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Anytime we can pass along a healthy tip or tell you about a great product that will help you on your road to staying healthy, we get excited. But what we’re about to share has got people energized beyond belief!

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9 Ways to Stay Healthy at Holiday Parties

Between now and the end of the year you will likely receive a dozen holiday party invitations. Between the cookies and the cheer, it may seem impossible to stay healthy. Here are nine easy guidelines to prevent you from becoming a holiday heavyweight:

Eat well early

Start with a healthy breakfast and maintain your good habits throughout the day. Carry around some raw almonds or keep apples and bananas on hand during the day for light snacking. By party time you won't be starving and binge out on the fatty treats.

Fill up and sit down

Step away from the buffet, my friend. Standing around the food is a surefire way for you to lose track of what you're eating. Grab a plate of food and sit far away from the display to socialize.

Step away from the buffet, my friend. 

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Did someone say crudité?

This one is a no-brainer, but of all of those festive finger foods available, you should load your poinsettia-decorated plate up with veggies and fruits. Not only are they low in fat and calories, but they're packed with vitamins that your body craves. Get cheesy and add a few slices to your plate. Cheese has tons of calcium, but enjoy in moderation as both the hard and creamy cheeses are high in fat. But...

Skip the creamy dip

The majority of dips you find at holiday parties - while tasty - are made with mayonaise, sour cream, or other full fat dairy products. Avoid those and search for their healthy counterparts: plain yogurt, tzatziki, hummus, salsa or guacamole.

Stock up on seafood

Smoked salmon is a great party choice. Not only is it delicious, but salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids which are awesome for brain functionality (and with the craziness of the holidays, who doesn't need a little brain boost?) Shrimp cocktail is another scrumptious snack. It is very low in fat and calories, and will fill you up. Go easy on the cocktail sauce as most is store-bought with added salt and sodium. If you're rolling at a high-class function, sushi and sashimi may be on the menu. Feel free to stock up! Just try to avoid the sodium-filled soy sauce and opt for extra ginger and wasabi.

Get in the spirit with red or clear

Holiday cocktails are at their peak. Choose a heart-healthy red wine to sip, or opt for a vodka and club soda with citrus fruit. While any cocktail contains sugar, these are the best bang for your spirited buck. Vodka is lower in sugar and club soda is just carbonated water. Adding the citrus is a way to sneak a little vitamin into your booze! Avoid white wines, brown liquors, cream liquores, or anything mixed with a soda. These drinks contain a lot of sugar that will bloat your belly right up!

Indulge wisely

Pigs in blankets, creamy dips, chicken wings, chicken tenders, cold cuts - these are all items that you can have any time of year. Spend your calories on foods that are truly seasonal treats, like that display of Christmas cookies and cupcakes that only come around once a year.

Pause and Freshen up

Carry a pack of sugar-free mint gum around with you at all times. Once you feel like you've filled up, pop a piece in your mouth. The minty freshness will help you avoid going back in for another plate of food or that extra cocktail. Plus, you'll have great breath if you end up under the mistletoe!

Surge before a splurge

We all know that it is much harder to GET in shape than it is to STAY in shape. Don't ease up on your gym schedule; pack more push time in so that you can burn up calories before the parties. Instead of sitting at your desk or in the cafeteria during lunch, take a walk outside. Your waistline will thank you later!

How do you avoid slipping from Nice to Naughty during the holiday season? Let me know your tips in the comments section below.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving – the glorious, glutenous holiday when we over-indulge, sleep it off, and then repeat. Post-holiday eating, many of us feel sluggish and resolve to turn over a healthy new leaf in the New Year. Instead of postponing your health goals until January 1st, check out the recipes in our FREE ebook, Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes to Warm Your Soul without Weighing You Down.
And while we’re at it, let’s clear up a common turkey myth. According to the November, 2014 issue of Food Network Magazine, chicken contains the same amount of tryptophan (the amino acid that plays a role in drowsiness) as turkey, and pork contains even more. Instead of blaming the bird, we need to check our portions. The reason we slow down is because after a big meal, blood flow to the brain decreases.

Lightening up the calorie overload will help your body digest faster so you can get your game face on and battle for the best Black Friday deals. Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes to Warm Your Soul without Weighing You Down is your guide to preparing delicious, filling Thanksgiving favorites that will not bust open your belt. Treat your family and friends to a warm home and healthy heart.

Not cooking this year?

You can still lighten up with these quick tips:

  • Avoid gravy! While delicious, traditional gravy is made with the fat and oils from the bird. The store bought kind is packed with sodium.
  • Don't skip the dark meat! While turkey breast meat is slightly lower in fat and calories, the dark meat contains taurine, a nutrient that improves heart health.
  • Carbs on the side! Pack your plate with veggies, then add about 6oz of meat. Stick to one carb - mashed potatoes OR stuffing OR a dinner roll.
  • Eat the insides! Pie crusts are laden with sugar, butter and/or lard. Stick to the pie filling, but keep it to a serving of 1/4 cup or less.
  • Wash it down! Before your meal, drink one 8oz glass of water. While you are eating, take a sip of water in between each bite. This will help you fill up faster.

What are you doing to keep your holiday meal a healthy one? Let me know in the comments below!

Tis the Season to Avoid Illness

The holiday season is in full swing, and with it, anticipation, excitement, nostalgia, and often times, sickness. Between exhaustion from preparation, traveling, playing host – or with some families, mediator – your body may not be ready for the two-month-long party. Here are seven tips to boost your immune system so that you can truly enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season.

1. Fruit, Not Fruitcake

Maintain a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains heart-healthy legumes and good fats (such as avocados, extra virgin olive oil). Avoid heavily processed foods, such as lunch meats and frozen dinners, as well as refined sugars and saturated fats. An organic daily multivitamin will also help to ensure your body is receiving the necessary vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Take Action: Get rid of the processed foods in your home right now & head to the grocery store for some fresh veggies. Cauliflower is in season & is a great source of fiber & potassium. Roast it with olive oil, or steam & mash it up with a little bit of creamy cheese!

2. Baby, It’s Great Outside

If you want a fighting chance against those sugar plumbs, you need to get moving. Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, three to four times per week. Walking does not count; get in some vigorous cardio such as running, bike riding, or circuit training. Take Action: Map out a mile from your front door and back, lace up your sneakers and hit the ground RUNNING!

3. And to All a Good Night

For many of us, getting adequate rest is as hard as making the time to exercise. At least seven hours per night is needed for the body to recharge and carry you through a busy day. Take Action: Magnesium is a mineral that relaxes the body. About 30 minutes before bedtime, grab a handful of raw almonds (they are loaded with magnesium) as a quick and healthy snack, turn off the TV, and lie comfortably in bed, allowing your body to relax into a great night’s slumber.

4. Spread Cheer, Not Germs

Keep up with personal hygiene, along with all the Season’s Greetings. Wash your hands several times throughout the day, especially before meals or touching your face or mouth. Brush your teeth at least twice a day to avoid decay and disease. Take Action: Add a small bottle of hand sanitizer and travel-sized toothpaste and toothbrush to your purse or pocket. Sanitize after each personal encounter, and brush after every meal.

5. All the Noise, Noise, Noise Noise!

From advertisers and merchants to children and distant family members, everybody will be screaming for your attention this season. Pay attention to your body first. As soon as you start to feel “off,” be sure to get to the doctor and/or begin a homeopathic recovery routine. As everyone gathered around the television on game day will tell you, the best defense is a good offense, so don’t delay. Harvard Medical School recommends getting regular medical screenings for things you may be at risk for, depending on genetics, age and gender. Take Action: Call your doctor and schedule a wellness visit, BEFORE your calendar gets filled up.

6. Rock and Roll in Moderation

Yes, the holidays are a great time for some extra “cheer,” but binge drinking will wear your body down. Take it easy on the spirits and have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink. Still smoking? Quit. Now. Don’t wait to make it a New Year’s Resolution, gift yourself with long-term health and give that nasty habit up for good. Take Action: Volunteer to be the designated driver for you and your friends at the next holiday bash. You’ll be a hero in many ways!

7. All is Calm, All is Bright

Fill your mind and heart with positivity. Stress can take you out of the game, so avoid the hurriedness of the holidays and enjoy them for what they are. So what if the house isn’t spotless when guests arrive? It’s fine if you missed an item on your child’s Christmas list (you’ll be able to find it on eBay the day after Christmas anyway and an additional gift extends the holiday!) Take Action: Attend church or meditate. Carve a little time for yourself to expel the ick so you don’t end up sick!

Diet, exercise and stress levels all effect your immune system. Adopt a few healthy living habits now and enjoy, enjoy, ENJOY! This season goes by fast. Instead of a lingering cough or cold, let fun, happy memories be your takeaway from the holidays this year.

What do you do to avoid illness during the holiday season? Let me know in the comments below.

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Review

The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain, aimed at people just getting into juicing, seemed to be a good place for us to start our reviews. This juicer, while not the most powerful on the market, is a solid, affordable appliance designed for ease of use.

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Key Features

  • This is a dual-speed juicer, with plenty of power to slice through all types of fruits and vegetables.
  • A 3-inch feed tube practically eliminates the need for pre-cutting food before juicing.
  • Almost all the  parts can be washed on the top shelf of the dishwasher. This makes for easy clean up!

Pros

  • You get a lot of juice out of the produce that you use
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Not much pre-cutting needed.
  • Simple to take apart, and put back together
  • Does not move while motor is spinning

Tips and Comments from Other Owners

  • If you use a plastic produce bag and put it in the back bin, it’s even easier to clean up.
  • It’s not as loud as many comments around the web make it out to be
  • It has safety features so you won’t accidentally chop off your fingers. Always a good thing!

Should I buy the Breville JE98XL?

If you’re new to the world of juicing, it’s well worth the price. If eventually you get “really into juicing” it will still serve you well, it’s pretty solid. If you only juice occasionally you will also love this juicer, because now there is no need to spend a fortune on an appliance you use infrequently.

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