Monday, November 24, 2014

9 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Statistically, you are going to gain weight this holiday season! 
In fact on average people gain 7-10 pounds between thanksgiving and new years.

So, what's the harm in a little holidays weight gain?
According to researchers at the national Institute of health, most Americans never loose the weight they gain during the winter months. 
The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in obesity. 
When I was morbidly obese, life was awful. I had and still have a loving family, supportive husband and a thriving business, however the extra 100+ pounds I was carrying was killing me. I was often tired, short tempered and just plain unhappy. 
So, yes! those few pounds adding up can really cause harm to your overall health. 
Now I am at a much healthier weight, happier and understand that maintaining a healthy weight is going to be part of my daily lifestyle. 
The moment I took 100% responsibility for my health, my life took the best healthy turn it could have.

Here are 9 simple ways to keep your weight under control during the most festive time of the year.

1. Weigh yourself
I literally HATE the scale & honestly I do not typically weigh myself anymore. I feel the scale is not the judge all in our overall health. The best example I have is the fact that I have weight less in the past but I am not in a smaller size, because I have more muscle tone.  I judge my weight/health by the way I feel and how well my clothes fit. However its a proven fact that majority of folks will gain during the festivities of the holidays which makes it more important to stay focuses and use the scale a tool.
The holidays are not the time to avoid your scale. If you see the pounds creeping on, stop more weight gain as soon as you see it. Be proactive in avoiding holiday weight gain.

2. Write it down
Food journaling works best if you record your food and beverage intake as you go. Write down what, when, where and the quantity that you eat. Make sure to include all snacks and beverages even if you grab just one cracker on your way out the door. I use and love the Shaklee 180 app. This app does all this and includes tracking and calculating activity/exercise. The 180 app is free with the purchase of any 180 product kit.

3. Make time to exercise
Exercise helps you de-stress and clear your mind of all that you need to do this holiday season. 

Walk the mall before you start shopping, take a new exercise class or practice some yoga or stretching to relax. If it’s too cold to exercise outside, treat yourself to some special cold weather workout gear. Working out in cooler weather can be invigorating, as long as you have the right clothes to stay comfortable. 

My turn to inhume exercise routine is a burst style training you can find this at

4. Breathe
If you are a stress eater, consider an alternative to eating when you need a break. Just sitting silently with your eyes closed at any point during your day, or when you feel stressed, is very helpful for keeping yourself in balance. Remember, it doesn’t have to be for a long period of time: even just one minute of relaxing breaths in the midst of a busy holiday season goes a long way!
If you are anything like me, your body does not handle stress very well. WhatI mean is what is going on inside your body that you cannot see (No, I'm not just talking about flipping your lid! lol). Im talking about the inflammation on your body while it tries to physically deal with stress. I have been taking Stress Relief Complex for many month now & WOW! I feel calmer, when in the past I many have been. I rest better at night. My boys tell me I smile more!

5. Don’t skip meals
Skipping meals often backfires. If you skip meals, you may overeat at the next meal, or let your hunger make bad food choices for you. I always have healthy snacks and drinks on me, that may be a mom thing though! ha!ha!

As a busy Mom-on-the-Go, quick meal replacements and energy boosting snack bars 
keep me going strong and hunger in check.

6. Learn How to Say “No, Thank You”
It’s hard to pass up goodies when they are offered. Not only are you turning down delicious foods, you may be worried that you are offending the host or hostess.

It’s okay to say no, but if you need a more creative way to say no, consider these:

1.Thank you, but I already ate.
2.That looks too good to eat!
3.Thanks, but I'm getting a jump start on my 
    New Year's resolutions!
4.I worked out earlier, and I am trying to stay on 
    track tonight.
5.I'm trying to pace myself, but thank you!
 6.Thanks, but I just don't eat that! 

7. Get enough rest
When you skimp on sleep, your body works harder to stay awake, and may lead you to make poor food choices. You might reach for another cup of coffee or a sugary snack to give you some energy. Or you might skip a stop at the gym because you are too tired. A lack of sleep can sabotage your efforts.

Lack of sleep is directly linked to weakened immunity, which means it makes people more vulnerable

8. Watch the liquid calories
Holiday cocktails and wine with friends all add up to a lot of empty calories.
    One cup of eggnog – without liquor – has about 350 calories and 19 grams of fat.
    One cup of champagne has about 182 calories.
    One, 4-ounce serving of red wine has about 100 calories.

*I'm not even going to mention how many calories are in a Starbucks froo-froo drink

Of course, you can swap out healthier versions of classic favorites (light eggnog, for example), but alcohol can also loosen inhibitions, and lead to poor health choices. After a few drinks, you might be more likely to eat more, derailing your diet plans.

Give this "swap-out" a try if you have a craving for a warmed from-froo treat!

9. Make better Choices
I find myself to be a strong willed person, however I still enjoy sweet treats along with the company of family and friends. I made a choice to cut refined sugars and gluten out of my diet….completely. This is forced me to become creative in the name of sweet treats lol!
You can search this blog for many healthy "swap-out" recipes that taste just as great as the real thing and I promise is so much better for your waist line.  This does not give a green light to go crazy, they still have calories and YES calories still count!

Have a great day & enjoy your "healthy" holidays!

*adapted from PennHealth

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Basic H2 vs. Vinegar

I often hear people say that they want to use “green” cleaners but they think it’s too expensive or they don’t think the cleaners do a good job.   So they try vinegar.  They like it but they hate the smell. They also think it saves them money. Even if you thought you were saving money and helping the environment using the old stand-by of vinegar, you might be interested in learning that even these formulas from the past end up costing more and are actually creating more packaging waste. Not fitting in with today’s picture of being environmental.
Let’s take a closer look.

Get Clean Basic H2 vs. Vinegar

Usage Per Gallon for a General Cleaner: Vinegar – 1/2 cup / Basic H2 – 2 teaspoons

Distilled Vinegar

(1/2 cup per gallon of water for general cleaning)

Cost per bottle = 16 oz / .89 cents (store brand)
Usage Cost: to make 1 gallon general cleaner = .22 cents
Usage Cost: to make 48 gallons general cleaner = $10.68
Packaging Waste: 12 Bottles to make 48 gallons of general cleaner
note: if you need to add baking soda, dish soap, or oil to the formula for persistent stains or cleaning that’s an additional expense and additional packaging waste.

Shaklee Basic H2

(2 teaspoons per gallon of water for ALL-PURPOSE Cleaner)
Over 1000 different uses with this one bottle!

Cost per bottle = 16 oz / $10.35 (11/14)
Usage Cost: to make 1 gallon All-Purpose Cleaner = .22 cents
Usage Cost: to make 48 gallons All-Purpose Cleaner = $10.35
ONE Bottle makes 48 Gallons of All-Purpose Cleaner!
(One bottle of Basic H2 equals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz.
For every ONE Bottle of Basic H2 used for All-Purpose Cleaning you would use 12 bottles of vinegar plus, if needed, baking soda to do the same amount of clean. Plus, Basic H2 has the smell of “clean” and is pH balanced with our skin. No need to wear gloves or a mask.

Another great point is that Shaklee Basic h is so versatile that it can be used in the garden, on the lawn, a few drop in a bath tub…seriously there are so many other uses for Basic H than vinegar!
Now you can see why millions of people love and use Basic H!  Order your own here!

Read more about My Favorite Cleaners HERE

Have a FANTASTIC day!