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Eat Holiday Foods – SMART

Better Homes & Gardens November 2012
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing – written by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jago
Preview the book at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG8CGJ8ZPbw

Skip the goodies?  We don’t think so.  Here’s how to celebrate the season without depriving yourself – or overindulging.

SMART START – When appetizers make the rounds, opt for the one you’re really craving, even if it seems indulgent.  A few scrumptious bites or something you love – mmmm.  That will satisfy your munchies and set you up for a sane meal.  If you spend the cocktail hour choking down celery sticks, you willpower will shrivel during the main course.

MEAL PLAN – Most holiday gatherings have enough food to feed a small nation.  Your first step?  Forget the idea of sampling everything – the more variety on your plate, the more likely you are to overeat.  Instead, choose a few special dishes to savor.  Round out your meal with a light, nutritious fare such as baked squash & roasted carrots.

SWEET TALK – People tend to dish out bigger portions to others than to themselves – fine for salad, but a problem with pie.  Offer to slice your own sliver, and keep it to one and a half inches at the crust end.  IF you’re handed a superize serving, split it with a tablemate.

Here is my take on the article: baked squash and roasted carrots might not do it for me…I’m also going to talk with my back to the dessert table.


Quick Yoga Moves for Weight Loss

The key here is FLOW!

You want to breath deep and flow back and forth through the following poses.

Warrior Pose and Extended Angle Pose

Goddess Pose and Temple Pose

Table Pose and Boat Pose

then….Single Leg Raises Right then Left

Drink water and rest well…weight will be swept away in the flow.

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