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Is it just me, or is it practically impossible to keep the weight off during the holidays?

October 31, 2017

The million dollar question.

The answer is simple. Make good choices. Everything in life has to be about balance and moderation. You must exercise self-control. There is no fast track or quick fix here. Yes, I can give you tips on how to drop a dress size in two weeks, but the reality is…you’ll put that weight back on, and possibly even a couple of extra pounds on top of that. Your mindset really has to change. Can you commit to getting, and staying, fit? It’s your choice. It is up to you. With Halloween now just behind us and December quickly approaching, here come all of the delicious temptations…at office parties and school concerts that are filled with mulled wine and mince pies a-plenty, you have to choose. If you choose to indulge in a lovely little treat, then treat yourself to long walk the next day. The point is to move more in the winter as it can feel harder to do. You don’t have to go to the gym every day, and most especially if you feel like you over-indulged on mince pies the day before. Don’t punish yourself in the gym for falling off of your programme – that’s exactly when you fall out of love with exercise. Instead, try to do something you wouldn’t normally do, like a hot yoga class, or a barre class that has a speciality element like HIIT or sculpting. Barre classes seem harmless whilst you are taking them, but you’ll feel the burn over the next 48 hours as they work similarly to Pilates utilising very precise isolated moves used to engage the smallest inner muscles deep within your butt, thighs and tum that help focus on core stability which we love as it helps increase our overall balance.

How to enjoy the parties and stay fit at the same time.

December is the ideal month to socialise, so why not throw a party? That way, you can manage all of the ingredients yourself and ensure they are super healthy as well as tasty and festive. It’s not always about weight or fat loss. December is a great month to keep the status quo. You can enjoy really healthy, amazing dishes as long as you exercise portion control and use a little imagination. One of my favourite brain boosting super antioxidants is resveratrol. It also happens to tie in nicely with the Christmas season as it is found in red wine and cranberries! It is sparsely available in our diets since it is in so few foods, but surely we can whip something up with these amazing ingredients?  See my post from earlier this year on how to throw a fabulous resveratrol party.  I have some recipes I regularly make, so tweet me if you are interested in more.

Enjoy!

 

Is it just me, or is Resveratrol really the ‘Fountain of Youth’?

March 7, 2017

During our winter health and fitness craze, my husband and I have done a few fun dinner parties with healthy-ish themes. Seriously, we will try anything to keep it creative. Our latest: a red wine resveratrol dinner party. And, of course, don’t forget to keep moderation in moderation.

Why resveratrol? Well, it’s the often hyped yet completely under-looked super antioxidant. Here’s why. Thoughts are trans-resveratrol found in the skins of red grapes, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries, peanuts, pistachios and even dark chocolate, acts as a major blood flow booster which in turn provides protective support to one’s cardiovascular health – keeping your heart pumping nice and strong. Resveratrol also lowers LDL (low density lipoproteins), the bad type of cholesterol. It is also responsible for cell replication, and being a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, it helps slow down the ageing process. Some have even called it the ‘Fountain of Youth’. We’ll have a cup (or two!) of that.

Here’s how to host your own resveratrol dinner party with maximum resveratrol consumption.

Serve this:

Pre-dinner snacks: Skin on peanuts

Dinner: Lean lamb steaks cooked in a blackberry, blueberry and cranberry sauce served with steamed green beans and toasted sliced pistachios. One of my favourite green bean recipes is from Dr. David Perlmutter’s book GRAIN BRAIN (in the back recipe section with almonds, so just substitute those with pistachios to hit your resveratrol quota). Serve the lamb on a bed of mashed cauliflower and celeriac instead of mashed potatoes, but only if you’re going carb free (as I do being a Type 1 diabetic).  Otherwise, eat the potatoes!

Dessert: Crushed chunks of dark Valrhona chocolate served drizzled with fresh raspberries and crème fraiche.

Drink: Pinot Noir or wine from the St. Laurent region, as both of these varietals are thought to have the highest amounts of resveratrol available.

The entire menu is simple to prepare and utterly delicious. Yum!