Day 7 – My Top 10 Tips for Surviving the Holidays! It is the most wonderful time of the year! The sights and sounds of Christmas are all around us. We are surrounded by so much laughter, joy and food…lots and lots of food. For me Christmas is my favorite time of year, but has also been one of the most challenging time of year to stay committed to my health and fitness goals. In the past I have completely deprived myself from enjoying anything food related around the holidays. I stuck to my food plan, and wouldn’t even allow myself one bite of a Christmas cookie. To be honest, this really made me sad to feel that way. On the other hand, I have also allowed myself to REALLY indulge and that only left me more miserable than before. Over the years, I have found a healthy balance of not completely depriving myself and at the same time not going completely overboard. With Christmas being about a week away, I thought I would share my “Top 10 Tips to Surviving the Holidays.” I am hoping that by sharing my tips, I can help you not stress
Day 6 – “Healthier” Christmas Cookie Recipes. There is nothing more wonderful than when your whole house is filled with the smell of fresh cookies baking in the oven. Especially during the Holiday Season. For a while now Kevin and I, have not only been on the hunt for good and healthy recipes, but for healthier dessert recipes as well. After trying many recipes, some that we have loved, and some well…we haven’t loved as much, today I am sharing two cookie recipes that we have recently fallen in love with that are perfect for the holidays. I know that the holidays can be a very hard time to stay on track and not over indulge, with all delicious holiday sweets and treats around. However I do find that it is important to allow ourselves to have treats once and a while and not deprive ourselves. If you can find a healthier alternative to some of your favorite holiday cookies it can help make your treat a little extra special. Hopefully you will feel less guilty when having an extra cookie or two. As a side note these are not necessarily “healthy” cookies but may be a healthier alternative to a traditional recipe.
Day 5 – Christmas Movie Workout One of my Favorite things about Saturday’s is when I am able to sleep in a little bit after a long week and go get a workout in. There is nothing better than starting off your weekend with a great workout. It has been challenging for me because I haven’t been able to work out as I recover from my skin removal surgeries. Working out has become such a huge part of my life and not being able to feels, well…weird. I have been watching lots of Christmas movies lately and I thought what better way than to combine two of my favorite activities. This how the “How the GRINCH Stole Christmas” Holiday Workout was created. I decided to pick the Grinch because I have been watching it every night to help me fall asleep. It is such a Christmas classic and I thought it would be fun to play a game while watching. This is meant to be a fun way to get in a little extra activity, and make working out during this holiday season a little more exciting! Even if you can’t do all of the reps, just do what
Day 4 – Warm and Cozy Slow Cooker Recipe Last week I was wanting something warm and comforting. It was really cold, wet and rainy outside and nothing sound better than snuggling up under a blanket with a Christmas movie on TV and a nice big warm bowl of chili. I came across this recipe from House of Yumm, which sounded great and was just what I was looking for. We had all of the ingredients so we decided to give it a try. I love how they use lean ground turkey to keep this a more healthy recipe. This recipe made it easy for us to have a home cooked meal while I was just home from the hospital, recovering from surgery. Kevin was able to throw everything in the slow cooker, turn it on and 6 hours later dinner was ready.Recipe Crock Pot Turkey Chili Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 6 Hours Total Time: 6 Hours 15 MinutesINGREDIENTS 1 pound ground turkey 2 garlic cloves minced 1/2 yellow onion chopped 1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce 1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomato 1 7 ounce can of diced