- Created on 26 November 2013
The holidays are here! So how are you honestly feeling FitGirl? Are you dreading this calorie-heavy celebration or are you counting down the days until you can undo your top bottom with glee? Well no matter what your attitude about this day of gratitude may be, I have some news you can truly be grateful for: you can have it all this Thanksgiving! The gratitude without the attitude, and the grub without the guilt. Here's how:
1. Sit Up And Pay Attention
Did you know that slouching can cause you to overeat? NY Orthopedic Surgeon and author of "Keys to an Amazing Life: Secrets of the Cervical Spine," Dr. Kenneth Hansraj suggests focusing on holding your posture the entire time during dinner time. Proper digestion only occurs when we are sitting up straight. Dr. Hansraj says, "If you're slouched over your plate, food cannot travel to the stomach in time for your body to tell your brain it's getting full; it can take twice as long; thus causing you to eat twice as much leaving you full and tired."
2. Double Up When You Gobble Up
According to Pando Health Group's founders Mark and Kim Chartrand, a great way to indulge without the bulge is to "start the party with protein-based foods." This will help lower your insulin response and will ultimately keep your blood sugar levels stable. So before you start planning your second helping of grandma's mac and cheese gobble up with one more helping of turkey sis.
3. Going Small Is A Good Call
"Small bites and small breaks will allow you to enjoy a steady-paced meal without needing to slow down or stop eating entirely," says Dr. Hansraj. Take small bites of the highly caloric sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing and cheesy casseroles, but load up your fork with turkey and string beans. Also, take a 5 minute break between each helping to allow your stomach to catch up with your eyes. On average it takes between 12-14 minutes for our bodies to recognize we're full. So before you head back to the kitchen to pile up for seconds crack a few jokes or ask "Cousin-So-And-So" how she's doing.
Who doesn't love a bubbly cocktail during Thanksgiving? However getting in the spirit with too many spirits can harm your heart says the Chartrand duo. Drinking excessively can cause "holiday heart syndrome" an irregular heartbeat in otherwise healthy people. So just like you work those intervals in the gym, do the same thing at the dinner table this Thanksgiving. Have an adult bubbly drink followed by a virgin sparkling water with a squeeze of fruit in a stemmed glass. Cheers!
Exercise While You Eat
That's right! Flex your muscles and lift those forks girl. Ok, I'm kidding. Get your momma's good silver out the air and discreetly bend and twist instead. Dr. Hansraj suggests taking a break in between bites to do "Mini Chair Exercises."
These bends and twists will help you keep your blood pumping and metabolism working. Bending to the right or left (as if you were picking up a fork you dropped) and sideways twists (like you're greeting a guest behind you) are two small, but effective ways to help your body digest. Who knows, all that flippin' and dippin' may lead to a family dance party post dinner. Fun fun fun!
Robbie Ann Darby (RAD Experience) is a professional FitGirl, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in NYC. Follow her sweaty life on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more fun health and fitness tips!
- Created on 25 November 2013
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It's T minus just days, where T equals the most anticipated home-cooked meal in the country's collective consciousness. But that doesn't mean you have that long to morph into Martha Stewart and host a holiday party that would put a pilgrim to shame. Do everyone a favor and dial down the pressure on the whole shebang.
You've heard the expression, "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." Well, the same might be said of a hostess and her party. If you're feeling stressed and flustered, that's the vibe you give your gathering. And let's face it, there's enough drama around the holidays without party performance anxiety. With that in mind, here are five tips to keep you and your guests feeling -- what's that? -- thankful for this occasion.
Read the rest of the story at The Huffington Post.
- Created on 22 November 2013
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If there's anyone who knows how to keep their bodies in impeccable shape, it's these guys:
They're paid to make clothes look good, grace the cover of magazines and even sell skivvies, so needless to say, male models Josh Truesdell, Bryce Thompson and Chad White know a thing or two about fitness. Sure, it's their job to be super-buff, but the diet and exercise rules they swear by can guide us all in the right direction. The Soul Artist Management trio stopped by HuffPost Live to share some of the industry's top health secrets.
Go here to read their 12 strongest tips and watch a video to see them in action.
- Created on 21 November 2013
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A social media tool known for being a platform for breaking news, selfie photos and over-sharing the minutiae of day-to-day life could also be an important public health tool, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
San Diego State University researchers found that posts on Twitter seemed to accurately predict flu outbreaks in different regions across the United States.
Researchers examined tweets that originated within a 17-mile radius of 11 different cities between Aug. 31 and March 4, 2013, recording the usernames, locations, tweet information (whether it was a tweet or reweet) and any links used in the tweets.
Over that time period, 161,821 tweets were recorded that contained the word "flu," while 6,174 tweets contained the word "influenza." Then, the researchers compared the location data of those tweets to data on flu-like illness rates on city and county levels.
Out of the 11 cities whose tweets were examined, there was a statistically significant correlation for nine of those cities between the number of posts on Twitter regarding flu or influenza, and actual rates of flu-like illness.
Read the rest of the story here.