Do you find that the scale moves up a few pounds during this time of the year? During summertime, we're focused on our bodies, given we know we'll be wearing the revealing clothing that goes with that season, but when fall and winter come around, that mindset falls away like autumn leaves. Maybe it's our primitive instinct to bulk up when the weather gets colder; it probably also has a lot to do with our busy holiday shopping and social schedules interfering with our regular workouts, and with all the tasty holiday treats lying in wait to tempt us everywhere we turn, regardless. But don't let the layers of clothing become layers of fat. Follow these tips to stay healthier and fitter this holiday season.
Now, I love the holidays as much as anyone, so I'm not asking you to deprive yourself of any holiday cheer. I'm just asking you to be aware of your body and the temptations and pitfalls it faces this season. Because the holidays have a way of testing your self-control, it's a good idea to have a plan in place well in advance for dealing with them. That way, you'll have a better chance of remaining on your regular regimen of exercise and dieting. You can even make it your New Year's resolution to keep a healthy lifestyle and continue working toward your goals.
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When was the last time you checked in with your liver? In truth, most of us don't give our livers much thought, except maybe the morning after a night spent drinking too many dirty martinis. And that's too bad because the liver is an organ that is critical to your health.
Next to your skin, your liver is the second largest organ in the body. You can find this lovely maroon colored organ under your upper right ribcage. Every single nutrient that enters the body must pass through your liver in order to be transformed into something useful. Your liver plays a key role in blood production, producing proteins, iron and vitamin B-12. It turns carbohydrates, proteins, and fat into glucose that can be used throughout the entire body. Its most famous job is ridding the body of harmful and useless toxins also known as detoxification.
Too much alcohol, processed junk, and greasy fried foods can negatively impact this miracle organ. In addition, stress and environmental pollution can severely reduce your liver's capabilities. Fortunately, there are many foods you can eat to nourish and heal your liver.
Dr. Sandra Cabot, the author of The Healthy Liver and Bowel Book, suggests that individuals eat foods to pamper their bodies. To fully support your liver, you need to eat a combination of foods. Some foods help the liver in the detoxification process. Others protect the liver while it's doing its detoxifying. Here are 10 suggestions that can help you pamper that oh so precious organ that answers to the name liver:
Eating a delicious, balanced diet can keep your liver happy and healthy or even heal a damaged liver in a very short period of time. Take the power back when it comes to your health and watch carefully what you put in your body. Make sure you are helping your organs and not causing them to work harder than they need to. You will reap a lifetime of benefits.
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Satisfy your cravings for a holiday dessert with this tasty yet healthy cinnamon-ginger spiced treat.
Place chocolate Shakeology, cinnamon, ginger, ice, and milk in blender; cover. Blend until creamy.
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Got relatives staying with you over the holidays? Here's an easy breakfast recipe, chock-full of healthy fruit and nuts, that'll serve a small army.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 13" x 9" x 2" baking dish or pan with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples, raisins, sugar, and walnuts, and mix them together well. Allow mixture to stand for 30 minutes. Then stir olive oil, vanilla, and egg into mixture. Sift flour, soda, and cinnamon together, then slowly stir into apple mixture, making sure it stays moist. Fold mixture into pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool slightly before serving. Makes 20 servings.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 to 40 minutes
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