings and holiday travel make it sometimes difficult to continue on your fitness journey. The holidays revolve around good, rich and tasty foods which you want to and should partake in especially if you have been exercising and eating right diligently for the rest of the year. The key is portion control on the rich and sweet foods. Take into consideration the fact that it is not just one meal you will be attending that will include these foods so portion control is even more important.
It is easier to control a meal if you are the one hosting, making choices to use healthier alternatives which everyone will enjoy. This is a great way to give your guests some tips so they can use them for their own entertaining. Whipping up tasty treats for family and friends is a nice gesture but sharing nutritious meal tips can help your guests maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Food choices that are lower in sugar and fat can sometimes actually taste better than the original item. Using non fat plain yogurt in place of sour cream and mayonnaise can lower the fat of items such as coleslaw and other cold salads. Even egg and tuna salad is delicious done this way. You can also use lemons, grainy mustard and yogurt for a simple yet tasty, creamy salad dressing.
This holiday season, rather than serving sugary drinks and punches use all natural Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or Steviva Brand Stevia Powder. You don’t need to cut out sweets completely, just cut down on them and savor it with a small portion.
When being a guest, make sure to select the most nutritious items offered. Find a few of treats you like but take smaller portions so that you can enjoy more than one. Don’t go overboard, this way you can sample some more at your next outing and still stay inline with your calorie intake. If there is one item in particular you like best, forego all other sweets, then get a nice serving of that which you love the most and enjoy it.
Whichever course you elect to take, remember to have a great time and exercise moderation. Portion control will be your friend that helps you make it through the holiday season with out the gift of weight gain.
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The Common Denominator in Most Illnesses
five signs of stress
Defined as “an organism's response to environmental demands or pressures”, according to a medical dictionary. For mostly all the diseases and illnesses that one person's body could contract, that are multi-factorial often, in each case stress could possibly be linked to all. The book ‘The 21st Century Stress Syndrome” describes symptoms such as “ lethargy, lowered sex drive, and weight gain” as part of the stress syndrome, also known as “adrenal fatigue”. Do you think you may have it? Sometimes we know what is going on, and other times we are too busy to pay attention, but here are a few ways that your body is telling you, you're a stress case!
1. Loss of hair: Do you see areas of your scalp that have gone bare? Is your pony tail not as thick? Or maybe you are seeing clumps of hair come out. Normally according to the Mayo Clinic, it is ok to loose 50-100 strands per day, and we have about 100,000 on the scalp, so usually those few aren't even noticed as missing.
2. Changes in Weight: If you get on the scale regularly and there is an unexplainable change, or clothes are fitting differently, your body can be under pressure and seeking more or less food to help cope with what is going on.
3. Changes in Sleep: Are you hitting snooze often? Or spending more than 8-9 hours in bed, or can operate you on way less, and find yourself more wired? Sleep is your rest repair and will often be impacted when under stress.
4. Changes in Bowels: A faux pas topic of conversation, but fluctuating between constipation or diarrhea, or either for a prolonged time is a signal that your body is having difficulty being “regular”, as in normal, and not under severe stress.
5. Constantly Worrying: Once heard as being like “negative prayer”, are you unable to stop the train of incessant thoughts about Dooms Day 2012? Do you only view the cup as half empty? The inability to see the good in things is another possible sign, you've gotten afflicted by stress.
If you have gone through this list and have one or all of these, check in with yourself, and possibly a professional to help see you through this challenging time. Always remember, “ This Too Shall Pass!”
In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.
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.
Discovering the Little Things that Make Us Happy
looking for the magic within
Life is full of little wonders that can make us happy. The sound of a baby’s laughter, a good book, the comforting smell of a favorite old sweatshirt, and the warmth from a cup of hot tea are simple pleasures that can easily put smiles on our faces. These “little things” are easily accessible to us and can be sources for experiencing happiness. A key to doing so is taking the time to put those rose colored glasses from childhood back on so you can easily find the joy in all the “little things” that life has to offer.
Finding a puppy rummaging through the laundry basket, trying on that perfect shade of lipstick, or discovering the extra change you left in your back pocket can turn into moments of delight. Like kids digging in the sandbox for buried trinkets, we may even begin to experience happiness when we engage in the seemingly mundane. Figuring out a software program can feel like deciphering a treasure map, and that first sip of tea in the morning can taste like a forbidden delicacy. Swaying to music playing on the radio can turn into an interpretive jig, riding a bike can seem like flying to the moon, and getting a phone call from that special someone can feel like winning the lottery. A pickup game of basketball becomes an exciting match among champions, and observing an elderly couple walking hand in hand can turn into a meditation on peace and contentment.
When we begin rediscovering that the little things in life can make us happy, we naturally want to share this joy with others. We may gush over a friend when we run into them unexpectedly, praise a street musician for their talents, or blow bubbles for the neighborhood kids to chase. We may even start to think of the little things we can do to make other people happy, which in turn makes us happy all over again. There is an endless supply of little things and little moments that can make us happy. All we have to do is look for them, and they’ll magically start to appear.
Low Glycemic No Added Sugar Holiday Fudge
Carbs Per Serving: 2.8 g
Prep Time:<25 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
16 ounces low fat or fat free cream cheese, softened
2 unsweetened chocolate squares (1ounce each) melted and cooled
1/2 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash to taste of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans
In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, chocolate, Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash to taste of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder and vanilla until smooth. Stir in pecans. Pour into 8-inch square baking pan lined with foil. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cut into 16 squares. Serve chilled.
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