For many people, Thanksgiving is the kick-off day to a season of festivities, fun, yummy food… and weight gain. For those of us who watch our weight, or who are actively trying to lose weight, Thanksgiving represents something else entirely. It’s a dreaded obstacle, or perhaps even a tempting setback that could undo months of progress. How will you get through the day, without gaining a dozen pounds or more?
Here in Southern California, Fall might not bring quite as many weather-related changes as it does to the rest of the country. But still, the weather does cool down a bit from the heat of summer, and those autumn comfort foods seem to be ingrained in our collective psyche. Your body knows that November has arrived, and your stomach demands cool-weather comfort foods!
For many people, knowing how to exercise is the hardest part of getting fit. For others, staying motivated is their primary challenge. Whatever your particular obstacle might be, hiring a personal trainer might be a good solution. But as with any other profession, there are skilled trainers, unskilled ones, and those who work well with some clients but not so much with others. Finding the right fit for you can be a challenge in its own right.
It’s a fact of life: As we age, we develop lines and wrinkles on our faces (and other places). This happens due to a number of factors, some of which we can control to some degree, and some that we can’t.
One of those factors is the repetitive folding of skin due to everyday facial expressions. This is why we see perpetually unhappy people with “frown lines”, or by contrast, happy people who develop “laugh lines”. You really can see – to some extent, anyway – a person’s life experience literally written on their face!
We all start off the day with the best of intentions. We’re going to find time to exercise, and fit three healthy meals into our schedules. But then life happens, and we’re tempted to grab dinner from the nearest drive-through on the way home.
When someone mentions eating seasonally, you might instantly think of pumpkin spice lattes or Halloween candy. After all, autumn has arrived! But autumn brings more than sugary treats and cool-weather comfort foods. If you pay attention to your local farmer’s market, you can find plenty of seasonal treats that are both delicious and healthy.
Napping… That’s for toddlers, right? It’s been a few decades since you pulled out your nap mat and fell asleep on a classroom floor somewhere!
Actually, there are many reasons that we shouldn’t give up naps in adulthood. Yes, we know you’re already over-scheduled and trying to cram more healthy activities into your jam-packed itinerary. But as you continue to make healthier decisions for yourself, a regular nap time might not be a terrible idea. Just check out the following reasons a nap can benefit you:
It’s true that any workout is better than no workout at all. If you can only manage ten minutes, then that’s ten minutes you weren’t doing before! If you can’t run, but you can go for a leisurely stroll, that’s better than nothing! So we definitely want to encourage you to exercise, in whatever way feels best to you, for as much time as you feel comfortable doing it.
It’s a lot easier to reach your fitness and weight loss goals when you make a plan for success (and stick to it). In particular, creating an eating plan for the week can help you to avoid temptation to “cheat” on your diet, and meet nutritional goals at the same time. But a lot of people feel overwhelmed when they sit down to make a plan for the week. This quick guide can help you streamline the meal planning process.