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How To Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick!

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New year, New me? The start of a New Year always motivates people to make a change for the better. It is never too late to want to improve on lifestyle choices, but half the battle is maintaining these newfound resolutions. Here are some tips to make sure that these habits become more than temporary and fall into a part of your set routine!

Starting gradually

There is no harm in wanting to dream big when it comes to improving your health and wellness, but the key is the be realistic. Being able to identify what you are capable of and how you can can gradually work from your current state is a good start to how you can transition into bettering your routine. Attempting to partake in unrealistic goals is just discouraging, and will do the opposite of what creating big goals would do.

Change your habits one at a time

A journey consists of overcoming multiple obstacles to make the work satisfying. It is a matter of tackling these challenges one at a time to ensure the success of each one. Different obstacles require different needs – so make sure to focus on them!

Express your goals to others

What is better than being accountable to yourself with these ambitious goals? Expressing and sharing your determination with someone else! You are both not only influencing others to partake in your journey to better your life, but you feel more obligated to stick with these goals knowing that someone is counting on you to achieve them! No harm in having a personal cheerleader throughout the process to check up on your progress.

Don’t be so hard on yourself

Sometimes it it tough to determine where the fine line is drawn when it comes to being overly ambitious and realistic. Goals wouldn’t be goals without encountering challenges along the way. Fortunately, you have the luxury of tailoring your journey to fit you personally. So if goals need to be adjusted don’t stress – focus on the fact that you are proactively making changes to be better!

 

Glass A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Home-Tile2-12-16The holiday season is approaching, and there is no better way to accompany your meals than with a nice glass of wine to top it all off. Although implementing alcohol to a healthy diet does have a negative connotation, moderation is key. Cheers to popping open a bottle and celebrating everything that the holiday season has to offer – with all the people whom you love the most!

Immune System Boost

Moderate alcohol consumption has the ability to fight off unwanted infections, keeping your immune system in balance!

Reduced Risk of Stroke

Red wine contains phenols that act as a natural blood thinner, in turn, breaking up any blood clots that could lead to a stroke. There is also resveratrol found in red grape skins that have the potential to protect against stroke when the grapes are turned into wine.

Lowers Cholesterol

Procyanidins found in red wine helps promote a healthy heart that lowers cholesterol. Resveratrol lowers bad cholesterol, while increasing the good cholesterol resulting in the desired cholestol levels that will keep you healthy! 

Reduces Risk of Cancer

The thought of cancer is just scary because studies seem to claim that anything can increase ours risks these days. So when you hear a study that counteracts these claims, why not hop on that bandwagon? The antioxidants found in wine combat free radicals that allow cancer to thrive. Resveratrol not only combats heart disease, but also is known to fight against cancerous cells. It is a practically a win win situation for everyone!

Improves Cognitive Function

Wine is food for the brain! The chemicals found in red wine prevent neurons found in the brain from dying off, improving overall brain function. It protects the brain from dementia and essentially decreases your chances of getting neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Cheers to a new year and long life!

Diana Banzon

 

Winter Workouts That You Don’t Even Realize!

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The winter season has a negative reputation that many constantly blame as the main reason as to why people avoid partaking in physical activity outside. Well, it no longer has to to be seen that way when dressed in the appropriate winter gear that will keep you cozy and warm. Here are a list of activities that you should considering partaking in this winter season that will for sure encourage you to get moving outside. You won’t even realize it because you are too distracted by all the festive fun you are having!

Sledding

The dreaded trek up the hill that seems to last forever is both exhausting and tedious with all of gravity going against you and your quads, in exchange for a couple seconds of adrenaline. But hey, the ride down makes it worth it and is motivation enough to continue the never ever cycle with friends. At some point, it no longer feels like a workout and turns more into a bonding experiences with those who you love being around with most!

Ice Skating

Whether it be on an intimate date or a just causal hang out with friends, skating does wonders for your whole body. It provides complete aerobic workout and involves all of the body’s muscles, especially the heart, that you can’t even tell you are working out when you are having fun with great company – or spending time falling on the ice, either or!

Skiing/Snowboarding

These sports epitomize the winter season. Both provide a catastrophic list of benefits beyond the obvious. It is proven to strengthen bones and joints, improve balance and core strength, and promoting deep sleep after all the workout it has put your body throughout its the full duration of the activity.

Snowball Fights

From the throwing that works your arms, the dodging and hiding that involves being in a constant squating or crouching position, to the cardio involved in all the running involved in the game – a simply game of snowball fight contributes to a full body workout without realizing it! 

Shoveling

No one likes to every be bothered with this dreaded task, but we all know it needs to be done. Dress warm, pop some music in your ears and remember that it works muscles in your arms, shoulders, legs, back, and core. Only 30 minutes of shoveling can burn about 250 calories!

 

Take it down on the Tech

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Technology is everywhere. Our generation is so heavily reliant on it that we can’t even imagine a world without it. There is obviously no turning back from all the progress we have overcome. Despite all the benefits and conveniences that technology provides us, it also has the tendency to contribute to some drawbacks to our health that many people tend to disregard. Here are the reasons as to why you should take time to take a break from technology and learn to appreciate the simpler things in life!

Phones can cause…

Stress

Studies show that here has been a correlation between smartphones and stress. So during times of stress, try to resort to another way to cope with it as opposed to checking your messages and alerts. Sometimes the content that you see only induces the stress instead of doing the opposite. 

Radiation

Although cell phones are known to emit radiation and there hasn’t necessarily been any further research to prove that it is harmful, doesn’t the thought of children being exposed to these rays at such a young age feel unsettling? With further research who knows what else we could uncover in regards to radiation and our daily interaction with it. 

Acne

We use our phones ALL the time. Your phone comes into contact with many things on the daily that it harbors oil and bacteria overtime. This constant contact has the capability to cause acne, so make sure to give your phone some sanitation every here and there.

Don’t forget about computers…

Wrist pain

One of cause of wrist pain known as carpal tunnel can come from excessive typing. When typing up a big paper make sure to prioritize some breaks and ease up on that keyboard.

Neck and back pain

Unfortunately computer use doesn’t stop at the wrists. An overload of computer use can contribute to back and neck pain. An easy solution? Place the computer on a case that comes holds it up or a standing desks perfect for any office – both at work or at home!

Don’t be afraid of technology. Just be aware of your limits and don’t let it stop you from living your life to the fullest!

Holiday Health Hacks

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Who says Thanksgiving food and festivities have to be exclusive to just that day? I’d like to think that many of the staple meals overlap or are very similar to what you will be expecting to eat for Christmas.

The holiday season is a time that brings the family together – along with those dreaded extra pounds. This season is meant to revolve around the bonding family, but we all know how brutal they can be even though they love you. Make a comeback in the greatest shape of your life this holiday season. Here are a couple ways to cutback, while still indulging on your all your holiday feast this year!

Load up on the veggies first

We tend to eat with our eyes. Start off your meal with piling on the veggies to take up majority of the space on your plate, then proceed by filling up the rest with the more healthy entrees. It will trick your stomach into feeling satisfied with the more healthy food and eating less of the unhealthier options.

Opt for sweet potatoes

Most holiday meals always consist of some form of carbs that always seems to tempt us at the dinner table. Don’t be fooled though, not all carbs are bad. Sweet potatoes are a much better alternative than your tradition potatoes because they have fewer carbs and calories. And are packed with more vitamin A and vitamin C. It also doesn’t require much seasoning because there it naturally packed with so much flavor!

Ditch the bird

Resort to buying the breast instead of the whole bird. It is easier to cut, prepare, and contains less calories than some of the other parts that has dark meat.

Cut the crust

Typically majority of the calories are where you will find majority of the calories, such as the carbohydrates. Cutting out the crust as a whole or resorting to a thinner crust makes a world of the difference calorie wise! You will already be indulging in everything else, if there is a way you can cut corners on the last part of your meal why not!

Come hungry, not starving

Eat a more satisfying snack that you know will fill you up with healthier options before being tempted when reaching the event. It will help you managed your hunger once all the tempting aromas hit you all at one!

Indulge!

Know one is expected to be at their most health conscious. If you just so happen to consider your holiday get togethers as your cheat day, just make some comprises such as hitting the gym twice as hard to compensate for all the damage. But most importantly, take your time to just relax and acknowledge what you are thankful for this season – that’s what the holidays are all about!

 

No Shave November!

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LISTEN UP MEN!

It’s finally that time of year when it starts to get chilly and and all the beards come out – for a great cause of course! November is the season where it is encouraged for men to embrace their hairs and ditch the razors in order to donate the money that could be going toward grooming tools to support cancer research. Aesthetics and charitable efforts aside, here are the health reasons that should motivate you to join the movement in rocking some scruff this November!

Your own personal toxin filter

There are many toxins that float around in the air that can pose as harmful to the lungs. Fortunately, your scruff can catch some of these pesky irritants such as pollen and dust, making it ideal for anyone who deals with asthma or allergies!

Sun protection

Studies show that a beard can help protect your skin from up to 95% of harmful UV rays. People disregard that the sun still can take a toll on our skin – even during the colder months. So remember to slather up on the sunscreen all year round!

Blemish protection

The act of shaving itself, having skin to skin contact with a blade that harbors bacteria, is only setting you up for breakouts. Having the skin openly exposed like that makes the pores more susceptible to absorbing oil and bacteria. Letting your beard grow free not only gives your skin a break from the abrasive process, but can instantly camouflage acne if it were to ever occur within that area of the face.

Habors moisture

With the weather being as drying and unforgiving as it is, the hairs of a beach can trap the skin’s natural oils that helps keep the skin nice and moisturized. Think of it as your very own natural you didn’t need to purchase that goes with you everywhere!

Whether it be through a donation, or embracing the ability to have hair that cancer patients lack, working a bearded face this season may just be the look! Beyond the positive health factors that go into letting your facial hair go wild and free, the cause is all the more reason to participate in this movement!

https://no-shave.org

 

Stay warm and fuzzy,

Diana Banzon

 

Beware of the Pumpkin Spice Latte!

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The fall time is upon us. That can only mean one thing…tis the season for all things Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Now don’t go rushing to Starbucks and start gorging yourself in this limited time offer before you know what you are actually ingesting. Pumpkin is healthy, along with the spices of nutmeg and cinnamon that contribute to the drink’s signature flavor. What could possibly be so bad?

The excessive amount of sugar is to blame. To put into perspective: A 16-ounce size of Starbucks’ version with 2 percent milk and whipped cream has 380 calories and contains 50 grams of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends for women to consume no more than 25 grams of sugar each day. That cup surpasses double the amount by drinking just one cup.

The amount of calories in a Pumpkin Spice Latte is enough to be considered a dessert, but is never seen as one since it is being ingested instead of being consumed. Studies show that ingesting all those calories does not equivate to the same satisfaction as seen with eating physical, solid foods. We don’t register the calories we ingest that leads to hunger causing unwanted weight gain.

Don’t let the name deceive you! There is more to this beverage beyond its alluring name. Obviously, there is no harm in ringing in the season with a warm cup here and there. Remember that moderation is key to living a life full of health and balance.

Fortunately, there are always there alternatives in making a healthier version of this beloved drink: https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/10/04/clean-skinny-pumpkin-spice-latte/

Stay cozy,

Diana Banzon


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