You do not have to avoid summer get togethers nor succumb to temptation and pressure. Before you throw your healthy lifestyle off the merry go round, check out these simple summer celebration tips to focus on vitality and victory:
- Drink water, lots of it, and prepare with carting a large container with you everywhere you go. Alternate your water with sugary or alcoholic drinks. Staying hydrated will help you stay full and safe in the heat. Oh, and hit the lou before heading out.
- Pick your battles – pick one. If you have family members, get together or events that you know will tempt you beyond your control, choose wisely what you can live without and consider picking one indulgence. Give up the break room cookies, gooey butter cake, and lemon chocolate pie for the one serving of grandmas homemade brownies you have to have – I mean, she made them just for you. Or the grazing on potato chips and dip, and everything else at the party, for the one scoop of potato salad.
- Eat your normal meals throughout the day of lean protein and vegetables, fruits and nuts, outside of the events to maintain a healthy metabolism and avoid overeating. “Saving your calories” messes with your metabolism and your brain.
- Watch your portions. If you have eaten normally throughout the day, you have no reason to go back to the spread for thirds; and you can still indulge on your favorite treat.
- Politely decline to take home the deserts or extras that are not normally in your eating plan. Aunt Stella will understand if you tell her the truth… you want to be healthy.
Whether you call it commradiere, team work, or group motivation, its all the same thing, we succeed in living a healthy lifestyle when we surround ourselves with others who want to make healthy choices a part of life. According to the Blue Zones project, finding the right tribe can add years to your life than just about anything else. Over the next few months, Ill share habits of the world’s longest lived people. These people were either born into or purposefully choose to create social circles that support healthy behaviors. Related research shows that certain behaviors are contagious, so you attract and stimulate strong social circles by proactively surrounding yourself with the right tribe: people who share your desire to do activities that strengthen your body and fuel your brain, individuals that challenge you to learn and grow intellectually, creatively and spiritually, and people who share the behaviors that you want to be a part of your healthy life. If this is not your family or closest connections, begin by building one at a time, and your right tribe will grow.
Print off this chart and put it on your fridge for tips about what to get on your next excursion to the grocery store.
We know vegetables are good for us, its a mindset we ought to cultivate and celebrate. Everyone from your mama, grandma, or Home Ec teacher has told you but somehow its easier to grab a bag of chips, or pizza when were hungry. And veggies are not sexy right? You are not going to see a sexy supermodel chowing on a bunch of broccoli.
I recently presented to Husch Blackwell for Health Fitness Corp. on Delicious Vegetables and wanted to include some highlights here. According to a 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis showed that only about one-fourth of adults in the US consume vegetables three or more times per day. We have an opportunity to do better, and our health depends on it:
- Fiber in vegetables may help you feel full longer! This is a huge benefit to you if you are always hungry and wanting to watch your waistline.
- Naturally low in calories, sugar, and fat! Yes, even the higher sugar content vegetables and fruits are way better than a candy bar or low fat potato chip.
- Be Healthy, reduce healthcare costs! More nutrients from vegetables are associated with reduced blood pressure, less bone loss, and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer.
One of the most common vegetable myths is starchy vegetables like, potatoes and corn, are fattening. Wrong! You’ve often heard to eat a rainbow of colors. The reasons why? We get different types of nutrients and phytochemicals from different fruits and vegetables. Your meals, snacks, and soups, pastas, and casseroles become much more interesting and exciting when you eat a variety of flavors and textures, and include spices and seasonings to wake up your vegetables. Want to improve your variety? Include more non – starchy veggies in your diet.
Non – Starchy Vegetables (Superstars*)
||Mushrooms (all kinds)
||Cabbage* (green, bok choy, Chinese, red)
||Greens* (collard, kale, lettuce, mustard, turnip)
|Beans (green, wax, Italian)
||Peppers, bell* (all varieties)
||Squash, spaghetti, zucchini
||Sugar snap peas
My weekend indulgence is going to be kabobs, and a Mediterranean salad with lots of fat olives. What about you?
Changing lifestyle habits is hard. Not only are they ingrained into our behaviors, thoughts, and daily actions, they are a part of our culture and the engine of the media. Simply changing one behavior can led to a challenge for other behavior changes. As a trainer, I’m used to addressing the thoughts and emotions that go along with making changes. I wanted to go deeper for my own challenges, and do more to help people with the great challenge of change – our thoughts – so and I began praying for a way to do that. Along came First Place 4 Health, and in October 2013 I began the process of equipping for ministry at my church.
Over these last 12 weeks, our first “Feed Your Spirit” group has completed our wellness class and bible study, focusing on our emotions, our thoughts, our heart, and our physical body. I experienced God working through all these areas in my life in a whole new way. It was as if all the bible studies and leadership training I’ve had over the last 3 years led up to this next step in my journey to know God more and who I am in Christ. For the first time ever, I was able to follow my Lenten sacrifice, and shed light on some significant strongholds in my life. As we studied obedience, confession, forgiveness, temptation, and renewal, I began to see a “new” renewal in myself. The group participants were seeing the same thing, a greater trust in God, as we dug into the word and shared our thoughts on the study each week.
As in Romans 12:2 We are challenged not to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We receive clarity and guidance in how to step away from the behavior that damages our body and mind, and how to step towards greater wellness and fellowship with others who struggle against the culture too.
New 6 Week Class June 7th: I look forward to the next 6 week summer study and our 12 week program in the fall. I am super excited to see what God has planned for us next! Classes include practical wellness topics in nutrition and fitness, as well as a new bible study. The next class begins June 7th on Sunday mornings. Get more details here. http://www.fp4h.com/feedyourspirit
Stuck at home on a snow day and planning on cleaning the house? Or maybe your planning on sitting on the couch in front of the tube? Here’s a quick workout that will get you off the couch for a few minutes and help you with motivation to clean your house!
Laundry Stair Climbers – For each trip down or up the stairs while doing laundry, carry the full laundry basket and make 10 extra passes up and down the stairs. Finish with a few arm curls ups while holding the basket. NO STAIRS? Do 10 Sit back squats, with heals remaining on the floor, keeping belly pulled in and basket touching your chest. Finish with basket arm curls. Throw in the box of soap for more of a challenge.
Plank Pickups – Drop and hold a plank on hands and toes or knees for 5-10 seconds each time you bend down to pick something off the floor. Keep belly from sagging by pulling belly button up towards spine, hips in line with shoulders.
Vacuum Cleaner Lunges – Step forward into a lunge, each leg, keeping front heal on floor each time you finish a few passes across the floor. 20 in each room.
Counter top Pushups – Cleaning the kitchen or bathroom? Pause and perform 25 incline pushups using counter top. With hands shoulder width apart, Chest in line with counter, bend arms half way down and pushup all the way back up, keeping belly tight, tailbone tucked under . Challenge by placing your hands on the side of the tub – planking your core.
Towel Rows – folding towels can be fun with towel row. 20 times. Grab body towel by the ends wider than shoulders, and with a little sag in the towel Begin with arms in front in of chest and pull towel back, bending elbows to pull slack out of towel and draw towel towards chest. Challenge – grab a partner, and take turns pulling until elbows are against rib cage and partners arms are straight (Sit facing your partner, feet braced against each others, back upright )
Wallah! Workout done, chores done!
Fit Solutions. Move your body. Fuel your brain. Feed your Spirit. Revitalize your health. Trimwithkim.com
Meatball Muffins with Sauce
Love my meatballs! My grandma Petrella used to make huge meatballs to go with a huge pot of spaghetti and sauce. Her recipe includes adding Italian breadcrumbs but here’s a heartier version that adds some fiber and makes for a quick snack.
Quaker Oats – Quick 1 Minute – Dry, 1 cup
2 large eggs white, fresh, (you can use all whites, 3)
Lean Ground Turkey Breast, 2 lbs
Onions, raw, 1 cup, chopped (white or yellow)
Celery, raw, 1 cup, diced
Ground cumin, 0.5 tsp
Herb – Oregano, Dried Ground (1 tsp), (you can also use Thyme)
Mustard (I used Brown Mustard) , 1 tsp
Black pepper (spice) 2 tsp
Salt, 1 tsp
Garlic , 2 cloves, crushed
*Hot pepper spice optional (I used 1 tsp of a sweet pepper mix)
Your favorite tomato sauce, fresh made or low sugar and sodium.
Pre heat oven to 350 and spray muffin pay with some cooking spray (or coat with olive oil) Mix all the ingredients in one large bowl with hands or spatula until well combined. Roll the mixture into balls and place each one in the muffin pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. This recipe Makes 12 muffins. If you want a meatier muffin, add ½#. You can pop them in the microwave for a quick snack or top them with sauce , and serve with a side of green beans for a meal.
You can pop them in the microwave for a quick snack or top them with sauce , and serve with a side of green beans for a meal.
Feeding your spirit. Its somewhat a cliche, stating that we live in a face paced society. Yet its glaringly obvious. We live in two income homes, the media connects us to the entire world at any given moment, and our modern media – addicted society exposes us to more information than any generation in the history of history. Finding moments of silence or setting aside time to feed our spirit can be an foreign concept for the average american. What are you feeding your spirit?
Religion for some may be the focal point in life, yet a controversial discussion topic for others. Study after study quotes the importance for humans of having some spiritual practice for true wellness. Connecting to our spiritual selves can lead to life long happiness and longevity. Whether its growing in your relationship to God and His purpose for your life, meditation, or personal reflection, focusing on our soul’s need for truth and peace is a necessity for living a fulfilled life. Otherwise, we may live out of balance, constantly distracted by daily obligations and the entertainment and noise that seeps into every moment of our lives.
Francis Chan quoted that “we are on a never-ending downward escalator. In order to grow towards our God, we have to turn around and spring up the escalator, putting up with perturbed looks from everyone else who is gradually moving downward.” What is spiritual wellness? Our person consist of four different dimensions of perception for wellness – heart (our emotional support or need), mind (our thoughts), strength(our physical body), and soul (our spirit). So much of our existence reigns in the physical, our need to be fulfilled and entertained. Many times we bury or deny our emotions, and ignore the existence of our spirit rather it to be too vague to acknowledge. I call it the moments in between the moments; the pause in our emotional response; the intuition of our spirit to show us the way through a difficult situation in life; the longing of our heart for something deeper than our daily interaction. It can be a reverent silence with our God or intentional action to show unconditional love to another, or perhaps just being present in the moment.
Whether this is a conscious act or new concept I challenge you to consider setting aside 10-15 minutes a day for reflection, prayer, or meditation….Creating a balanced wellness approach includes feeding your spirit.