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Technically speaking, I'm a dietitian, but I see myself as a listener, a motivator, coach and teacher of nutrition. I prefer to end a busy day with a glass of red wine while chopping vegetables. Lover of almost anything pickled and fresh baked scones just not at the same time. I'm happiest when I'm cooking for people I love. Why am I so into food? Because I KNOW how much eating well can change your life. What you eat every day is going to impact your body and your mind. It's a confusing world out there - full of diet and food advice that always leaves you feeling like it's that one next diet that's going to be the weight loss answer. Stop waiting for that magic diet, and begin to take one step at a time in the right direction. I'm here to help you on your life-long journey, there's no better time to start!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Your Best Gift Ever

Despite the fact that the economy is still pretty crummy, the holidays will come as they do every year. It can be stressful for many. Having to buy presents for everyone on the list. Preparing large family meals and celebrating all the special occasions that go along with the last three months of each year.  I happen to love the holidays - starting with the very first cold day of Fall. However; there is that feeling that another year is coming to an end, which is often a bit overwhelming to accept.  How will you feel about the way you lived in 2010? Did you do your best to stick to those resolutions you set for yourself back in January? Did you change your lifestyle to make it fit your goals and your visions of health?  Maybe you did... but maybe you didn't. Well, instead of feeling sorry for yourself and having a big pity party for the remainder of the year; here's what I want you to do.  Don't wait until January, after you've gained another 5 or 10 pounds to top off the year, to start again. This year, give yourself and your family the best gift you can possibly manage. It's a gift that doesn't cost a penny. Show those who care about you, and show yourself, that you're worth it. That you are going to be the healthiest, fittest you that you can be. Your family needs you. If you don't do it for yourself - do it for the people who love you.  Have you ever seen someone you care about finally do something for herself or himself? And did you see how happy, how confident, and how alive they became when they lost weight or started exercising?  If you have ever experienced that feeling of being so proud of someone you care about - then you know that is the best gift you can give to those around you this year.  You have a good amount of time left in 2010 to still make it a great health year.  You can still tackle that resolution you set ten months ago - and head into the holiday celebrations this year feeling and looking your best! Don't miss out on family activities, brisk morning walks or jogs with people you only see once or twice a year.  I want you to participate in your life - not just sit there and watch others living a life that you happen to be observing. Where can you start today? Check out my healthy shopping list. Get yourself a pair of walking or jogging shoes. Put them on. If dinner has to be on the table 30-minutes later tonight so you can get some exercise then so be it.  Focus on eating balanced meals that satisfy you but leave the meal not feeling overly full. Do your best to eat meals and planned snacks, and leave grazing and mindless eating behind. That mean's no skipping breakfast, no skipping meals. Bring 200-calorie snacks with you when leaving the house so you aren't tempted to eat out or hit the drive through.  That is all part of the gift you're giving this year. One day at a time, one workout at a time, one meal at a time.  It is worth it. Starting right now... ready, set, go! Happy Holiday Season!!

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