Healthy Tips to keep your #weight under control and have fun!
We all know what we should and should not do when it come to the Thanksgiving feast. But indulgence once in a while is good for the body, the mind and the soul. As yogis say – you only live once; with this karma! So, enjoy this life in moderation. Now so you don’t feel guilty about indulging here are a few easy health tips to keep your calories in check.
Dance whenever you get the chance!
Here’s a music party play list for you below. Use this to have fun, burn calories and stay healthy.
Put the music on and start the party
When setting the table – Dance to Loco-Motion
After the meal have guest help clear the table by picking up their plate and forming a conga line dancing to Conga
After dessert – Have guests stand up and play - Twist Again
And then play A Little Less Conversation – and take a walk
After the meal get up and move. Take a walk with a family member and spend some quality time chatting. Thanksgiving is not about the meal, but about giving thanks for all the goodness that exists in your life. It’s a time to put aside conflict, strife and work, and enjoy your family and friends.
One half hour (that’s just 30 minutes!) of brisk walking a day will burn an extra 100 calories. Not only does walking burn calories, but it also helps to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and the sunlight you get will help your body make vitamin D which is needed for strong bones and good health.
And the play list:
Thanksgiving Theme/ Guaraldi
Having a Party/ Sam Cooke
The Thanksgiving Song/Adam Sandler
Harvest Moon/ Neil Young
The Turkey Song/Thanksgiving Theme
Instant Karma/ John Lennon
The Loco-Motion/ Little Eva
Conga/ Gloria Estefan
Let’s Twist/ Chubby Checker
A Little Less Conversation/ Elvis Presley
Imagine/ John Lennon
Grapefruit Diet/ Weird Al
What a Wonderful World/ Louis Armstrong
The Farewell Polka/ Ruthie and the Wranglers
Now if that doesn’t work for you…
Wander over to my You Tube Channel where you will find 5 free episodes of Doctor Lynn’s Functional Fitness https://www.youtube.com/user/doctorlynn/feed
AND ONE LAST TIP – increase your metabolism naturally
Ok, so the holidays are coming and you want a natural way to increase your metabolism, right? Well, you’ve heard green tea will do it. But did you know adding a little mustard to your diet can increase metabolism? It’s called the thermo genetic effect. When we add certain foods to our diet, we can increase our metabolism because these foods literally heat up the body, improve circulation and require energy to digest them. Lean protein is the best thermo genetics food as it takes a lot of work to digest protein, thus burning more calories (think turkey). When we add mustard, it increases the thermo genetics effect. Mustard is virtually void of calories so that makes it a good dressing and spread for lean meats. An added benefit is that mustard seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which also helps to increase metabolism and improve both heart and brain functioning.
Here is an easy and healthy side dish recipe that is low in calories and will give a boost to your metabolism from my book; Recipes for Sex, Health Happiness and Love; eating your way to success.
1 Bunch of fresh leeks cut into ½ inch disc, 2 tablespoons of mustard seeds, a tablespoon of olive oil, several button mushrooms sliced and the peel from one small orange cut into small slivers. Heat oil and toast mustard seeds in the oil, add leek slices, mushrooms and orange slivers and sauté until leeks are tender.
Now enjoy your Thanksgiving feast guilt free. When shared with family and friends for the sake of giving thanks for all the blessing we have in our lives, Thanksgiving becomes the best meal of the year. But the real challenge is to keep those blessing and thanks going throughout the year to come.
Remember to enjoy the food, laugh with your family and friends, count your blessings and when you have the chance get up and dance!