WOW! Another year has passed and I'm heading into the New Year excited to see what 2014 will bring and grateful for all the blessings and opportunities 2013 has offered!
It's hard to sum it all up into words -- but this video does a great job of explaining why 2013 ROCKED!
Dream Big my friends, dream big!
Ever feel like the holidays are a marathon of to-do lists and eating and drinking and being off schedule?? You know my mantra...Keep. It. Simple. Here are 5 tips to do just that this week!
Healthy Holiday Tip #7 - Indulge Smartly
Thought you'd like this one! Essential because you're going to indulge over the holidays, so do it smartly.
Aim for a low-sugar dark chocolate with at least 80 percent cacao, preferably organic, and enjoy sparingly. For extra indulgence, smear some almond butter on top of it.
Healthy Holiday Tip #6: Keep it Simple - Drink a Shake
You're spending a long weekend at your in-laws and your breakfast options include cinnamon-raisin French toast or blueberry pancakes. Do you indulge or skip breakfast? Neither!!
You are in charge of your nutrition and it's okay to say no to less-healthy options! After all, you are the one who has to live in your body, not anybody else.
A protein shake can rescue you in even the trickiest situation for a fast, filling, cravings-busting meal. Whether I'm at the airport or on the road, I always keep vegan (but not soy) protein powder with me. I always travel with some of "my food": shake packets, Quest bars, 100 cal packets of almonds, small packets of almond butter, dried fruit. When I travel for longer trips and check my luggage which includes my $15 Hamilton-Beech $15 travel blender from Target - it fits perfectly in my suitcase - so I can make my shakes each and every day.
Here are two good recipes to try: "The Virgin Diet Shake" and Chocolate Raspberry Vegan Smoothie.
Shakeology also offers some DELICIOUS recipes online, check it out: http://www.shakeology.com/shake-recipes
Healthy Holiday Tip #5: Fill up on Fiber!
Fiber is your holiday friend for fast fat loss. It slows stomach emptying, dials down your hunger hormone ghrelin, balances blood sugar, and reduces cravings so you're less likely to dive into the red velvet cupcakes. The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention recommend a daily intake of fiber of between 25 to 35 grams for adults, but I personally aim for 50.
To make it easy to meet your daily quota, try to eat high-fiber foods like berries (especially raspberries), lentils, leafy greens and nuts and seeds. Throw some flax or chia seeds into your protein shake for an easy fiber boost. Oh, and a simple trick to curb appetite and get more fiber in your diet: stir a scoop of ground flaxseed or a fiber supplement into 16 ounces of water about 30 minutes before you eat. Here are another 19 high-fiber foods you can enjoy any time of year.
Healthy Holiday Tip #4: Control Stress
Long lines, family gatherings, and forced joy can create anxiety, worry, and stress during the holiday season. Along with too much caffeine, wine, and of course, sugar, you’ve got a surefire formula to keep your stress hormone cortisol ramped up all day, breaking down muscle and storing fat.
Find your center of calm: meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or just walking your dog around the block can provide momentary bliss during the frantic season.
It sounds cliche' but words often become cliche' because they are true...take time to appreciate the joys of the holiday season. Think about what is most meaningful to you...take extra time in wrapping gifts or preparing a holiday meal....savor a mug of hot cider....play holiday music...heck, wear jingle bells on your shoes if it makes you smile! The point is, find the pieces of the season that bring YOU joy and do more of those!
Healthy Holiday Tip #3: Exercise!
Driving past the gym to the mall for holiday shopping becomes easy unless you've committed to yourself and your trainer that you'll fit exercise into your life. Muscle is your "metabolic Spanx" that holds everything together, something you'll appreciate all too well when you put on that little black dress come New Year's Eve.
More importantly, exercise makes us all happier...the more we move, the happier we get. Fit people are simply happier people...better spouses, better parents, better people.
If the gym is not an option for you, try a home workout video -- (the ALL NEW P90X3 is a great choice!) or even try some of the OnDemand workouts. You can get your workout in about the time it takes to find a parking space at the mall.
HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIP #2: Catch some Z's
'Tis the season to party late, but that lack of sleep can show up around your waistline. I'm not just talking about devouring that piece of apple spice cake. Just one night's sleep can also knock fat-burning hormones out of whack, leaving you cranky and craving those peppermint brownies your coworker brought in.
A lack of sleep will affect how we function, how we feel, how we move through our day...Quite often, we don't even know how good we can feel until we finally get some sleep!
The best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is seven-to-nine hours of high quality sleep every night. Here are 10 steps to help you fall and stay asleep.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/blog/7-essentials-to-stay-lean-and-healthy-during-the-holidays#ixzz2nSQhQ1xX
During the holidays it is super easy to get distracted by all the parties, shopping and tasty treats and forget about taking care of yourself. That's why when I saw this information from LIVESTRONG, I thought it would be great to share!
Each day this week be on the lookout for a tip on how you can stay healthy during the holidays. These tips aren't hard - they don't cost any money - but they do require for you to be mindful -- mindful of your body - mindful of your surroundings and committed to allowing yourself be a priority!
Put YOURSELF on your holiday wish list -- you're worth it!
HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIP #1: DRINK WATER!
Did you know that more than 50 percent of the human body is made of water? Dehydration can make that number drop, and fast! Dehydration means your metabolism coming to a grinding halt and increasing your body's inflammation levels, often resulting in weight loss resistance. By the time you realize you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Even as little as 2-5% dehydration can cause a marked drop in performance and function.
But, luckily, there's a super easy fix!! Start with a large glass of filtered water upon waking and keep a water bottle nearby to sip throughout the day. Water can even nix those late-night cravings for gingerbread cookies: a University of Washington found drinking 8 ounces of water at bedtime could shut down your evening hunger pangs.
Find more about dehydration here.
Outside of the gym, my fulltime job is COO of the Voris house. It's a blessing to be able to be home when my girls get home from school, to be able to keep up with our crazy busy schedules and most of all, that I'm able to be there cheering each of my girl's on as they spread their wings and reach accomplishments of their own.
My husband and I have worked hard to create a life where we are present parents, involved in their life experiences, providing opportunities for them to follow their passions. As high school English teacher utilizing day care, I vowed that one day I would design a life where I would never miss first experiences, school activities, or just 'hang out' time. Following my passion into fitness has enabled me to design my life and by my girls' biggest cheerleader!
That's why I'm BURSTING with pride that my oldest daughter, Jenna, is going to be performing in the upcoming Rose Bowl Parade as a member of Carmel High School's award-winning color guard team.
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Married to a college football coach, 3 daughters, Beachbody Master Trainer and Coach, Disney fanatic, aspire to inspire, serve others, and be a force of passion. Meet Julie!