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BOOOOOOO!!!!!

It’s Halloween, and the only thing more frightening than a new Saw movie is all of the candy you are keeping in your hips, thighs and belly!  I chatted with you on Monday about how to avoid binging on candy in the house, but now let’s turn our attention to your entire family.  Especially your children!

By all means, allow your children to go Trick or Treating, the money you will save on therapy later will be well worth it.  But you can be mindful of the money you will be spending on diets, exercise equipmet and dentists by taking a few steps to help you children (and yourself) cope with the large quantities of candy they may bring home tonight.

First, limit the quantity of candy they actually get to eat. Allow them to pick their favorite 30 pieces of candy (the number can vary) and put that aside.  Then each day they can have two pieces, and when it is gone, it is gone.  What do you do with the left over stash?  If I were you I would get it out of the house so you don’t eat it yourself.  Especially if there are any of your favorite treats, mine happen to be Snickers Bars and M&M’s.

Second, schedule more activity to burn the calories.  You could do animal relay races where the kids imitate their favorite animals.  You could go play soccer or jump rope with your children, that way you get to burn more calories and set a good example.  Even something as simple as putting on music and dancing in the living room for 20-30 minutes will increase your caloric expenditure as well as entertain your family.

Third, make sure you increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables everyone in your household is eating.  The fiber in these foods helps you to feel full longer, hence decreasing the need to binge on anything else between meals.  This is an amazing rule to live by no matter what your age or activity level: fresh produce on a daily basis is a great way to add to the volume of food you consume while decreasing overall caloric intake….an equation that adds up to success for any nutrition plan!

Most importantly, have a safe, healthy and Happy Halloween with your family!

Have a healthy day.

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Continuing on my healthy lifestyle blog from yesterday, I found a report from the Harvard Medical School Newsletter promoting the virtues of exercise as a critical component to health and longevity. You can read the article for yourself: http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/HEALTHbeat_062107.htm

But here is a quick quote from their June 21, 2007 newsletter:

“In a nutshell, exercise can:
-reduce your chances of getting heart disease. For those who already have heart disease, exercise reduces the chances of dying from it.
-lower your risk of developing hypertension and diabetes.
-reduce your risk for colon cancer and some other forms of cancer.
-improve your mood and mental functioning.
-keep your bones strong and joints healthy.
-help you maintain a healthy weight.

-help you maintain your independence well into your later years.”

When you are sick, you do not feel good, you do not want to get out in the world and live life to the fullest. When we are sick life has to slow down until we are better….and some of these illnesses take months or years to recover from, if you can recover at all.

Find time for fitness and exercise, there are more reasons to do it everyday.

What is your motivation?

Have a healthy day!

I don’t normally blog about spiritual subjects, but today I am.

Click this link http://www.theinterviewwithgod.com/

Dax Moy, a personal trainer in the UK, sent me this link a few months ago and I just played it again.

It is quite possibly the most beautiful message I have read in my entire life, and that is not an exaggeration.

See for yourself.

You may just want to share this message with others too, as I am now. And while you are at it, send them a link to www.curvygirlfitness.blogspot.com, and share the gift of fitness inspiration!

Have a healthy day

Let’s K-I-S-S

Keep It Simple Silly. I love when I can share the easiest and most practical information with you, because let’s face it: if it gets complicated we may not take the time to do it.

So today’s info is the best nutritional advice I have heard in a long time.

There has been so much debate and advertising lately that carbs are bad for you, and should be avoided. I have heard them all too, but today I was reading an interview with Dr. Chris Mohr, PhD, and I loved what he had to say: EAT MORE FIBER!

Talk about keeping it simple!

Think about it, the carbs that are good for us contain more fiber: veggies, fruit, and whole grains. Refined carbs have less fiber (or none at all) and those are the carbs you want to limit your intake of.

So make sure you are eating vegetables with every meal and you will have better results with your nutrition program.

In the spirit of keeping it simple, that is all I have to say for today!

So add more fiber and have a healthy day!