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    6 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

    Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is a time for feasting. As much as we are happy to give thanks, what most of us are looking forward to is the meal itself. This isn’t a bad thing. But wouldn’t it be nice if we found ways to stay healthier on the annual day of overeating? Here’s a small list of ways you can feel a bit better as you push yourself away from the table this year.   1. Get Out and Play Having the family over for Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get out and be active together! Would you rather catch up with everyone huddled around the TV or outside over some fun backyard games? This is a great way for you and the family to get some much needed exercise before or after the big feast! Create memories for a lifetime and burn some calories in the process of creating a new holiday tradition.  

    2. Go Heavy on the Veggies
    It’s easy to eat too much of the bad stuff on Thanksgiving. And you know who the culprits are: Stuffing, finger foods, chips, etc. The list goes on and on. I’m not saying to avoid these delectable holiday staples, just be sure to ration them. Go ahead and enjoy your favorites, but be reasonable! If you are still starving come time for the big meal, be sure to eat plenty of the vegetables at the table. You will feel better about the delicious desserts that are on their way!
      3. Slow Down! One of the biggest reasons for weight gain on Thanksgiving is over-eating. Sure, you may think this is a staple of the holiday. But, it certainly doesn’t have to be. You’ve waited all year for this moment. Shouldn’t your goal be to savor the meal? Eat as slow as you can. This will give your body time to realize it’s full and control its caloric intake. Be sure to put the fork down when your body says it’s had enough!
      4. Lose the Diet for the Day Don’t try to stick to a strict diet on Thanksgiving. It is simply unfair to your mental health to put unreasonable constraints on yourself during the holiday meal. Instead, focus on weight management. Don’t be thinking about weight loss on Thanksgiving, but rather an objective of maintaining your current weight. Save your diets for after the holiday when you can realistically achieve your goals.
      5. Don’t Skip Breakfast
    The big meal of the holiday is daunting. You know you are going to eat. And despite my advice, you will probably eat too much! That’s fine. But, the worst thing you can do is skip the most important meal of the day! Many people will opt to skip breakfast when the big meal is on the way. However, eating a healthy breakfast will kick-start your metabolism and prepare your body for the feast. Not eating in the morning will actually cause greater weight gain. So grab a light breakfast and your body will be thankful!
      6. Take Time to Be Thankful This may seem very straightforward and a bit cliché. However, there are few better ways to improve mental health than reflecting on what it is you and your family are thankful for. Take time out of the chaotic day to reflect on all of the good in your life and your mind will certainly be grateful.
      These are just a few ways for you to be healthier this Thanksgiving. The important takeaway here is to have fun and not worry about your diet or weight gain so much. Follow these simple tips and you can feel confident about your health this holiday weekend!   By Pat DeRiso Sources: webmd.com, huffingtonpost.com

    5 Reasons You're Tired and What to Do About It

    As the day goes on many of us feel fatigue setting in. Our eyelids become heavier and heavier as we stare into our computer or smartphone screens. Why do we feel like this? And what can we do about it? The answer includes more than just getting more sleep. There are many factors to reactivating a more alert, energized you.  Here’s a list of 5 ways to stop yawning and feel more perky today!   1.  Drink More Water Water does much more than just quench your thirst. Even slight dehydration (as little as 2%) can cause fatigue. The problem is that most people don’t drink nearly as much water as they should. But how much is enough? Take your body weight and divide it by 2. Health experts say to drink that number in fluid ounces of water each day. Tip: Buy a refillable water bottle and sip on it all day long. The ounces will pile up quickly and you will most certainly feel less tired!  

    2.  Clean Up Your Workspace
    A cluttered workstation causes distractions during your day and actually restricts your brain from processing information. The harder your brain is working, the more tired you will become. If your mess is large, chip away at the problem by scheduling 15 minutes a day to tidying things up. Regardless of the size of your clutter, make an effort to clean up your desk and your mind and body will thank you.   3. Stop Skipping Breakfast This is an all-too-common mistake. Many people say that they don’t have time for breakfast or enough room for the calories. However, breakfast is essential to kick-starting your metabolism and providing energy for your body. While you sleep, you are still burning all of the food from dinner the night before. You have to provide your body with more fuel to burn through in the morning. So feed the fire and you’ll be rewarded with more energy.   4. Avoid the Junk Food When you’re tired, the easy fix seems like sugar. Foods like donuts and cookies are easily accessible around the office or on-the-go. But you must work to resist their call. The sugar-rush will be extremely temporary and the crash will be hard on your energy levels. Reach for smarter snack options like fruit, vegetables, or whole-grains to fuel your body.
      5. Exercise ...even when you're tired It is so easy to hit the couch and not the gym when you are feeling run-down. Relaxing with a nap instead may seem like a quick fix, but most naps go too long and will leave you feeling more tired than before. A workout, however, will actually help you gain energy and feel less fatigued in the long-run. Next time you feel sluggish, get outside and get moving! Your energy levels are sure to increase.   Now you’re equipped with some tools to fight your fatigue. These 5 simple tips are guaranteed to help you lose that groggy feeling and get the pep back into your step!   By Pat DeRiso Source: health.com

    5 Reasons You Need Strength Training In Your Routine

    Making use of strength training to lose weight is sometimes overlooked, especially by women, because they are worried they'll get too bulky. But it takes a lot of work and specialized training to bulk up and look like a body builder. If you include an aspect of strength training into your overall weight loss training program you're not going to build up bulky muscles.

    Here are 5 benefits of strength training to lose weight.
      1. You Burn More Calories. The main advantage about resistance or strength training to lose weight is that you'll burn more calories. Cardio exercise does burn calories, but only whilst you are performing the exercise. You achieve more weight loss through weight training because even while you're resting your muscles will be burning calories. If you are working out with weights 2 to 3 times a week you can reach your weight loss goal much faster.   2. It Builds Strong Bones, Ligaments, Tendons and Overall Health Strength training is not only effective for a weight loss program. It helps to strengthen your bones, tendons and ligaments. All of these work together to help you have stability, strength and stamina. Working out with strength training also lowers your risk of certain diseases associated with being over weight like diabetes and high blood pressure.   3. Muscle Tone and Strength. You don't have to look like a bulky bodybuilder to have good muscle tone. Muscles make everyday tasks a little less difficult. You will be able to open jars more easily, walk a flight of stairs and do your housework or DIY tasks without feeling worn out afterwards. Not forgetting that toned muscles look much better than flabby ones. Strength training for weight loss does mean you have to lift heavy weights for several hours each day. Simply lifting a few sets with a five pound weight will do wonders for your muscle tone.   4. Age With Dignity. No one wants to think about growing older, but if you stay in shape and keep your muscle tone in great shape, you can avoid some of the problems associated with ageing and you won't need to call a young person to open that jar of pickles for you!   5. Improves Your Balance And Coordination. Getting your muscles toned and in shape will also improve your balance and coordination. It helps improve your balance because you work opposite muscle groups. By way of example, if your stomach muscles are strong, but your back muscles are weak, this can influence how well you balance your body, even while standing erect. It can also lead to injury of your back because those muscles are weak.   By Jon Allo