Say NO to Weight Gain This Holiday Season

bathroomscale250x209Did you know that the average person gains anywhere from 1 to 12 pounds during the holiday season alone? With the many holiday get-togethers coming up and all the delicious yet fattening treats that'll surely be served, to assure this doesn't happen to you, a plan of action is needed to assure you won't go into the New Year being heavier than before.

Here are some simple holiday diet tips and tricks to help you avoid the holiday weight gain that afflicts so many people.

1. Get Moving - Start an exercise regime now to get your metabolism in fat burning mode. You can workout at home by simply purchasing a few exercise videos or hand weights. You can also become involved in outdoor sports. As little as 30 minutes of exercise a day can make a huge difference in maintaining weight or shaping up muscles. If you need motivation, call some friends and have them join you.

2. Map out your events on a calendar - By taking this first step you can plan in advance how those parties will fit into your weekly meal plan so that you stay within the desired weekly calorie range to prevent weight gain.

3. Eat before you go - we talk about this before but if you eat a sensible snack or small, healthy meal before you leave for a party or occasion where there will be fattening foods you'll be less likely to have your eyes make decision for you. Don't eat so much that you won't want to eat at all, but enough that it will curb your appetite. Again, by having something healthy in your system already, you'll be less likely to spurge too much. The less sugary, fattening foods you eat, the less weight will creep onto your body during the holidays.

4. Avoid temptation by allowing yourself to indulge a little - For those holiday parties and get family gatherings, allow yourself to indulge on one item such as the appetizers or the dessert - but not both. At the event, try to avoid temptation as much as possible. You may not be able to avoid all temptation but you don't have to stay right by the food table. Get a small plate instead of a larger one, put on it a few things you'd really enjoy and then move as far away from the food as possible.

5. Stay away from empty calorie beverages such as alcohol- At the events drink something other than alcohol which has more calories than you might imagine. Drink lots of water - One of the best ways to avoid gaining weight during the ‘season of eating' is to drink a full 16-ounce glass of water before eating. If you fill your stomach up with water you'll be less likely to overeat. Does this mean you won't be able to enjoy any of your favorite holiday foods? Absolutely not! It simply means you won't want to eat as much as you would if you hadn't had the water

6. Don't eat after 7:00 pm - Research show that the earlier in the day foods are eaten, the more likely they are to be burned off. Therefore, eating late at night will almost assure that the food you eat will be stored as fat. Celebrities and professional athletes use this knowledge to their advantage and refuse to eat after a certain time at night. With this in mind, try using your natural body physiology as an ally in your weight control battle by making 7:00 p.m. your cut off. If your holiday party starts late, try to avoid those late night Hors d'oeuvres.

7. Eat healthy during the rest of the days - Be sure to eat healthy foods during the rest of the day when you know you have an event to attend. Your daily goal of seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day will allow you to fill up with good things rather than things which aren't so good for you. With this weight control strategy, if you've eaten well throughout the day, eating a small amount of sweets won't be so bad

These are only a few ideas to help you say no to weight gain this holiday season. Be creative when it comes to holiday eating. Don't deprive yourself when it comes to holiday goodies but learn to use moderation to avoid gaining extra pounds this year. If losing a few pounds is part of your 2011 New Year's Resolution and you'd like our help be sure to to fill out our weight loss survey and you'll receive a FREE body fat analysis.


Healthy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love

N_pumpkinseeds_300x200Just because it's Halloween doesn't mean you have to forget your family's health. There are more nutritious ways to enjoy the night. By all means let your kids hit the neighborhood and gather a bag of goodies, but temper that with a few nutritious treats of your own. If you are planning a Halloween party for the kids, put out a mix of healthy treats alongside the not-so-healthy favorites.

Here are a few ideas for healthy ghostly treats for your kids:

Trail Mix - This is a mix of snack foods that kids will love. Pick raisins, nuts, cereals, and any other dry foods your kids like to eat. Mix it all together and place it front-and-center so they can grab a handful as they run from one game to the next.

Celery and carrot skeleton - Cut thin strips of celery and carrots and arrange them to create a skeleton body on the plate. Form a low-fat cheese ball creation for the skull, carve out the eye sockets and fill with raisins. Stick the cheese knife right into the skull for more eerie fun.

Pumpkin seeds - When you carve up the pumpkins don't forget to save the seeds. Roasted and salted pumpkin seeds are a good after-carving snack. Let kids lay them flat on a baking sheet and watch them roast in a 400 degree oven.

Muffins - Finger foods like muffins can be sweet tasting like cupcakes but more nutritious. Try pumpkin muffins, zucchini muffins, or banana muffins for great taste and less sugar. Decorate the muffins just like you would cupcakes.

Chocolate spoons - Make your own chocolate treats using dark chocolate. It is healthier than milk chocolate because it contains more cocoa solids. Melt dark chocolate onto black and orange plastic spoons. Freeze them until the chocolate sets. Wrap them in cellophane and place them on the party table. The kids can lick them as a treat or swish them around in a cup of hot chocolate for extra flavor.

Caramel apples - Slice the apples for easier eating. Put the slices in individual bowls and drizzle the caramel over the top. You can sprinkle the apples with chopped nuts if you wish. A little caramel goes a long way, and it keeps the calories and sugar at a minimum.

What will your kids eat this Halloween? It doesn't just have to be candy. Give them candy in moderation, but let the bulk of the snacks you create be of a healthier variety.


Healing Humor - Laughter Can Help

eating-appleHave you ever heard that laughter is the best medicine?

Actually it is. Laughter therapy teaches people to get in touch with their feelings through humor.

Now, it's a given that all situations in life are not funny. In fact, when you are seeking therapy, it is usually for something serious that needs to be dealt with so that you can continue to live your life. In this case, laughter is used as a means to an end and not as a way to make light of your situation.

Let's look at the anatomy of laughter. What happens when you laugh? First of all, your abs start to hurt (not a bad thing if you are trying to tone them in addition to other things). That is a sign of a deep belly laugh, a "side splitter" as they call it.

But what about after you stop laughing and catch your breath? You feel better. Laughter releases those endorphins in the brain, the body's natural "mood enhancers." You wipe the laughing tears and your eyes seem a little brighter. If something was bothering you, it's no longer taking over your entire thought process.

Laughter is used as a gateway in therapy. As a child or according to sex, we are often told to stifle certain feelings - anger, sensitivity, sadness; the list goes on. When these feelings are stunted, they don't simply disappear from our emotional repertoire. They get buried deep. Repressed feelings have been the subject of more than one psychological dissertation.

More and more, professionals are beginning to realize that repressed emotional states affect the body, not just the mind. You could be crippling your physical and emotional wellbeing when you don't express what you are feeling inside. But, you need a non-threatening environment to do so.

That is where laughter therapy can help. Let's say that from a young age you were told that angry feelings lead to violence. For so long, you have repressed anger and it has led to ulcers and more than one broken relationship.

Through laughter, you can get in touch with that anger. Your therapist can use humor to help you deal with a situation that angered you. Since you are still probably not ready to express anger, laughter can be the way to get you to release that anger in a controlled environment. With the laughter come tears, anger, fear and all the other emotions we try to hide. Humor helps you see your problems from a different perspective, which breaks down barriers needed to proceed with the therapeutic process.

How can you encourage laughter even after the therapy session? Watch a funny show or read funny comics or stories on a regular basis. The more you enhance your mood, the more you will strive to experience humor to help you deal with the other emotional states in your life.


Time To Detoxify Your Body

Time to DetoxifyEver wonder why your body sometimes feels sluggish yet you're not sick? You try to be energetic and get outside to do something productive but your body is just not up to it. To address the problem, you resort to gulping up cups of coffee, eating more or maybe taking a cigarrette, thinking it'll make you more lively afterwards. For a while, you feel good; unknowingly though, you're accumulating toxins in your body. With this scenario happening more and more, you might need to detoxify!

What are toxins?

Toxins are agents that are able to cause body harm. There are two kinds of toxins, the Exogenous or external toxins and Endogenous or internal toxins. The Exogenous toxins come from external sources such as car fumes, tobacco smoke, drugs, factory pollution, etc. On the other hand, the Enogenous toxins come from viral or bacterial infection. Due to metabolism, the body creates its own toxin called Autogenous toxins.

These harmful substances are eliminated in the body in a process called Detoxification.

Detoxification is the removal of stored toxic products from the bowel, the blood, liver, and kidneys including the great amount of toxic substances stored in body fat. Naturally, the body detoxifies itself all day. The peak of detoxification occurs when the body is rested during sleep until noon. This is a way for the body to eliminate the toxins acquired from pollution, stimulants and nutrients. Unfortunately, this natural process becomes overloaded trying to keep up with the demands our lifestyle and environment puts it through.

Fortunately, we can assist this natural detox process. The easiest way is with a natural food detox program which transitions to what I call a smart eating program designed to change your diet from poor to healthy by incorporating only organic lean meats, fruits and vegetables.

For the ever busy people, you can substitute stimulants with natural food choices to acquire a healthy and active body. The most common stimulants to be substituted are refined white sugar, coffee, diet pills, cigarettes and red meat.

Here are some suggestions:
Sugar has a stimulating effect. Hence, we feel invigorated when we drink colas. What we do not know, refined white sugar has detrimental effects on the body. Examples of products containing refined white sugar are cola and ketchup. It is advised to cut down on it by using brown sugars like cane sugar which is natural. Fruit juices also give the same kick as to refined white sugar.

Late night workers resort to drinking coffee to keep them awake. As natural substitute to coffee with a detoxifying effect is Japanese or Chinese green tea. The Japanese or Chinese green tea gives the same kick because it also contains caffeine but it does not contain substances that are irritating to the stomach.

Diet pills are also stimulants for the body to be kept alive. This may be observed among athletes specially, during time for competitions because they give more energy. They are being taken albeit the toxic effect in the body. In lieu of this, athletes must take fruits instead due to their natural detoxifying effects.

For cigarette smokers who think smoking stimulates their mind to think, they must think twice for smoking causes cancer. If they take carrots, they will experience the same effect in a more natural way.

For red meat lovers who really feel good and strong after feasting on said food, they better think about cutting on it. Fish is a better substitute.

Here are a few more ideas to help you remove toxins from your body:

#1 - Drink water. Drinking plenty of fresh, natural water will help your body rid itself of built up toxins. Try to avoid drinking sodas and sugary juices which can make the problem worse and instead stick to water as your drink of choice. And remember coffee and tea can dehydrate the body and undo all the good work, so drink an additional glass of water for each caffeinated drink you consume.

#2 - Exercise. Exercise is one of the best ways to remove toxins from the body. We all need to move and vigorous exercise will not only help you feel good but you'll also build a healthy body and mind. In the process you'll clean toxins out of your system through sweat. click here for our cardio training tips.

#3 - Use the sauna. Many believe that saunas have a similar effect in clearing toxins as exercise. It's not for everyone but may be worth a shot. Don't use the sauna for prolonged periods and ensure that it's okay with your medical practitioner.

#4 - Eat fiber. Eating plenty of whole natural grains and vegetables ensures that our bodies get enough fiber. The toxins in your system will bind to these toxins and be swept out of your body on a regular basis. Eating plenty of fiber is one of the best ways to rid yourself of toxins and create better all around health. This means healthier skin too.

#5 - Eat fruits and vegetables. Both are high in fiber which is great for the body but also contain a high antioxidant count. Antioxidants help the body relieve itself of toxins. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will mean and healthier you.

#6 - Avoid junk. Junk can be found in fast food, pre-packaged foods and microwavable meals. These types of foods contain added preservatives and chemicals which are harmful to our bodies and can make skin conditions worse. Avoid these junky foods and instead opt for whole, natural foods as much as possible.

#7 - Try a therapeutic total body detox. Many experts believe that a detox diet can help rid of the body of excess toxins while reducing overall body fat. The Body Focus Cleanse21 Therapeutic Detox combines real food with nutritional supplements such as a probiotic, immunity booster and an organic greens and fruit blend. Developed by Dr. Steven Nelligar, this 21 day program is a great option for anyone who is looking to jump start their wellness or weight loss plan and should be repeated every 4 months to keep your body functioning at its optimal level.

Toxins are unfortunately all around us. Many natural health experts believe that it's the build up of these toxins in our bodies that lead to ill health and conditions colon disease. Therefore, by removing these toxins we can create a more healthy body.


Acne Skin Care

Acne Skin CareAcne is defined as a diseased condition of the skin that involves the hair and oil glands. It is characterised by pimples, black/white heads, reddishness and cysts. Face acne can spoil your appearance to a great extent and body acne can really ruin your day by making you very uncomfortable. Considering acne as a minor problem, some people tend to totally discard the topic of ‘Acne skin care'. However, the importance of acne skin care cannot be undermined in any way.

This type of skin care is more about being proactive than reactive and should really start long before the acne actually appears. So let's take a look now at how acne skin care can be applied to our daily routine.

Acne skin care starts with the most basic thing - morning showers are the most basic way of keeping your skin clean. If you are living in a hot and/or humid place, a night shower becomes a must. In fact, a shower is recommended after any activity that causes high levels of sweat to develop. It's a very effective acne skin care technique.

Besides that, you should also use a mild, water-soluble, oil-free and soap-free cleanser for keeping your face, neck and arms clean. Cleansing is the most important part of any acne skin care routine. Cleaners are the easiest and the most effective way of removing dirt, grease, pollutants and excess oil from your skin; thus reducing the probability of acne occurrence. There are various acne skin care creams and lotions available over-the-counter. It is also recommended to remove your make up using a make up remover, and this should happen before you go to bed (not in the morning). In the same sense, if you are a woman, it is also recommended that you clean your make-up brush and any equipment that you use on your body.

Acne skin care is also about wearing clean clothes and sleeping on clean pillows. Moreover, too tight clothes can cause sweat to accumulate quickly; so soft and comfortable cotton clothes are recommended, especially if you already have acne. In the same sense, ‘acne skin care' also advocates regular cleaning of your make-up brush and any equipment that you use on your body.

If you already have acne, do not try to touch them or squeeze them; it can lead to permanent scars. There are various acne skin care creams and lotions available over-the-counter;however, if these ‘acne skin care' tips don't give you the desired results, you can contact our office for specific acne advice and treatment.


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Body Focus System Weight Loss Success

I'm a 40 something year old guy that over the last 10 years has slowly but surely gained weight. I have never been the type of guy to diet, but after having to go for sleep apnea testing, starting medication to control my high blood pressure, and being 40 pounds overweight, found it was time to do something.

I went to a Body Focus System seminar to hear what they had to say and I was surprised. The Detox is what really got my attention. I had always wanted to try a detox, but did not like the thought of having only liquids or having to drink some crazy mixture that tasted like who knows what.

I decided to sign up and give this "diet" a try. I cannot tell you how happy I am that I did! Let me first tell you about the detox. I started with the fruit detox in August and from the first day there was more to eat than I ever expected. I always assumed a diet would be about eating food you don't like and trying to forget about how hungry you are. With the detox, there were days that I was eating a snack before I was even hungry. I lost over 7 pounds during the detox eating fruits that I like and not feeling hungry at all.

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Alex D. / Columbia NJ

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