Meeting your resolutions head on!

With the year quickly ending and 2016 around the corner it is time to take the year in review and start thinking about future goals.  One goal that is always almost at the top of the list is a healthier diet and a more toned Physique.  Here are a few New Years’ tips to help you reach your goals!

  1. Grab a partner!  Getting a partner to help keep you motivated and accountable can be one of the best tools to keep you on track.  Even if your partner is at different fitness level or has a different goal set, they can help make exercising more enjoyable and thus making you more likely to keep up your routine.  Also a little food for thought: Strong & long-standing interpersonal relationships (friendship) have a significant effect on the longevity and life of an individual; friendship = long-life & health!IMG_7340
  2. Get away from screens! No really, Step Away!  Besides making the body sedentary while being bad for the eye & posture, screens (smart phones, tablets and television) can prevent you from organic conversation, developing friendships and can easily become the crutch of procrastination.
  3. Take a walk!  Got 15 minutes? Take a brisk walk around the block (and grab the kids too), even 15 minutes can increase serotonin levels, vitamin D levels and increase circulation.
  4. Keep snacks in your car or at your desk.  More often than not, overeating is from not keeping consistent blood sugar level throughout the day.  A bag of nuts and dried fruits is a great snack food to keep at your desk, (walnuts and cranberries are great as brain food).  Tip: Low sugar and high protein keeps away hunger pains and prevent blood sugar spikes.
  5. Relax!  It is important to purposely take some time to relax, focus on self and breathe.  Massage is always a great way to naturally increase serotonin levels while increasing circulation.

SEE YOU IN 2016!

 

Keeping a healthy weight over the holidays!

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Finding balance in the holiday rush!

Enjoying the holidays can be festive yet a stressful & indulgent affair that can add inches to the waistline.  A few simple tip can ease the ‘jump’ into your new years healthy resolutions.

During your holiday meals:

-Wear pants that fit you! No elastic, try for dress pants or jeans that fit you properly.  By not allowing your stomach to over-expand your are setting physical limits to your over indulgence.  This will let you control your portion size and give your body the time it needs to properly digest your food and derive all the nutrients your body needs.

-Drink 2 glasses of warm water before you eat dinner.  Water help lubricate your digestive system allowing optimal digestion.

-Eat with a smaller plate!  We truly eat with our eyes, if it seems like you have a full plate your brain will make you believe you are more satisfied.   Before going for that second plate grab a friend and take a slow walk around the block.  This will give your brain the time to recognize the stomachs signals if it has reached capacity.  This will help you avoid the dreaded ‘too full’ feeling.

-Keep it simple!  To many flavors can increase hunger, keep to a few traditional options and this will help your brain from over indulging.

-Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks during dinner.  Soda is a no go and alcohol should be saved till after you have completed your meal.

an Average American will consume 4,500 calories on thanksgiving!  That is twice the daily allowance for total daily consumption.  You would have to walk over 25 miles to burn off those extra calories.  By using a few simple tips you can avoid or at least slow down those winter pounds.

Don’t wait till 2014 to start healthy habits!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season.

Hydration Secrets!

Water is an essential part of healthy diet and few easy tricks can give you an extra nutrient boost an easy way to get the most our of your water!

Chia Seeds

Dry Chia seed when soaked over night in drinking water has many refreshing and nutritive properties.  Chia is great for vegetarians because it contains: Iron, Omega 3 fatty Acids, Anti-oxidants, magnesium, calcium and loads of fiber.  When soaked, Chia seeds create a gel like consistency around the seed, this gel stays in the system for a longer period of time then water alone.   Soaked Chia seeds will releases water slowly throughout the day, ideal for long workouts and hikes.

Cucumber

Adding few slices of cucumber in your water has many added nutritive benefits.  Cucumber is rich in B & C vitamins, Silica and is a natural anti-inflammatory.  Silica and anti-inflammatory are a natural recipe for relief of joint pain!

Lemon / Lime

Lemon and water is a natural pairing.  Adding lemon to drinking water is a natural way to aid digestion, get vitamin C & bioflavonoids.  Lemon is a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial and is an immune-booster!

Grade B Maple Syrup

Instead of sweetening your drinks with devoid of nutrients white sugar try a far more beneficial alternative.  Maple Syrup offers the sweetness the tongue desires with added benefits: Magnesium, B2, Zinc and is low on the glycemic index.  This makes Maple Syrup an ideal sweetener for your drinks, that will not give you the buzz or crash from other sugary drinks.

Get the most out of your water with a simple these additions!

 

Some Local distributors of the good stuff!

Full of minerals and sourced in San Diego, Solar Rain water is water 2.0!  Enjoy a drink in their biodegradable, BPA free bottle!

http://www.solarrainwatery.com/SR/4reasons.html

 

Meet Ben Clarke!

IMG_7180Benjamin Clarke has been practicing massage since 2009. His expertise lies in performing Swedish, Deep tissue, Sports, Reflexology, Pre-natal, Thai, and LomiLomi massage. His specialty is LomiLomi, the traditional Hawaiian massage, which is extremely relaxing and entrancing; utilizes long flowing strokes to move blood and energy through your body and create balance. He continues studying human anatomy to further his understanding of the body and is eager to share his knowledge to grow your understanding of your body. He is professional, friendly, and has a lot of energy.

Naturally healthy Hair & Skin!

Naturally healthy Hair & Skin!

Using heavily perfumed products can irritate and dry your skin. Without leaving you kitchen you can naturally heal your skin.
Coconut oil can be applied to hair as a masque and liberally to skin as a non-irritating moisturizer, also use as a ‘mouth pull’ swig for 15 – 20 minutes for healthy mouth and better breath!
Combine coconut oil, honey and raw sugar to buff dead skin from sensitive skin like your face and lips!
Lemons help clear problematic skin, lighten sun spots and clear away dry skin!
Use your pantry for a better looking you!