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Glass Half-Full Holiday Health

December 23rd, 2010 No Comments

— By Nutritionista

A lot of people (if not most) complain about the holidays in terms of what it does to their waistlines. Sure, there’s more food around — and more of it is on the indulgent side. But that’s why we have the Here and Now Concept, right? Beyond that, though, there are some other reasons why the holidays don’t have to be a debacle when it comes to your diet. In fact, it can be a time to really get back on track when it comes to food and fitness. Don’t believe me? Here are some reasons why the holidays can be good for your health:

  • There are often TONS of food options! Yes, you have to take the good with the bad on this one, but I believe that most people have at least some healthy food options at their holiday table — and they’ll be delicious, too! Often, the main dish is some kind of roast meat, and there are usually a few veggie sides to go along with it. Fill the majority of your plate with protein and veggies, and fill in the small holes with little bites of the carby stuff. When it comes to dessert, DEFINITELY consider Here and Now.
  • The abundance of food makes it easy to have many small meals. Holiday parties with more appetizers than you can count or a houses where food seems to be constantly coming out of the kitchen might seem like tricky situations to navigate. But you can really take advantage of the various food options to eat 5-6 smaller meals full of variety (instead of 3 larger ones). Use appetizer plates or just napkins to keep the small meals well-portioned, and just remind yourself that you can always eat again in a few hours when you get hungry — because the food isn’t going anywhere.
  • You can buddy up with health-minded relatives. Find your cousin or aunt who cares about staying healthy at the holidays and team up to find workout time and stick to the healthy (yet tasty) food options. Although your whole family might not be on the healthy-living boat, I’m betting you have at least one family member who is — or at least will support you in your goals. If it’s not too cold out, take walks, do a group workout video, or conduct an impromptu workout class (I’ve done this with my fam and it’s actually super fun).
  • You usually have a bit more down time. Yes, you might be traveling, or spending time with a myriad of relatives. But when you’re off work, you suddenly have eight hours a day that you don’t usually have. Use them to your advantage! Use some of that extra leisurely family movie/lounging time to fit in a workout. Don’t belong to a gym nearby? That’s no excuse! Here’s a 20-minute workout you can do with absolutely no equipment:
  • minute 1: mountain climbers
  • minute 2: jump lunges
  • minute 3: fake jump rope
  • minute 4: push-ups
  • minute 5: jumping jacks
  • minute 6: shadowboxing
  • minute 7: run in place
  • minute 8: squat jumps
  • minute 9: high knees
  • minute 10: tricep dips (use a bed or sturdy table)
  • minute 11: butt kicks
  • minute 12: supermans
  • minute 13: shadowboxing
  • minute 14: oblique punches (twist and punch while in a squat position)
  • minute 15: high jumps
  • minute 16: plank
  • minute 17: ski jumps
  • minute 18: tricep pushups (form your hands in a diamond shape)
  • minute 19: alternating lunges
  • minute 20: pushups
  • You’re more relaxed! Unless your family is REALLY crazy (or your hosting 30 people), you’re probably a bit more relaxed and laid-back during the holidays than you normally are. Use this to your advantage! Instead of using the holidays as an excuse to never get up from the couch, use your mellow mood to your advantage. It can be hard to make good food and fitness decisions when you’re stressed, so think of this time as a health jump-start for the rest of the year.

I know the holidays can be chaotic, but I promise, you can use the time to your advantage. If all else fails, just know that spending time with friends and family is good for your health regardless. Happy holidays!

You are what you repeat

December 20th, 2010 No Comments

— Jeff Halevy, Our Trainer

MR: Jeff is right.  It’s important to repeat good behavior so they become habits.  Whether it’s in our diet or fitness.

You should get the skinny on what you eat

December 9th, 2010 No Comments

Check in with Chemical Free Skinny, a blog that keeps you informed in the latest news and findings in the food world.

It’s not exactly a fun read, but with all of the chemicals and crap they put in food these days, we have to be educated and aware of what we are putting into our bodies.

(Click here to read the post regarding fish, tuna in particular.)

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Going Way Low-Cal to Lose Weight?

December 9th, 2010 8 Comments

— By Nutritionista

So glad to be back blogging on MTM! I’m always available for questions or post suggestions, so please let me know if you have any ideas (nutritionista@morethanmary.com).

Mary told me she got a question from one of her readers about whether it’s okay to eat less than 1,200 calories a day in an attempt to drop weight quickly.

The short answer? No, it’s absolutely not okay — or safe.

The long answer? No, and here’s why:

  • No one can get adequate nutrition from fewer than 1,200 calories/day. It’s just not possible.
  • You’ll be absolutely starving ALL the time. If you eat fewer than 1,200 calories/day, I can guarantee you’ll be miserable all the time.
  • It’s just not sustainable. Eating so few calories is basically equivalent to a crash diet. And as we all know, crash diets might help you drop a couple pounds quickly (and miserably), but you will sure as heck gain it right back — and then some — as soon as you start eating more. Trust me, you WILL start eating more (see above!)
  • Your body will go into starvation mode. If you eat very little consistently over time, your body starts to use lean tissue or muscle to function, and that leads to a loss of muscle. Loss of muscle means your body is burning fewer calories at rest, meaning your metabolic rate goes wayyyy down and your body needs fewer calories to function. This is a bad thing because if you then feed it more calories (which will happen — again, see above!), it will have no choice but to store them as extra weight.
  • Quite simply, severely limiting your calories is disordered eating. If you’re not eating enough calories to get the nutrients your body requires (and experts agree that anything under 1,200 means you’re not), you’re at the first stop on a train that can easily lead to other eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.
  • There are so many other easier (and WAY more pleasant!) ways to lose weight. If you stick to whole, unprocessed foods, keep the sugar and processed grains low, and listen to your hunger signals, you can lose weight in a way that won’t leave you starving, cranky, and miserable.

Stay tuned for more tips on eating well (i.e., foods that are nutritious AND delicious!). If you have a request, don’t hesitate to contact me!

The Best for VEGGIE Juice – Omega Juicer

November 16th, 2010

And here we have the Omega Juicer ($260). Ta daaaah. It’s Brice approved and guaranteed better veggie juice. Apparently it extracts more juice than a Breville, which is better for fruit.

Definitely not as sexy as the Breville…
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Younger men are at risk too. Educate yourself!

November 15th, 2010

Men, did you know that you can develop prostate cancer in your 30’s?! 

Take a few mintues to hear my friend Gabe’s story.  He found out he had it at 35 BY ACCIDENT!

Since then, he’s been actively trying to bring awareness to young men. He’s started a facebook page, speaks publically, and writes articles in hope that younger men will get tested.

Most recently he wrote this piece for The Huffington Post calling on the NFL to bring attention to prostate cancer like they did for breast cancer.

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“If you are what you eat, as they say, then it certainly stands to reason that food can influence mood and brain power.”

November 11th, 2010

Link: “If you are what you eat, as they say, then it certainly stands to reason that food can influence mood and brain power.”

This is a great article in the LA Times that addresses not only our brain’s response to food, but also common myths like “sugar makes children hyperactive.”

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Finding the right words for Botox

September 8th, 2010 No Comments


The Houston Chronicle has asked me to share my experience and thoughts about being young and making the commitment to use Botox and fillers as anti-aging measures.

Most have you have been watching my bi-anual injections for 2 years now and have voiced very strong opinions on the topic.

As I listened, your perspectives resonated in my thoughts because you all made reasonable and/or emotionally charged statements.  Although your comments have not re-directed my regimen, they are still valid.

So I would like you to participate in this article as well because you have been with me on this journey.  If you feel inclined to share your thoughts, whatever they may be, I’ll pose a question you can answer at the end of this post, or if you have more to say, email me directly.

Any and all comments are welcome.  Thank you for contributing!

So, what are your thoughts on my botox injections in an effort to fill the wrinkles in my forehead and prevent them as well as others from intensifying?

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