For those on your holiday shopping list that are already committed to healthy eating and fitness, gift giving is easy! Snoop through their gym bag to find out what they’ve already got, then click or hit the stores to make their healthy holiday wishes come true!
Here’s a great place to start: [Read more...]
Because I choose to live a healthy lifestyle I don’t give gifts that are in contradiction to that guiding principle. I want to be true to my values, but of course the reason you give a gift is because you want the recipient to enjoy and find meaning in it.
So the balance is to find gifts that are in keeping with my values – you already know I don’t consider it a “gift” to give people I care about things that are bad for them – but are also a welcome surprise to the person I give it to. And even though I give “healthy” gifts, obviously I don’t want to imply “you’re a mess and you need this to fix yourself.” Not a terribly thoughtful message at any time of year. [Read more...]
Incorporating activity into your everyday life can become addictive; at the very least I hope that it’ll become a habit for you. It certainly has for me!
Once daily exercise and constant movement have become second nature to you, you may find yourself wanting to up the ante a little bit. There are ways to really maximize the physical benefits of exercise by layering activities.
For the purely practical among us, riding a bike anywhere is an excellent substitute for driving, but if you ride to work and home everyday it becomes a normal part of your routine. Anything active that becomes habitual is a good thing; it no longer feels like a workout per se, it’s just a regular part of your day. [Read more...]
Choosing the more active path rather than the sedentary one is a guiding principle for living a long and healthy life. Forgive my bluntness, but there’s a reason you don’t see a lot of really old people who are fat. They’re all dead.
Building activity into your everyday life is a mindset. It makes you more cognizant of your physical body, which is part of that wonderful self-reinforcing virtuous cycle. And I’m just an obstinate old broad who believes that, “if I can move, I will move!”
To get you started I’ve compiled a list of suggestions for being active during ordinary, everyday activities: [Read more...]
Most every day I hear people say that family is the most important thing in their lives. Yet consistently they act as if that double bacon cheeseburger were the most important thing in their lives. Because in a very real way, when you choose the double bacon cheeseburger (or the cookie dough ice cream or the hot cinnamon soft pretzel at the mall), you are choosing that indulgence as more important than your loved ones. [Read more...]
We all know what “Black Friday” is. The day after Thanksgiving is now as near and dear to our hearts as Labor Day. It conjures up images of those intrepid souls – devout shoppers and deal-hunters – camped out in front of Target stores across America to get the 4am door-buster on a 60” plasma flat screen TV.
As long as they don’t bring a box of Krispy Kreme donuts with them, I have no problem with that. I certainly won’t be joining them, but I have no problem with that. [Read more...]
My husband (aka “resident comedian”) has said for years that you can time the guests’ arrival at any family gathering by the onset of my nervous breakdown. Haha! Funny guy! He can afford to make light of such situations because it’s not his keister on the line. Beleaguered cooks across America know what I’m talking about when I say that entertaining, especially holiday entertaining, is an orchestrated dance that takes meticulous planning, spot-on timing, flawless execution and a little bit of good luck. So laugh all you want to buddy; I am a well-oiled machine when it comes to putting on a holiday spread that rivals Martha Stewart! [Read more...]