“Dr. Oz’s 31-Day Jan-YOU-ary Plan”

“Dr. Oz’s 31-Day Jan-YOU-ary Plan”

Being bombarded with information on how to make healthy choices this new year can be overwhelming, especially if you are uncertain of how reliable the sources are. This slideshow featured on Dr. Oz’s website is loaded with helpful tips on how to keep your health and wellness the center of attention this month.

Budget Friendly

Adopting a healthy lifestyle tends to be the most popular goal during the month of January thanks to New Years Resolutions, sales on swim suits and the booking of Spring Break trips. Maintaining this new lifestyle can be difficult, especially due how expensive it can be. But, there are countless ways to balance out living a healthy life and managing a healthy bank account. All you need is a little bit of creativity and these helpful tips….

Snacking Often

Eating multiple, small meals throughout the day gets your metabolism moving. This means lots of mindful snacking! Eating more frequently may sound like it could put a dent in your wallet, but there are a ton of inexpensive snacks that are both filling and nutritious.

  • Bananas- packed with potassium and fiber
  • Carrots- full of Vitamin A
  • Non-fat Greek Yogurt- loaded with calcium and protein
  • Nuts- great source of protein and omega-3 (when sticking to appropriate serving sizes, can be inexpensive!)
  • Beans & Brown Rice- high in fiber, manganese and protein

Working Out

Some gym memberships can be pretty costly. Luckily, during the month of January, most gyms have discounted memberships. If the gym closest to you isn’t in your budget, make your own!

  • Chair- Use the edge of a sturdy chair to do tricep dips
  • Stairs- Great for running on or doing calf raises (especially with dumbbells or canned goods in hand)
  • Floor- Get down and do yoga, planks, crunches, push-ups, 6-inches, mountain climbers or even Supermans
  • Wall- Utilize your wall for wall sits

 

There are so many ways to live a healthy lifestyle, even if you’re on a budget. All you need is some creativity and an open mind!

 

Information obtained from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/healthy-eating/healthy-foods-under-3/pictures/index.html
http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/fitness-programs-article/2863/Top-25-At-Home-Exercises/
 
Photo from: http://www.realbuzz.com/articles/are-home-training-workouts-effective/

30 Days Until a New Habit

30 Days. It takes about one month to form a new habit and it’s only been a little over a week since you’ve sat down and considered what your resolution for 2014 would be. For the first couple of days, social media pages were flooded with posts like “New Year: New Me” and all of the hype probably had you motivated. But, what about now? How do you stay excited and committed until you’ve reached the thirty day mark?

Reminders. Leave inspirational notes for yourself around the house or office in places you’ll see them sporadically throughout the day. Set reminders or alarms on your cell phone randomly throughout the month. Change the background of your computer desktop or of your cell phone to something encouraging for your specific resolution.

Goals. Set small, weekly and measurable goals. By providing yourself with smaller tasks, achieving something and rewarding yourself more frequently throughout the month will continue to keep you motivated and on track.

Communicate. Encourage your friends and family to stick to their resolutions. Seeing the progress of others will entice you to push ahead.  Also, you can share your resolution with someone or something that will hold you accountable for it- whether it be a new gym buddy, volunteer coordinator or your Twitter followers.

With these tips, hopefully making a habit out of your resolution will be easy. If you slip up, don’t worry about it. Keep at it and good luck!

 

For other tips visit: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2014/01/06/make-2014-year-keep-your-resolutions/
http://www.inc.com/carolyn-cutrone/apps-to-keep-new-years-resolutions.html
http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-tips-help-you-keep-your-new-year-s-resolution
 
*Photo credit: news.easybranches.com*

‘Tis the Season…

…to be joyful and give thanks; to wait in long lines and bitter weather; to gather with family and friends; to encounter a Grinch, a Scrooge or two. ‘Tis the season to make what you will of it.

The Holidays can be the most joyous times or some of the most hectic. Having the right attitude and remembering the purpose of this time of year can keep you in the holiday spirit!

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While traveling, plan ahead. Plan for delays, traffic and snowy weather. Everyone is out and about for similar reasons- keep calm and take the time to enjoy the Holiday music on the radio or the lights and decorations that line the streets.

volunteerStressing about what gifts to buy or what to make for the big feast? Take some time and volunteer.Instead of allowing stress to consume your time, dedicate your time to others who are in need. Volunteering will remind you what the holidays are truly about and will be the best gift to yourself.

For more tips to ensure a great holiday season, visit http://www.oprah.com/spirit/How-to-Stay-Organized-and-Sane-During-the-Holidays

 

 

Your Waistline Will Give You Thanks

Thanksgiving is the one day out of the year that we convince ourselves over-indulging in countless rounds of the holiday spread, becoming one with the couch and football game on TV and then posting pictures of the act on every social media site possible is acceptable. But it seems as though no matter how many helpings you and those twenty-five relatives dig into during time-outs or commercial breaks, a dent isn’t even made in the dishes. So, what are you to do with all of those leftovers without wasting food or putting your waistline and metabolism to the test? Below are a handful of recipes that allow you to enjoy the holiday feast days after- without feeling guilty.

Medical Daily’s webpage offers a new way to approach those turkey sandwiches… turkey and tomato paninis.

Women’s Health Magazine provides there’s no harm done in combining small portions of the leftovers with healthier items- like using stuffing instead of breadcrumbs with lean turkey or chicken for meatballs or meatloaf.

Leftovers for breakfast? The “Health” section in Boston Magazine explains how to make healthy cranberry oatmeal and sweet potato pancakes.

With these easy recipes, your refrigerator can be cleared without relying on an elastic-waistband wardrobe!

 

Image from http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2012/11/social-network-of-food-picks-b.html

They’re More Than Just Pets

No matter what kind of day you’ve had, coming home to that furry, four-legged companion who couldn’t be happier to see you seems to just make everything better. Doesn’t it? These companions are potentially doing a lot more than just improving your mood at the end of a long day…

It’s been proven that owning a pet has multiple health benefits that you’d never think of. For example, studies show that dog owners tend to have healthier hearts, more active lives and slimmer waistlines. These same studies have proven people live longer lives after having a heart attack if they own a dog. Similarly, results of a 20-year long study revealed that non-cat owners were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack. Petting your dog or cat is known to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure and relax the body. So when you’re stressed, show some extra attention to your furry companions! 

Keeping a pet around improves social skills, interactions and moods for adults and children alike. Anxiety and depression are less severe with an animal in the house. Additionally, babies growing up in households with pets tend to have less problems with allergies and stronger immune systems than those without pets.

It’s incredible how beneficial owning a pet can be to your health and wellness. For more information about how pets can improve a human’s health, please visit the websites that were utilized in creating this post: 

http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/features/5-ways-pets-improve-your-health

http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-improve-your-health

http://animal.discovery.com/pets/benefits-of-pets.htm

**Pets are not an alternative to treatment recommended by your doctor.**

 

Warmin’ Up

As the temperature outside decreases and the number of blankets we layer up with increases, the thoughts of comfort foods begin to roll in. Many of the health-conscious try to dodge these thoughts, staying loyal to the dietary goals they’ve set. Luckily, curling up with a favorite bowl of soup doesn’t have to be a thought dodged by anyone.

There are health benefits to eating soup, especially when the soup is properly prepared and homemade. Using low-sodium stocks and slow cooking vegetables can increase the nutritional value of the soup. Clear broth soups, like chicken noodle, can aid in re-hydrating, calming inflammation, settling stomachs and reducing congestion. More vegetable-based soups help achieve proper dietary intakes for nutrients and fiber.  Meat-based soups provide the body with proteins and amino acids. Adding spices such as tumeric, garlic or pepper increase the body’s circulation, warming you up! Additionally, garlic is known to be “an antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal agent…” (Total Health Nutrients, 2010). No wonder the infamous any-kind-of-illness remedy is chicken noodle soup (especially if it’s chuck full of garlic and veggies). 

Recipes for the Favorites

French Onion- http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001842491,00.html

Broccoli Cheddar- http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/healthified-broccoli-cheddar-soup-recipe/index.html

Chicken Tortilla- http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipe/soups/chicken-tortilla-soup/

Curried Cauliflower- http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/andrew-weils-curried-cauliflower-soup

For a full listing of recipes, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-soup-recipes/RE00122.

How-to Video

Dr. Oz and Dr. Weil Make Curried Cauliflower Soup

With these easy and healthy recipes, the days of feeling guilty indulging in your favorite comfort soup are long gone!

 

*As always, remember to consult your doctor before changing your diet or treating symptoms of any illness.*

For more information, visit any of the above links or http://totalhealthnutrients.com/?p=1875 that was utilized in creating this post.
(Picture of Broccoli Cheddar soup from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/healthified-broccoli-cheddar-soup-recipe/index.html )