Making healthier choices everyday, not just in the new year

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®. 

The new year is fast approaching and I’m sure that brings many of us to ponder what new years resolutions to consider. Are you a new years resolutions type of girl? I used to be. I guess I still SORTA am… but my resolutions aren’t resolutions per se, they are actual goals that I want to achieve in the new year.

I go about it a bit differently. But anyway, one of the most common things people make resolutions for seems to be around their health. For me, it’s actually more of a business focus and presentation focus, BECAUSE I’ve been making health and wellness not a resolution but a lifestyle.

Photography by Kamila Gornia

Over the past year, there have been some changes I’ve made that remained and became more ingrained in my daily life.

  • I made meditation a thing – I never did meditation before, except hypnosis but this year I really became more present and focused on having it become more frequent in my routine. So glad I did.
  • I lost the pressure to count calories or eat what I hate and cover up my cravings. I just do what I want but I am mindful. I follow a specific way of eating right now but it’s been easy and quite effortless and I’m enjoying it (high protein, very little sugar and no grains 5-6 days a week) and I’ve seen great results with it so far in terms of my mood, how my cravings are, and in general. Good stuff.

Have you made some changes lately around your health? Share yours here by participating in the 45 Delightful People program. (Ps. Each participant in the 45 Delightful People program will automatically receive a free tee-shirt. So definitely worth it)

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4 Healthy Holiday Tips with Skinnygirl

This is a sponsored post with Skinnygirl. All opinions are my own.

Are you feeling the Holidays yet?

Christmas is already next week but for some reason it doesn’t really feel like it to me. Maybe it’s because the weather has been quite gentle with us in Chicago lately. Or maybe I’ve been just too busy to realize we’re already halfway through December. Who knows!

If you don’t agree and you’ve been totally loving the Holiday spirit lately and basking in all of its holiday snacking glory, I don’t want to scare you by saying that an average person gains 3-5 lbs every Holiday season. BUT that’s not to say you should stop indulging. Holidays only come once a year and I, for one, think it’s totally worth it ;)

However, there are still things you can do that don’t hurt your fun in the holiday season while remaining friendly with your foods, goodies, and your waistline. The fabulous friends over at Skinnygirl shared some tips with me that I wanted to pass on over to you!

  • Be a Scrooge Not a Grinch:  Taste Everything!  When faced with a holiday buffet, dinner or party, it is OK to take a little taste of the dishes that tempt you most, versus a whole feast! The Skinnygirl rule is “taste everything, eat nothing,” where you fill a small plate with a few bites of the most indulgent dishes, and this way, don’t feel deprived that you missed out on something.

  • Stick to Your Budget: Just as you have a budget in mind when you go holiday shopping, the same can be said for eating around the holidays. Treat your diet like a bank account. If you invest in something decadent, balance that with something healthy. You can invest in a cookie, a piece of cake or holiday candy (just not all at once!), and then ‘deposit’ into your diet some healthier fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein options.

  • Good Things Come in Small Packages: Just like the little blue box that may hold something sparkly, think “small” when it comes to holiday eating: Order the small size, use small plates, take smaller portions. If you are dining out, order an appetizer portion or only eat half of what is on the plate, and ask for the rest to take home.

  • Make a (Snack) List and Check it Twice: Don’t let decking the halls turn into wrecking your diet.   If you find yourself suddenly starving while out holiday shopping, bypass the food court and make sure you have on hand healthy snacks, such as nuts, fresh fruit, or a Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bar. Having a healthy snack before you attend a holiday party also helps fill you up, reducing the risk of overindulging on less nutritious options. For other healthy snack options, check out SkinnygirlSnackSwap.com.

And just in time for the holiday season, Target stores are offering a special holiday bonus pack on Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars – seven bars for the price of five ($5.99). Available in Dark Chocolate Multigrain Pretzel, Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt or Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate, so you can enjoy the decadent flavors that you love while taming your hunger at the same time with protein (6 – 7 grams per bar) and fiber (5 grams per bar), all for under 170 calories.

Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars are available nationwide at retailers including Target stores, as well as online. For additional information visit www.SkinnygirlDaily.com or www.Facebook.com/SkinnygirlDaily.

 

Giveaway: LUNA bar is now gluten-free!

This post is sponsored by LUNA, all opinions are my own.

Holidays are right around the corner and many of us might be busy with the hustle and bustle. I know I am. Granted, much of it has to do with the marketing side of things around Black Friday and now the Holiday season itself… lots of content needs to be created for clients.. and I can’t even begin to think about gift shopping yet.

Whew. Now just add the cold and (soon to come) snow and you’ve got one intense and busy season indeed.

There are some ways to make it more pleasant and/or more sustainable though, especially during the running around part and holiday shopping. So I figured I’d share some things that keep me going.

First of all – there’s the water I always keep in my bag. I don’t care if it’s cold outside or not, I always always need to have my water bottle with me. I drink SO much water. It helps me through and calms me down. I don’t know, don’t ask – it’s just something I do.

Secondly – the right snack when the hunger pangs hit. I like to stay away from gluten as much as possible, I don’t have any allergies but if you’ve read Grain Brain you know why. So the good news is that LUNA bar just became gluten free entirely! Yay!

Photography by Kamila Gornia

Their Protein line is already gluten free but they recently made the change to make the entire regular LUNA bar line gluten free also. They also added some new flavors. So this is pretty cool. But that’s not all, here are some more awesome facts about LUNA bars:

  • Low glycemic index
  • Made with 70% organic ingredients
  • NO artificial flavors or synthetic preservatives
  • Good source of protein and fiber
  • Under 200 calories

Exciting stuff. And So many flavors! 

Photography by Kamila Gornia

Check out this GLUTEN FREE GOODNESS! Yes! Make sure the regular bar has the pink ribbon that says it’s gluten free. Some stores might still be switching out to the new ones so you might find the non-gluten free ones still in some places. So just check first!

Photography by Kamila Gornia

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