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Healthy Thanksgiving Planning

November 23rd, 2015

Thanksgiving is a time for being grateful for what you have and the people in your life. We get together with family and friends to laugh, drink and EAT lots and lots of food. For all our fitness freaks and health conscious food lovers, here are some great tips on how to minimize the damage of a Thanksgiving meal to maximize your health!

 

 

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• Try to keep your alcohol consumption low and your water consumption high. It’s easy to drink one too many during this festive holiday, so try substituting your wine for spritzers and make sure to drink a glass of water between each drink. Also, by upping your water intake, you may feel less inclined to go back for seconds!

 

• Load up on nutrient-rich veggies instead of the sweet potato casserole or stuffing. It’s alway ok to indulge in your favorite Thanksgiving treat, but everything in moderation. Filling up on the squash, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, turkey (breast meat), etc. can help minimize the temptation to fill up on all those sweet and savory temptations.

 

• Eating spices over heavy creams and butter can help to make traditional Thanksgiving dishes healthier. Also, using substitutes like Greek yogurt instead of creme fraiche is a great way to make your dishes just a little healthier without losing any flavor or texture.

 

• Just choose one dessert! Pick your favorite pie, cake, sweet treat, etc., have a reasonably-sized portion and call it a night.

 

• Be active before your feast and walk it off after. Try to go to your favorite spin class, yoga class or morning run before the eating and celebrating begins, which will leave you feeling less guilty for indulging in any of your favorite dishes. After your meal, head out on a family walk around the neighborhood before you settle into your food coma for the night!

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga Poses that Aid Digestion

November 23rd, 2015

With the big Thanksgiving feast a few days away, we prepare ourselves for culinary comfort food heaven followed by the turkey-induced food coma. Our organs and digestive track are definitely going to be the only things getting a workout on Turkey Day, so let’s help aid our bodies during this process with a few simple yoga poses.

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These stretches combined with deep breathing target the abdominal organs and relieve any intestinal blockage:

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Half Gas Release Pose {Ardha Pawanmuktasana}: This pose needs little explanation, aiding in cleansing the colon while stimulating the nerves that help to release gas. Hold for one to two minutes on each side.

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Supine Twist {Supta Matsyendrasana}: This relaxing, deep stretch helps to aid digestion and is great for any level yogi. It is recommended to hold this pose for 1-5 breaths.

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Garland Pose with a Bind {Malasana with a bind}: This detoxifying pose is a great hip and inner thigh opener, along with cleansing the colon and other organs used to aid the digestive process. Hold this pose for 1-10 breaths.

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Revolved Extended Side Angle Pose {Parivrtta Parsvakinasana}: This is an advanced-to-intermediate stretch aimed at detoxifying the body and assisting with digestion and elimination. Hold this pose for 1-5 breaths.

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Revolved Triangle Pose {Parivrtta Trikonasana}: This intermediate pose is also great for detoxifying the body’s organs that aid in digestion. Hold this pose for 1-5 breaths.

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Twisting Chair Pose {Parivrtta Utkatasana}: This deep twist is excellent for cleansing, digestion and elimination. You’re ultimately wringing out your stomach like a sponge. Hold this detoxifying pose for 1-5 breaths.

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yoga for digestion

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Standing Half Forward Bend to Standing Forward Bend {Ardha Uttanasana to Uttanasana}: This combination is commonly part of the Sun Salutation sequences repeated throughout a normal flow practice. It’s helpful with aiding digestion and should be held for 1-5 breaths.

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For a simple effective solution to combine with these yoga poses, try our 21 drops Digest Blend.

Less Stressful Holiday Shopping Tips

November 18th, 2015

Holiday shopping is creeping upon us with Black Friday and Cyber Monday around the corner. Everyone is gearing up to prepare themselves for the crowded malls, long lines and being able to grab those in-demand gifts before they’re sold out. All this pressure can make the holiday season a bit stressful, here are a few simple ways to properly prepare for holiday shopping without the “headache”.

 

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• Plan ahead:

It’s important not to shop blindly. Make sure you know what you’re looking for to avoid spending hours aimlessly walking around the mall or searching online. This also will help you dodge those last minute shopping days when everything is sold out or picked through.

 

• Shop online:

Shop stress-free from the comfort of your own home, just make sure you do it before the holiday shipping deadlines. This will save you time, transportation and help you avoid those crowded malls. Not to mention, it’s much easier to search the web for that killer holiday deal without hopping from store-to-store. Plus, a lot of online retailers offer free shipping when you spend a certain dollar amount or offer it as a holiday promotion.

 

• Get in, get out early:

If you absolutely have to make the journey to the malls and shopping centers GO EARLY. Usually before noon the crowds aren’t as bad, stores are cleaned and stocked and inventory hasn’t been picked through. These factors really make a huge difference in your shopping experience.

 

• Remember to hydrate and eat:

Shopping all day can leave you feeling lethargic and fatigued. Make sure you pack a reusable water bottle and a healthy snack to get you through the day. Walnuts/almonds or low sugar organic energy bars are great portable snack that will boost your energy and keep your mind sharp.

 

• Avoid Black Friday and wait for Cyber Monday:

Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend and avoid those crazy stampedes and crowds during Black Friday. Cyber Monday is known to offer the same deals, if not better than Black Friday. You can always check the items out in stores before the holidays to ensure they’re exactly what you want.

 

• Have a backup plan:

If the gift you’re looking for happens to be sold out everywhere, it’s always helpful to have a backup gift idea.

12 Awesome Feel-Good Flicks

November 13th, 2015

After a long stressful day at the office, most of us want to come home, throw on something comfy and settle in for the night. Instead of putting on something gory, violent or intense, watching a feel-good, light-hearted movie could help ease your mind and help you relax before bedtime.

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Here are our favorite films currently live-streaming on Netflix:

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A Sloth Named Velcro

This heartfelt documentary takes a look into the mysterious lives of sloths in Central America. Touching on their environment and learning how we can protect them to ensure their future as a species.

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Breakfast At Tiffanys

If you’re looking for a classic romantic comedy, this is the film for you! Audrey Hepburn plays a New York socialite who falls for a man in her apartment building.

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Bridget Jones Diary

This quirky 90s romantic comedy touches on the awkwardly funny love life of “serious journalist” Bridget Jones. If you’re looking for something funny, romantic and not so serious, this is the movie for you.

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Chef

This is a wonderfully happy film about a father and son reconnecting through a passion for food and cooking. It’s funny, along with pulling at your heart strings.

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Good Will Hunting

This classic drama is always good to watch for a 3rd, 4th or 10th time! It’s your quintessential rise and fall plot with some added humor and wit.

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Finding Neverland

This is a great film that based off the life of author J.M Barrie and his inspiration behind the iconic story of Peter Pan.

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Forrest Gump

This American classic is always a good movie choice and great to rewatch any night.

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 IRIS

IRIS combines the talent of legendary documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the sharp, colorfully dressed 93-year-old style icon who has had been on the New York fashion scene for decades. The documentary is all about a witting, hardworking woman who has really overcome all obstacles of a once male-dominated industry.

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Jerry Maguire

This entertaining 90s love story is a household movie name. Always great to rewatch and enjoy!

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Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

This buoyant film follows the journey of a once out-of-work London governess and her wild journey with Miss Pettigrew that brings life back into her spirit.

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Moonrise Kingdom

If you’re a Wes Anderson fan, this movie is a whimsical delight to watch, giving both a child and adult perspective and the world and outlook on life.

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Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

A story about 2 individuals, Dodge and Penny, embark on a road trip shortly before the world is supposed to end that eventually brightens their outlook, if not the world’s.

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5 Easy Ways to De-Stress Your Life

November 5th, 2015

We all get caught up in work, relationships and drama, which can leave us feeling restless and stressed out. Sometimes it’s important to step back, regroup and clear your mind to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape. Here are a few simple ways to de-stress that will come in handy every day!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

 

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1. When your day is turning into evening, TURN OFF WORK. When you leave the office for the day, it’s important to exit out of work mode and enter into “me time” and family time. Being distracted by issues that cannot be fixed until the next day will only increase your stress level at home and in your personal life.

2. Keep up with the cleaning and clutter. Coming home every day to a clean space is calming for the mind. Remember your home is your sanctuary!

3. Make time for a good night’s sleep. Getting the proper amount of sleep will keep you sharp and alert during the day. We all know fatigue and stress go hand-in-hand.

4. Wake up with enough time to relax, eat breakfast, read the paper, etc. Having that extra time in the morning without feeling rushed is a great way to start your day.

5. Most importantly, always remember to make time for yourself. Whether taking a yoga class, reading a good book or watching your favorite sitcom, it’s alway nice to do something each day that makes you happy.

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