The New Year is here. NYE is a time for friends, family and celebrating with people you love. If you went slightly crazy on the bubbles, here are some simple tools to get your body back in check so you can have a beautiful January 1, 2013.
- Eggs – with the yolk. Egg yolk contains cysteine. Cysteine breaks down the toxin acetaldehyde in your liver, causing your hangover.
- Coconut Water. Coconut water is a great source of potassium, calcium and chloride. The electrolytes in coconut water will help your body rehydrate and boost energy levels. Coconut water has more natural electrolytes than any sports drink and is a better option.
- Bananas. Alcohol drains your body of potassium. Bananas are packed with potassium, which will assist your body in a faster recovery from the night before.
For everyone with NYE resolutions, do not try and do everything all at once! Strive for progress, not perfection. Have goals but make them realistic and manageable.
Eat normally and don’t skip meals or eat less during the day in anticipation for a huge feast at night. If you do, it will be very hard to tell when you are actually full and you will end up overeating – more than you normally would. Don’t focus on the ‘feast’ focus on family, friends and why you are at your meal – to be around the people you love.
Eat your Turkey first. Turkey is a great protein source, and protein keeps you more satisfied and full for a longer amount of time. It also stabilizes your blood sugar levels which will reduce your desire for seconds and thirds of those sugary sweets. Go for the light meat instead of the dark meat; light meat has less saturated fat (the unhealthy fat) than the dark.
Be real; cook with real cranberries and real pumpkin, not the canned version. Canned cranberries are loaded with overly processed sugar, chemicals and other preservatives.
Most importantly, be grateful for everything in life your life and spread the holiday love. Happy Thanksgiving!
Halloween is a time for friends, family, costumes and candy. Yes, there are delicious healthy choices like apples and nuts but I am always about listening to your body, balance and never depriving yourself. Depriving your body does more damage than good and eventually leads you to overeating then continuing an unhealthy cycle. That being said, if you are going to indulge this holiday go for some dark chocolate! Here are some of the delicious, divine benefits of going dark:
- Dark Chocolate increases blood flow to the heart and the brain, improving cognitive function (thought processing).
- Candy is normally associated with cavities. Dark chocolate contains Theobromine which hardens your tooth enamel lowering the risk of cavities.
- Dark chocolate is high in potassium and copper. Copper and potassium are great for cardiovascular health.
- Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. Eating antioxidant rich foods help protect your body against certain types of cancer, infection as well as help slow down the signs of aging.
I have clients who know how to eat right but find it very hard to learn balance. Here are some tips I give them to help them establish a healthy relationship with food.
Be in tune with your cravings. Indulge in a balanced way and never deprive yourself. Depriving your body will only lead to a damaging cycle of binging and then more deprivation. Your body craves certain foods for a reason. Be in tune with what your body wants and eat a moderate portion consistently so it is not considered a forbidden food.
Eat mindfully, slowly and enjoy the process. Everyone is always on the go and has a million things to do. Make an effort to take time and chew each bite of your meal consciously while enjoying the food you put into your body. Learn to savor the few minutes you have to nourish yourself while taking a break from your crazy day.
Don’t extreme diet. Live an overall healthy balanced lifestyle. Extreme dieting is a recipe for disaster. Not only does it harm your body physically but emotionally it will take a toll on your true hunger levels. Diets do more damage than good – make gradual changes over time.
It’s Halloween time! While you are spending your day at the pumpkin patch munch on some pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a great healthy snack. ¼ of a cup (a good snack size) contains 7g of protein, 230mg of potassium and heart healthy monounsaturated fat. Not to mention a variety of other minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium. The combination of protein and healthy fat will give you energy until your next meal without spiking your blood sugar levels. Pumpkin seeds also are an energy powerhouse containing a variety of different B-vitamins such as B12 and B6. If you are carving pumpkin save the pumpkin seeds and roast them later for a healthy Halloween treat. Don’t be afraid to spice up your seeds with some delicious metabolism boosting spices like cinnamon, cayenne pepper or garlic.
Nobody likes being sick. Start building up your immune system by incorporating these foods into your diet so you can be strong and vibrant through the holidays.
Vitamin-C boosting foods: red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, dark leafy greens and strawberries.
Get your minerals, especially zinc. Some foods high in Zinc are peanuts, pumpkin seeds, squash, garbanzo beans, sesame seeds, dark chocolate and garlic. Go for some dark chocolate on Halloween since it is right around the corner.
Carotene rich foods help support the thymus gland (which supports your immune system). Colored vegetables such as carrots and squash are great choices as well as dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale.
Clean out your digestive track with live cultures of bacteria found in yogurt or kefir. FAGE Greek yogurt is my personal favorite.
Never go to a party starving. Always have a healthy snack before (almonds are a great choice). When munching on appetizers make choices that will fill you up. Focus on foods that will provide you with fuel. Protein rich foods are great choices, some examples are thinly sliced turkey, shrimp cocktail and other fish or poultry. If you just want to munch, go for some veggies. Cheese is another good protein source, just in moderation. It is all about balance: choose a couple of treats that look appealing but save room for dinner later on. Do not just fill up on appetizers and think you will not be hungry for a real meal in a couple of hours. Be aware of how hungry you really are and mindful of your choices. Have a plan, be social, have fun and enjoy yourself!