Friday, October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat? What Halloween candy is a good source of antioxidants and expedites weight loss? !

Health TipYou know you’ll buy them and you know you’ll eat at least one – so what is the best mini version of our favorite candy bars with the least amount of calories and the least amount of saturated fat? Of the three favorites; Milky Way miniatures, 3 musketeers miniatures and Snickers miniatures, 3 Musketeers is the best, at 24 calories and less than 1 gram of fat as compared to Milky Way at 38 calories and 1.6 grams of fat and Snickers at 42.5 calories and 2.25 grams of fat. To make things even better, Three Musketeers makes a dark chocolate mint mini candy bar. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and mint is a stimulant which means it boost metabolism while suppressing appetite. It’s good for digestion and will make you feel full and satisfied. Now before you start to cheer and pop open that bag of Three Musketeers, remember we are choosing the candy that is the least harmful to a healthy diet. Moderation and healthy choice is the key to balance.  Dark chocolate and mint means good health and weight control. If you are going to indulge make the healthy choice!

Now You Need to Burn Those Calories

What is the best way to burn off those extra calories? Get up and dance! Aero*boga to the rescue. Here is the October playlist. Go to ITunes download these songs and make a playlist. Stretch, move and dance, or put your Aero*boga DVD in and spend one hour doing yoga/dance with me. You will burn about 380 to 510 calories in a one hour workout. Don’t have the DVD? Order the book Spiritual Fitness and get the DVD for free!  

 A Yoga Moment- The Greedy Mind

 In Yoga the opposite of contentment is craving and craving produces greed. It is a disturbed mind that keeps us in the constant battle with our cravings. The purpose of yoga is to bring peace to the mind so that we can gather the energies of our conscious and subconscious mind and balance out our energy. Here is a good example to follow – if after the Halloween party you vow to stop eating candy bars, but you keep thinking about all those mini 3 Musketeers left over from Halloween, wouldn’t it be better to eat just one, happily enjoy it and then spend the rest of the day with a less scattered mind?
But what if you work hard to suppress your desire for the candy? With yoga we are not trying to discipline the conscious mind. Rather we work to discipline the subconscious mind so that your thoughts come through from the subconscious into the conscious creating a state of mind that is conducive to contentment, happiness and peace.

So here is my Halloween candy yoga suggestion- take out the left over candy and take out your favorite candy. Sit quietly and take a few deep breathes. Quietly examine the wrapper, gently unwrap, close your eyes, pop it into your mouth and savor the texture, the flavor and the smell. When you’re done, open your eyes get up and throw the left over candy away. You won’t crave it any more. Happy Halloween!

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