We're often asked by patients for tips and tricks, things we are all too happy to share! Below you'll get an inside peak and hopefully some useful information…
Say No to Weight Gain this Holiday Season!
It almost seems inevitable that you'll go into the New Year being heavier than you were before. While it isn't practical to try to lose weight during the holidays, you can make an effort to keep added pounds at bay. Don't deprive yourself when it comes to holiday goodies but learn to use moderation and try a few of these tips:
Drink a full 16-ounce glass of water before eating. Filling your stomach with water means you'll be less likely to overeat.
- Eat a sensible snack or small, healthy meal before you leave for a party. Having something healthy in your system already means you'll be less likely to indulge in sugary, fattening foods.
- Be sure to make healthy food choices throughout the rest of the day when you know you have an event to attend.
- Opting for a small plate instead of a larger one means you'll be less tempted to pile up the treats.
Try These Healthier Holiday Cooking Tips:
- Refrigerate the gravy and scoop off the hardened fat before reheating and serving.
- Use less bread in turkey dressing and more onions, garlic, celery and vegetables. Moisten with chicken or vegetable broth and applesauce.
- Make mashed potatoes with skim milk, chicken broth, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese instead of whole milk and butter. Some recipes call for fat-free sour cream.
- Remove the skin from roasted turkey before eating it or serving it.
- Try a new recipe for eggnog: four bananas, 1.5 cups skim milk, 1.5 cups plain nonfat yogurt, ¼ tsp. rum extract and ground nutmeg. Puree and sprinkle the nutmeg on top.
Radiant Skin Secrets Revealed: Stop the Signs of Aging with These Simple Tips
One telltale sign that you are getting older is your skin. Youthful radiant skin makes others think that you are younger than you are. On the other hand, skin that is thin, transparent, wrinkled or dry can make you look older than you are. Here are some tips to keep your skin looking radiant at all ages.
- Protection from the sun – We can't stress this enough. Not only can too much unprotected exposure to the sun cause skin cancer, but it also can lead to premature wrinkling, leathery tough skin and age spots. Wear sunscreen whenever you go outside, summer or winter.
- Get some sleep – The body uses the sleeping hours at night to repair itself from the wear and tear of the day. When you don't sleep, the body has to move on without the chance to rest and renew. This can lead to increased stress in the body and illness. So give your body what it needs with 6-8 hours of sleep a night.
- Stop smoking – Cigarette smoke contains hundreds of toxic substances that are released into the air and then into your lungs. It reduces the elasticity in your vessels but also in your skin. On your face, you can get lines around your mouth from pursing your lips around a cigarette – they call them "smoker's lines" for a reason!
- Reduce stress levels – Stress really can lead to illness. It causes us to eat an unhealthy diet, sleep less, and take up risky behaviours. Stress increases free radical damage in the body and that includes the skin. Manage your stress so that you can carry on a healthier lifestyle that promotes radiant skin.
- Increase healthy diet – When the body doesn't get the vitamins and nutrients that it needs, this can lead to external signs such as dry brittle hair and nails, pale lackluster skin, wrinkles and dry skin. Switching to a diet full of whole grains, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables will slowly rejuvenate your body and your skin.