Clean Eating, Diet, Health, Healthy Eating

Are you too Acidic? Try increasing your Alkalinity!

Are you too acidic?

The Standard American Diet is SAD and can be putting you at risk for having an overly acidic ecosystem for your body.  Most people are eating foods that are highly processed and refined, packed with chemicals and sugar.  On top of that, we live in a society that is primed to be always on the go, so we are more stressed and our environment is packed with pollution and other irritants.  Our bodies are overworked and under-nourished.

Being highly acidic can be detrimental to your health, because the body is unable to operate it’s optimal level for the day to day functions.  This includes your digestion, your metabolism, and your body’s ability to detoxify itself.  It also can negatively affect your immune system, as an acidic environment, become a field day for diseases, viruses, and bacteria to thrive to create sickness, illness, and pain.

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In order to change the acidic tides in our body’s ecosystem we must add more alkalinity to create more of a balance.  When your body is more alkaline, you will be able to neutralize your bloodstream, increase the oxygen levels in your body, which can results in more energy and improved metabolic functions (which could also help with weight loss).   Your body strives and craves a more alkaline environment and you will feel better when you can achieve it.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by eliminating the junk food, overly processed and refined grains and sugars, and keeping the meat and dairy to a minimum (AKA “Eat Clean”).  Replace more alkaline foods to your diet like dark leafy greens, fruits, vegetables. Think of it as eating your colors and focusing on foods that have a higher nutritional density.  For example, one of my favorite meals is a Kale salad packed with tons of colorful veggies and a lean protein.


Another option is to change your water to Alkaline Water. I recently started using a Tyent Water Ionizer to help me with staying hydrated (because I don’t drink enough water) and to also help with having a more ph balanced body, as I am now doing more marathon training, teaching more bootcamps, and will soon repeat the Ultimate Reset again.  The water unit, is pretty amazing because I am able to select my ph levels for my water. This has been one of the easiest ways for me to stay on track with my hydration and my ph balance. So far, I’ve noticed more energy, my skin has been clearer and I’ve also found that my joints and muscles don’t feel as stiff when I wake up or after a workout.

I’m looking forward to seeing how increasing my alkaline levels will help me over the next few months with my races and my Ultimate Reset. I’ll keep you posted on that!

 

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Plant Based Pre & Post Workout Snacks

Recently, I’ve had a few clients who have a plant based diet and they have asked me for ideas of what to eat before and after their workouts.  Many people get confused on what to eat, so I wanted to share some of my favorite options that are perfect not just for someone who has a plant based diet, but anyone.

What to Eat Before Your Workout: The key is to remember that quality of your workout will depend on how fueled it is before the workout. Your body has to pull energy from somewhere and it’s much easier to pull it from calories that are consumed within an hour of your workout, then pulling stored energy that your body uses for other daily functions. Focus on eating more carbs based foods 30 – 60 minutes before your workout.

  • Oatmeal or Overnight Oats: This is one of my favorites, mainly because I workout in the morning and this “breakfast” food just makes sense to me.  Plus, it’s whole and takes a while to digest, so it can help to keep you fueled, especially if you are working out for longer than 45 minutes.
  • 100% Whole Grain or Sprouted Grain Toast with Pure Honey or Real Fruit Spread: This is one of my dad’s go to pre workout snacks and he swears by it for his long cardio sessions.  The key is to make sure that you choose 100% Whole Grain or Sprouted Grains, which helps with the slow digestion of the carbs coupled with the fast digesting carbs with the honey or fruit spread.
  • Apple or Banana with a Tbsp of Nut Butter: This is an easy pre workout snack that doesn’t feel as heavy as the oatmeal or the toast.  This is my favorite for a HIIT or Circuit Training Strength workout.
  • Kind Bars: I am not a big fan of bars, but I do like Kind Bars because I can recognize all of the ingredients in them, they are easy to take with me on the way to the gym, and they taste like a candy bar. 🙂
  • Fruit Juice or Smoothies: This is typically my last resort, as most fruit juices and smoothies are packed with sugar and don’t give you a lot of substance and I feel really full, but when I’m in a real crunch, I will grab a bottle of 100% Orange Juice or grab a Smoothie and drink half.

What to eat after your workout: The key here is to make sure that you have a mix of protein and carbs.  I know that this sounds crazy, but after a workout, while your muscles are going into repair mode (where protein is key), your body is still burning calories and can burn them with carbs that you use to replenish your body after the workout. I highly recommend that you consume your post workout meal or snack within 30 minutes of your workout.

  • Meal Replacement Shake: As you know, I’m a big fan of Shakeology and this is my all time go to post workout Shake, because it’s more than just protein, it’s a true meal which includes not only carbs, but also minerals, vitamins, adaptogens (which also help with the post workout recovery), super greens (to help reduce the acidic ph levels, which also help with reduction of inflammation), and so much more.
  • Chocolate Milk – This can be Soy Milk or Dairy Milk, both options are a great mix of protein and carbs and easy to digest and great when you are in a pinch.
  • Hummus with Veggies and Whole Grain Pita: This is a great snack, especially if you want something more savory.
  • Green Salad with Lean Protein & Veggies: Your protein options can be tofu, edamame, hard boiled eggs, tempeh, nuts, seeds, or beans.  Aim to use a vinegar based dressing.
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich or a Hummus & Veggie Sandwich: This is the perfect balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Many people think sandwiches are not healthy, it’s a matter of the bread you choice, the condiments/fillings that you use. Here’s my tips on how to make a Healthier PB&J

 

Hopefully, this will give you some ideas of what to eat before and after your workouts! 

Clean Eating, Diet, Healthy Eating, Recipes

3 Ways to Make a Healthier PB&J

maxresdefaultOne of my all time favorite snacks and go to meals when I am traveling is a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich.  I think that its the perfect blend of savory, salty and sweet and the bread provides the carbs and there is a bit of nostalgia that makes this such a comforting treat.  However, the traditional version can pack tons of sugar, calories, and preservatives, and this is where many people make the wrong turn.  So I wanted to share with you how I make mine healthier.

There are 3 ingredients, so the key is to ensure that you choose the best options for each:

  1. The Bread: So, I feel like I shouldn’t have to say it, but i’ll say it anyway…NO WHITE BREAD ALLOWED!   There is really no nutritional value and if you are serving this to kids, you are pumping them full of sugar and preservatives that will do more harm than good.  Instead I opt for a WHOLE GRAIN BREAD.  Unfortunately, just because a bread looks like it’s whole grain, please make sure to check the labels for your bread, as many times the bread manufacturers still add a lot of refined and processed carbs, sugars, and preservatives to the bread. Also, check the labels to make sure that “sugar” (or one of it’s cousins) are not in the top 3 ingredients.  Here are a few of my favorite bread selections – Food For Life Ezekiel Bread, Sprouted Whole Grain, Eureka Organic Bread, Dave’s Killer Bread.  
  2. The Peanut Butter: PB is simply ground peanuts (or other nuts or seeds if you are allergic), so when looking for a healthier option of peanut butter, just look at the label, the only ingredient should be Peanuts. Maybe salt, if you like that extra depth, but if the nut butter has anything else – sugar, palm oil or other ingredients that you don’t recognize – leave it alone.  If you are feeling fancy, you can always make your own at your local grocery store, it’s a bit pricier, but to be honest I’ve found great brands that are tasty and pure peanut butter – Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter, Adam’s 100% Natural Peanut Butter. 
  3. The Jelly: Actually, your first step should be to switch from Jelly to “Jam” or “Preserves” or “Fruit Spread”, where the process is more natural and doesn’t include gelatin or other preservatives to make that gelatinous consistency.  However, there are not many jams on the market that don’t sugar in them, which makes me sad, so I just aim to ensure that the ingredients are minimal, the fruit is the main attraction (#1 on the list) and that the sugar content is less than 8g of sugar. My all time go to is Trader Joe’s Organic Strawberry Fruit Spread, it’s sweetened with grape juice and it’s so good. If you are a Costco member, the Kirkland brand is pretty good, if not just use discretion and check labels.

As I said, this classic trio has been a life saver for me when I’m running around, after a workout, on the road, floating on the Russian River with friends, being snuck into a convention center for the Beachbody Coach Summit, or simply when I want something sweet, savory, and comforting.  The key is to make the best choices possible, check labels to ensure that it truly is “Natural” and not full of junk.  Also, if you are allergic to gluten or peanuts, feel free to experiment with gluten free options and look for different nut or seed butters.   Now go pour a glass of Almond Milk and make a PB&J!

Health, Motivation, Personal Development, Self Care, Weight Loss

How To Stay On Track When “Life Happens”

overcoming-obstaclesToday I was speaking with a client who is struggling to stay on track with Clean Eating and working out because “Life Happens” and it keeps throwing her off.  Here’s the reality, life is going to happen, we are always going to have things that come up, emergencies or unplanned circumstances that will prevent us from being 100% on track with everything that we have planned, like eating clean, working out, and other things that help to stay focused.

I remember that I used to beat myself up when I would fall off track due to an unforeseen circumstance and miss a workoutor give in to a craving. I would immediately think that I was a failure and lose my motivation to keep going.  Does that sound familiar? That is the case for most people and it causes us to stay stuck on our journey or ultimately give up.

To help make sure that you stay on track and stay committed, here are a few tips that might help:

  • Choose NON-NEGOTIABLE habit that you will do every single day.  The kicker for this is to choose something that is small and that you can easily incorporate into your day.  For example, for one of my clients, her non-negotiable is to drink a glass of water upon waking every morning. Mainly because she doesn’t drink enough water, so starting her day with water is a nice reminder to drink more water.   When I was first starting on my journey, I made working out my non-negotiable, because I was so stressed out with my corporate job that I needed a release and that was my workout. It actually had nothing to do with weight loss, but moreso for the mental and emotional aspect of it.
  • TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: When you choose your NON-NEGOTIABLE and do it every single day, it gives you a sense of accomplishment for that day. When you see that you were able to do your NON-NEGOTIABLE for a consistent period of time, it boosts your confidence in your ability to success. This keeps the motivation going and makes it easier to stick with it.  It’s like that one win of the day, if you don’t do anything else for your goals, you can check off your NON-NEGOTIABLE.
  • CELEBRATE your accomplishments.  If you can successfully do your NON-NEGOTIABLE every day, at the end of the week reward yourself. It could simply be taking time to acknowledge your commitment or maybe it’s treating yourself to a massage or a bath.  We are so focused on what we don’t do and what do wrong, that we rarely take the time to acknowledge and celebrate our victories – big or small.

The entire process of this makes it easy for you start building habits that will ultimately lead to a lifestyle that will help you be healthier and reach your goals. Also, since you are choosing one thing that you can easily integrate into your life, even if “life happens” will make it easier to stick with it and also give you something positive to focus on in the event of chaos.

What is your one NON-NEGOTIABLE that you want to focus on? How will you track your progress? How will you celebrate your success? I’d love to hear from you!

Clean Eating, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss, Workout

My Post Vegas Detox Plan

Hand writing Time to Detox concept with blue marker on transparent wipe board.Last week, I went to Vegas with a few instructors and members of one of the studios where I teach – Dogpatch Dance & Yoga in San Francisco. While we had a great time, I definitely was off track with my nutrition.  The main culprit was that I was off my normal sleep, workout, and eating schedule, which threw me off, coupled with the lack of fresh fruits and veggies and eating at random times of the night, including a 5AM post club meal of Fried Chicken and Waffles! Now that I am back home, I am going to use this week to get back on track with my nutrition, sleep, and fitness.

Here is my plan of action, I’ll make sure to share my results with you at the end of the week:

  1. Hydration: Vegas in June is pretty hot and dry and even though I didn’t drink alcohol while I was on vacation, I didn’t drink enough water.
    • Start each day with a glass of water upon waking up is a great way to wake up the body and rev up the digestive system to facilitate a smoother detoxification process.
    • Drinking at least half my body weight (in ounces) of water is vital on all levels and should be a non-negotiable for everyone. But if you are working out, make sure to add 16 – 24 additional ounces to your daily total.
  2. Nutrient Dense Breakfast: Breakfast is such a vital meal and most of us take that for granted and either skip it completely or eat a breakfast high in fat and sugar. Each morning, I’ll be drinking Shakeology, which is a nutrient dense vegan meal replacement shake that is more like a super potent multi-vitamin & probiotic packed with superfoods, super greens, adaptogens, and more.  This not only gives me fuel, but the daily dose of dense nutrition helps moves things right along and puts the proper things into my body.
  3. Simple Lunch & Dinner: I’m not trying to be super fancy this week with my meals, I’m eliminating chicken, red meat and pork and will focus on eating a lot of fish, fruits, and veggies for most of my meals. My meals will be:
    • Kale Salads with Tuna, Beets, Hard Boiled Eggs, and Cabbage for lunch
    • Thai Curry Lentils & Spinach with Brown Rice, Garlic & Herb Salmon with Sauteed Garlic Green Beans and Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Grilled Fish Tacos with Fresh Mango Salsa & Black Beans and rice for dinner
  4. Green Smoothies for my Afternoon Snack: I love drinking Green Smoothies in the afternoon, because I typically crave something sweet and by packing a smoothie with fresh kale and some frozen fruit, it feels like treat but also helps with adding more detox friendly ingredients to my daily intake. Here’s my recipe.
  5. Special Attention to the Body: I’ll be doing Shaun T’s “Shaun Week” Fitness Challenge this week, which is sure to be a perfect addition to my nutrition plan, as I’ll be able to break a sweat and help to get rid of those Vegas toxins.  I’ll also add in some yoga with Beachbody OnDemand’s Yoga Studio program.  (If you want information on how to access this for free, comment below).
  6. Rest: One of the most important parts of this week is ensuring that my body gets caught up on its rest (although I slept for 16 hours when I returned). Our bodies use rest to help heal, reset, refresh, and recover and if we deprive our bodies of rest, the body can’t function the way it needs to. Plus, it has been shown that sleep deprivation is a big factor in weight gain. So I’ll be aiming for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  7. Self Love: With a detox, it’s so easy to look at it as a punishment. We focus on what we are missing out on and make a big deal out of it. Instead, I am simply using this as a way to honor and respect my body. I don’t regret anything from my time in vegas and if I had to go back, I would probably have done the same thing, except eaten more macaroons! So, now that I’m back home, I am simply focusing on how lucky I am to be able to eat nourishing, healthy and fresh foods, excited to try Shaun T’s “Shaun Week” workouts, and to take time to rest and recover from one of the best Vegas trips to date!

If you want to keep up to date with how this week goes, make sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Snapchat!

Diet, Fitness, Health, Motivation, Weight Loss

The #1 Reason Why You Should Get Off The Scale

frustrated-with-losing-weight-2Have you ever started a new fitness program or diet and every single morning you would step on the scale to see if it was working? When you saw the number on the scale go down, you were elated and felt proud of yourself. It motivated you to keep doing the workouts and following the diet plan.  But what happened when you stepped on the scale and the number didn’t move? You probably just thought it was a fluke and you immediately begin to replay the last 24 hours to see what you did or didn’t do to cause the number to stay the same.  You try again the next day and still no change, now you’re starting to feel that you are doing something wrong. By day 3 of no progress, you are totally obsessed with finding the culprit for why you are not seeing progress and your motivation to keep going is dwindling by the second. By the end of the week, you are frustrated and feel defeated and quit all together. Sound familiar?

If this is something that you have struggled with in the past, I want to shed a piece of advice for you – STOP USING THE SCALE AS THE ONLY METRIC FOR SUCCESS! 

The scale only shows a small portion of the story and doesn’t reflect the healthy choices and small changes you are making to reach your results.  From my own experience, I’ve also found that the scale is usually the last thing to show true progress. Your best bet is to start to focus on Non Scale Victories which are more qualitative in nature, which can include improvements to your energy, mood, sleep, digestion, skin, hair, nails, etc.   This can also mean taking photos and trying on the same pair of pants each to physically see and feel how your body is changing.

When I work with my clients to help them shift from the short term mindset of the scale to a healthier and long term mindset of Non-Scale Victories, I find they stay motivated to continue with the workout programs and nutrition plans I have recommended and they tend to lose weight and keep it off for good.  Why is this? Because Non-Scale Victories give you immediate feedback on your progress and you begin to notice that you feel and look better.  It gives you a small “win” while you wait for the number on the scale to start to move.

If you are struggling to stay motivated because you are feeling frustrated and defeated by the scale, shift your thinking and begin to celebrate all of the things that are changing for the better as you build a healthier lifestyle that will improve the quality of your life for the long run!

 

 

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Mediterranean Chicken Salad

This week, I’m hosting a 5 Day No Sugar Challenge in my Clean Eating Accountability Group on Facebook, so I’ve been trying to find easy recipes that will keep us on track. 


This salad is so flavorful and filling, you don’t even think about how healthy it is for you! One of the keys to this salad is skipping the salad dressing which typically has sugar, by using a cucumber and tomato salad, olive hummus, and lemon juice to add flavor! 

First let’s talk about the Cucumber Tomato Salad. 

  • 1 Cup of Cucumber, Diced 
  • 1 Cup of Tomatoes, Diced 
  • 1/2 Cup of Red Onion, Chopped 
  • Juice of 1 lemon 
  • 1 Tbsp of 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s (or any Salt Free Seasoning) 
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Garlic Powder 
  • 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil 
  1. Add all ingredients to a plastic container and mix together . 
  2. Store in the fridge while you are preparing the rest of the salad. 

Now let’s talk about the Seasoning for the Chicken, which was so flavorful! 

  • 1 Tbsp of Dried Oregano 
  • 1 Tbsp of Dried Thyme 
  • 1 Tbsp of Dried Basil 
  • 1 Tbsp of 21 Seasoning Salute (or salt free Seasoning 
  • 1 Tbsp of Garlic Powder 
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt 
  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. This will go on the Chicken. 


I then sautéed 1.5 pounds of boneless skinless chicken Breast and the Seasoning mixture  in 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil in a pan until cooked through. 


From there you assemble your salad. I used kale, because it can handle the acidity of the Cucumber Tomato salad and the hummus, and the heat of the Chicken. 


I used the 21 Day Fix containers to portion out everything, but the basics are: 

  • 2 Cups of Kale 
  • 1 Cup of Cucumber Tomato Salad 
  • 3/4 Cup of Chicken 
  • 1/3 Cup of Hummus 
  • 1 Tbsp Cup of Feta 
  • 1 lemon wedge 


It was a perfect and filling lunch! If you want more information on Clean Eating and my free Clean Eating Accountability Group, go to www.CleanEatingGuide.com

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Crockpot Curried Lentils with Ground Turkey & Spinach 

Hold the phone! How come no one told me about how good lentils are?!? I’ve always wanted to cook with Lentils but wasn’t sure how to incorporate them or how to cook them properly. This time around I used Trader Joe’s ready to eat Lentils and they worked out great in the crockpot. 

Since it was cold and rainy, I added ground beef for additional meatiness and the spices to warm me up. It was the perfect comfort food and confession, I went to bed dreaming about how good they were that I ate them for breakfast! 


Here’s the recipe: 

  • 1 package of cooked lentils (I used Trader Joe’s brand) 
  • 1 pound of ground Turkey 
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes 
  • 1/2 bag of Frozen Peppers & Onions 
  • 1 bag of Chopped frozen spinach 
  • 3 Cloves of garlic, chopped 
  • 1 cup of water 
  • 3 Tbsp of Curry Powder 
  • 1 Tbsp of Cumin 
  • 1 Tbsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice 
  • 1 Tbsp of Tumeric 
  • 2 Tbsp of Salt 
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of ground Cayenne – depends on heat preference 

Throw into a crockpot and cook on low for 6-7 hours. 

Serve with whole wheat naan, chopped jalepeños for more heat and a dollop of Mango Ginger Chutney.

Diet, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Motivation, Weight Loss, Workout

What to do when you are not seeing results?

frustrated-with-losing-weight-2I know how frustrating it can be when you are on your health and fitness journey, you are working out and eating healthy, but it doesn’t seem like things are moving. This is typically when people get frustrated and want to give up or try an extreme measure to
speed up the results.

The first thing that you should realize is that this will take time and extreme measures will only make it worse for you in the long run. Instead, here are some tips that I have used for myself and share with my clients who are struggling to see results.

 

1. STICK WITH IT! I know that this is not what you want to hear, but it is true. Consistency is key to getting lasting results. If you are not seeing results, chances are you have not been at it long enough, so keep going. If you have been at this for awhile, maybe you should ask yourself “Am I giving this 100%?” or is there an area where you can step it up a notch? Add higher weights or maybe you are eating more sugar than you should or maybe you don’t need that extra glass of wine at dinner?

2. Track Your Activities: If you are not sure what to change or tweak, take a week and track EVERYTHING! I use my Fitbit and MyFitnessPal to track my food, my steps, my calories burned, and my sleep. I also journal about my mood and stress levels. When I track my activities I have a clear view of what I’m doing well and what I”m not doing, this is huge. You can take that information and figure out things that you want to change.

3. Test & Analyze: Once you have an idea of where you can improve, make a small change and test it for 2 – 3 weeks. If you upgrade a current habit with an even better habit, usually that will shock the system enough to get some things moving right along. Maybe you add more intensity to your workouts or you cut out the after dinner snack or get one additional hour of sleep or take a yoga class on sundays. See if that makes a difference, if not, keep that good habit going (remember consistency is key and it may take more time) and add another better habit.

4. Focus on Non Scale Victories: As you go through this journey and adjust your habits, don’t focus so much on the scale. The scale doesn’t always tell the full story and can leave you feeling defeated, even though you have improved your sleep habits, increased your workout intensity, meal prepped like a boss, and have less anxiety. These are all pluses and just know that you are focused on improving yourself, soon you’ll feel so great, the weight loss will be a bonus, not the priority.

This process takes time, so be patient and trust the process. If you have been on this journey for a long with no significant changes, then it may be time to consult with a fitness professional, nutritionist, or your doctor for additional support and help.

If you would like to speak more about how to work together to help you reach your goals, comment below!

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5 Ways to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

funny-pictures-winter-weight-loss-snowmanDid you know that the average American gains 5 – 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve? That’s not too surprising given all of the festivities and holiday indulgences, plus added stress with work, family, and travel.  Our schedules are out of whack and then there is always that one co-worker who brings in the treats and sweets!

This time of year, can wreck havoc on your current fitness and clean eating regimen and can also set you back in your goals for 2017. A lot of my clients have been asking me how to help them, so I wanted to put all of my best tips that have worked for my clients and me.

  1. Just Say No: This is definitely a no-brainer, but it just has to be said.  Many times, it’s all about having the willpower to simply say no to full indulgence.  For example, do you need to eat that piece of cake or indulge in a second plate of appetizers at the company holiday party? Probably, not.  One thing that I do to make it easier, if I know that i’ll be in a place where I’ll be tempted, is to eat a healthy snack or meal before attending an event. That way I won’t be starving and less likely to overindulge.
  2. Focus on Healthy Snacks: Remember, “FOOD IS FUEL” and if you are not able to have healthy meals for lunch or dinner, focus on making your snacks healthy.  Aim for foods that are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, lean protein and healthy fats.  Lately, I’ve been snacking on an apple with a tablespoon of almond butter or whole grain pita with hummus and cucumber. I also keep Kind Bars and healthy trail mix in my bag for an easy grab and go option while I am out and about.  Protein shakes or green smoothies are also a great in the clutch snack. The focus is to find snacks that can fill you up, fuel you up, and help to keep your metabolism revved up.
  3. Find Healthy Alternatives: Tis the season to be creative and opt for healthier alternatives to your holiday favorites.  You might be surprised at how tasty and delicious an apple crumble can be in place of a traditional apple pie or even swapping a mixed drink or beer for a glass of champagne (which is lower in calories and carbs). It’s all about balance, but if you are looking for more options, check out my Healthy Holiday Recipe Pinterest Board. 
  4. Commit with a Buddy: People who have an accountability system in place can help them stay on track with their health and fitness goals.  Connect with a co-worker or a family member or your best friend and commit to taking a fitness class a few times a week or committing to logging your food in MyFitnessPal or even committing to eating a healthy breakfast and snacks each day.  Knowing that you have someone else in the same boat as you and that you have to check in with them, will help you to be more mindful in what you are doing and what you are eating, which sometimes is all you need to make better decisions.
  5. Establish a Reward: I don’t know about you, but I am all up for the new “Treat Yo’Self” movement and I have been very good about rewarding my good behavior.  One of my clients just told me that she booked a trip to Puerto Rico because she made a commitment that she would get a trainer and workout 3 times a week for 6 months. Not only did she meet that commitment, but she has lost 23 pounds since we started training and she has definitely earned her trip! Think of a reward that you can do for the beginning of the year if you avoid gaining weight by making the best decisions. Maybe it’s a trip, a new dress to wear on New Year’s Eve or a new toy or appliance!

Hopefully, these will help you to stay on track this year and if you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.  I am hosting a January Fitness & Clean Eating Challenge starting in the New Year and if you are interested in joining click here to submit an application!