What is the perfect meal on a cold, chilly night? Homemade chicken noodle soup is our favorite!! We have given this traditional meal a few healthier touches so you can eat it without the guilt!
Ok, we all ate the foods we weren’t supposed to and maybe we weren’t all as consistent as usual with our workouts, so what can we do to help get our bodies back on track?! We recommend trying to help your body get rid of all of those built up toxins. Here are some tips that we have compiled to help you do this!
I’m here on the beautiful big island of Hawaii for Christmas this year and I wanted to take a minute to share a few tips with you! It can be very hard to make healthy choices the entire time you are on a trip. Well, guess what? You don’t have to! Enjoy your vacation but don’t go overboard. Here are the best tips I’ve found to work for me:
1. Indulge, just not every meal. Pick one or two nights to have that dessert you’ve been eyeing. Or better yet, share with someone else and just have a few bites.
2. Find active things to do. I realize that this time of year not everywhere is as warm as Hawaii but there’s ALWAYS an active option, just find it! For me, I’ve been snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, running & walking the beach as well as sneaking in my morning workouts. If you’re in that colder weather (I’m sorry!) take some time out for a snowball fight, build a snowman, or go skiing/snowboarding.
3. Substitutions are key! Being a vegetarian, it is often times rare to find vegetarian options on menus. I just ask if I can get the stir fry without the meat and with brown instead of white rice. If you aren’t vegetarian like myself you can ask for your steak or chicken without oil or butter. Ask nicely and most people will be happy to give you a healthier meal.
4. Have fun and don’t stress about being perfect! Stress isn’t healthy for anyone so don’t let it get you down!
Get on your workout shoes and work off those holiday cookies!!
Ok, this weekend I gave in and ate an unhealthy meal along with a few sugary cocktails. I felt horrible afterwards and I kept beating myself up. As I jumped on the treadmill, my only thought was to run it all away, the shame, the calories, and the bloat. It felt as if I had completely failed, and that everything I have worked so hard for lately was gone.
Then a thought ran through my head that I often heard my mother say during my insecure teenage days, “You can’t go from skinny to fat in a day”. I elaborated on this in my mind. Why was I feeling so bad about myself? Why was I letting one bad decision set the tone for the rest of my week? I was dead set on not letting this bring me down. So what? Yes, I should have had more self control, but I didn’t, and I can’t change that now. All I can do is make a better effort next time. So, here I am with my running shoes on and smile on my face, feeling a million times better.
Don’t let one small mistake bring you down. Oh well, you made a mistake! So what?? You are allowed to cheat every now and then ;). Just try to make healthy choices for the majority of the time. Let’s start this monday off right, get on your workout shoes and go kick some butt!!