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My Favorite Snack for Summer!

Summers should be spent by the water, or on the water in a boat, splashing about.  Laughing and having fun while getting some exercise is the best way to spend a hot summer afternoon.   Growing up in the South, I spent my Summer days outside playing.  Splashing in the lake or hiking in the woods, both were adventures.IMG_3789 Beach with Umbrella and Palm Shadows 4x6 100dpi

After a few hours of playing, we would be ready for a mid-afternoon snack.  Of course, cold watermelon was delicious, along with strawberries and peaches.  To add some crunch to the fruits, we often had a big bowl of popcorn!  Back then, we did not have a microwave to instantly nuke some kernels of corn coated in a variety of chemicals.  No, we did things from scratch.

Now that I have my own family to make snacks for, I find myself going back to the easy way to make popcorn, on the stove top!  It is yummy and easy.  The recipe has been handed down in the family for generations, and I just passed it on to my niece while we were on a family vacation.  She could not get enough of my popcorn.  Puts the microwave stuff to shame!

The recipe is simple really and even the older kids can get in on the fun.  Make this a family cooking event.  And it is good year round as well.

You will need:Popcorn_1_2 5x3 5_72copy
1.  Large Dutch Oven or Pressure Cooker base (larger the pot the better).
2.  Splatter guard.  I use a silicon one, but a metal one would work as well.
3.  Organic Coconut Oil.  This is what makes the popcorn have a yummy flavor.  And no, it does not taste like coconuts when popped.
4. Non-GMO Popping Corn.  I like the Organic Popping Corn from the Farmer’s Market as well as the Orville Redenbacher Non-GMO White Popping Corn.  White or Yellow is your personal choice.  They both taste good, just slightly different!
5.  Table Salt.  I used Iodized Table Salt.  It is fine and sticks to the kernels.  And that is important since unsalted popcorn is just yucky!  Kosher salt is usually to large and does not stick as well.

Now, put your pan on the eye of the stove, medium high heat.  Add 1 Tablespoon to 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil to the pan.   As the coconut oil melts, lightly cover the bottom of the pan with the popcorn kernels.  You might need to adjust the amount of popcorn to suit your pan as you don’t want the corn to overflow the pan when popped.  Give a light dusting of salt to the kernels, and add the splatter guard.

As soon as you hear the kernels begin to pop (several minutes will pass depending on pan and stove!) get ready to add some more salt.  When the pan is about half full of popped kernels, carefully slide the splash guard to one side, uncovering enough to peek into the pan.  IF the kernels are not hopping out of the pan, then add a little more salt.  Wait till you can safely add the salt as you don’t want corn everywhere!

Now is the time to start a gentle shake of the pan, still covered with the splash guard. Or you can take a big spoon or rounded tip knife to gently stir the corn kernels.  This will make certain that all the kernels come in contact with the hot bottom of the pan, so they can pop.  Fewer old maids this way! b22030 But do be very careful as the oil & pan are HOT!

When you hear the popping becoming less frequent, it is time to remove from the heat and salt one last time, stirring as you salt.  Grab some bowls, a glass of Shaklee’s Energizing Tea and get ready for the best afternoon treat anywhere!  You will never eat microwave popcorn again.

Traveling and Eating Well: Fuel for the Body

Summer is the time when we all seem to be on the road, in the air, or cruising to exotic lands.  I like to travel, but find I have to watch my eating or I will gain more pounds than I need.  Road trips and airports have many things in common:  fast food and stress! 

I have in the past experienced a weakness for french fries from several different fast food eateries.  Burger and Fries jpgHowever, the overall effect of those high calorie, high fat goodies is not especially positive.  I find that eating french fries is less satisfying now since they tend to be a heavy carb load that is difficult to digest when seated for extended periods of travel.  Sign…sad but all too true.  Just because the taste buds once liked a food, doesn’t mean the food was particularly good for me.  And now that I don’t eat them often, the taste buds don’t seem as enamored of them!

So now I avoid the fast food carbs, but still need to eat as I travel about the South in my automobile or fly across country.  Food for me has long been fuel for my body.  I have worked hard to remove the “treat” side of thinking about food, and moved to looking at what I consume each day from a fuel efficient point of view. 

It is kind of like shopping, you want the best value for your dollars spent when purchasing new cars, houses, and clothing. Purchasing quality fabrics in clothing with classic styles rewards me with items that outlast trends, acting as the backdrops to accessories for a modern look.  I do the same with food in a way, I look for the best value of protein and fiber to the carbs in each food.  That way I get a food that fuels me with good amounts of protein, enough good carbs for energy and fiber to keep me from getting hungry too quickly. 

Traveling is fun when you think ahead, planning what to take in the way of clothing, shoes, jackets and accessories.  Making lists of what to wear each day for each event, packing according to the list and sticking to the list, makes for an easy vacation.  No decisions to be made, it is all on the list!  But if a new souvenir in the form of a great scarf invades, of course the list gets modified and the new scarf is added to the rotation.b22030

Same thing with food on the trip.  I plan ahead, bringing Snack Bars, Meals-in-a-Bar, Smoothee packets and Pomegranate tea pouches with me.  The Snack Bars etc are all part of the Shaklee 180 Weight Management Program, designed with the right balance of carbs, protein and fiber to make for the perfect traveling companions!  Packing these items in my carry-on suitcase makes sense to me.  I also put them in the cooler of the car when I am traveling locally.  And a Snack Bar is alchocolateshakeways in my purse.

So join me in traveling safely and easily the rest of the year by spending a few minutes planning ahead.  Plan your itinerary, your clothing combinations and of course, your food options! It is a pleasant surprise to find a wonderful salad with grilled chicken, but there are times when a greasy burger is the only option in the airport unless you think ahead and bring the best Meal Bars and Smoothees packets with you.

 

Real Dirt on Clean Water

Everyone knows that water is essential to life. But what’s coming out of your tap or bottle may not really be your healthiest choice.

Sure, your water may look clean but is it?

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Most people think that governmental agencies ensure that our water’s clean. And while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Water Act to safeguard our water supply, it only set standards and testing requirements in our municipal water treatment facilities for 114 different contaminants out of literally hundreds more.

In fact, the Environmental Working Group obtained test results from a database of over 20 million records from state water officials to determine the quality of drinking water in 45 states. The results revealed 316 contaminants were present in our water supplies. Among them were 202 chemicals that aren’t regulated by any safe water standards.i

Checking the quality of your local water is easy to do. Just visit the National Drinking Water Database.

So yes, your water looks clean. But really, it’s not.

Why Filtration?

The simple answer? You either use a filter or you are the filter.

Only 2% of all treated water is used for drinking water. The rest is used on your lawn, shower, laundry, or used for farms or industry. It’s simply too time-consuming and expensive to test and remove the thousands of chemicals that may be present in any particular water source.

And even if your water was perfectly clean before it left your municipality, it still has miles to travel in pipes before it gets to your home. Who knows what it runs into along the way?

What are you really drinking?

Here’s what may be in your water, and some of its hazardous effects:

Industrial Pollutants (such as benzene, nitrates, and petrochemicals): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as blood, nervous system, kidney, and liver problems.

Agricultural Pollutants (pesticides such as atrazine, lindane, alachlor, and others): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as eye, liver, kidney, spleen, blood, and nervous system problems.

Heavy Metals (such as lead, copper, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium): Even at low levels, long-term exposure may cause behavioral problems and learning disabilities. The EPA estimates that between 10 and 20% of total lead exposure in young children comes from drinking water.ii

Disinfection By-products (such as: trihalomethanes, chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane,and bromoform): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as liver, kidney, or central nWater Bottlesrvous system problems.

With all these problems with tap water, you might think that bottled water is the answer—but you’re wrong. What most people don’t know is that there’re no regulations regarding the quality of bottled water. That’s right, none. Bottling companies don’t even have the same regulations to follow that your local municipal water supply does. That means that despite the clean look of your bottle, in many cases the water it contains isn’t any better than tap water.

The bottom line is that you can’t control what happens to your water before it gets to your house. But you can control what happens after. If you want to make sure you have r

Get Clean Water

Get Clean Water

eally clean drinking water, you really have to use a filter—a good one.

Why Get Clean® Water?

Because it’s safe, powerful, green and smart—and it outperforms both Brita® and PUR®*, hands-down:

Safe:  It reduces 59 harmful contaminants—at least 21 of which Brita doesn’t even touch—including up to 99% of water-borne lead.

Powerful:   It’s incredibly thrifty, delivering over 80 gallons of purer water from every hardworking, environmentally friendly filter—twice as much as big-name brands—for just a little over a penny per glass**.

Green:   It uses a unique refillable filter system, so there’s less waste in landfills.†

Smart:   It features a convenient smart-meter that shows you exactly when to replace your filter, so there’s no more guessing. And on top of all that, it’s ‘Gold Seal’ certified to tough ANSI/NSF Standards 42 and 53 by the Water Quality Association (WQA).

Ready to feel better with good Clean Water?  Visit my site  Elise.MyShaklee.com for purchasing options and more information!  Good health is a choice we make all through the day, make Shaklee Products part of those choices. Stay Well! Elise

i http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/executive-summary.php

ii http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/lead1.cfm

* Comparison of current WQA and NSF certified reduction claims conduced on May 26, 2011, referencing Brita® pitchers using OB03 cartridge and PUR® pitchers using CFR-950Z cartridge and is valid only for the named products marketed at that time. Product data claims obtained from the NSF and WQA website certification listings. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. “Big name brands” defined as Brita and Pur.

** Compared to Brita and Pur pitcher filters at 40 gallons.

† Compared to traditional carbon production.

Source: Shaklee Corporation 04/10/13

Throw away that Heart Shaped Box!

It is that time of year when we are accosted with ads for candy, diamonds and more candy.  This year is the year to throw away that Heart Shaped Box and do something Out of the Box!pictures_of_hearts

Now what could that be, you might be asking yourself since you were wanting to have a few choice pieces from that heart shaped box.  Well, thinking of new and fun things to do just takes a few minutes of looking around your local area to see what opportunities await your senses.

Look for a cooking class, something fun that you two can do together.  Cooking a fun, different meal together can lead to a whole new side to your relationship.   Who knows what talents you both might have when working together in the kitchen.  Experiment with different spices, different vegetables, different recipes.  Have fun and laugh.  This could be the start of many new traditions.

Volunteer in your area or the surrounding areas.  There have been so many storms IMG_3620 Old Barn 150dpi 5x7and fires this past year that many people are still struggling with repairs to homes and businesses.  Reach out to one of the local churches or Habitat for Humanity for their volunteer programs.  You may have talents in building or painting that would be of help, or you could partner with others to move much needed supplies to a stricken area.  Bringing a hot cup of coffee and a hot meal to those working to repair their lives can make a big difference in the day of a survivor.  And the benefits to yourself are immense

Plan a day trip to one of the local “tourist sites” that most locals never visit.  Many people live in a town with a wonderful museum, park, factory or historic site that they have never visited.  So “play tourist” for a day and visit something local.  Tour that dairy farm outside of town that makes that wonderful cheese you both love.  Wineries and Vineyards are popular tours, look for a new wine to share with that meal you cooked from your cooking class!  Our area is full of Revolutionary and Civil War battle grounds, so if you are a history enthusiast, visit your local historic sites.  Have fun doing something out of the ordinary!

Get creative, have fun, plan the budget so you don’t get in trouble with the costs, laugh as you explore new things together!  Elise

SPF and Sun Exposure

Summer is here and we are in the midst of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games where the majority of the sports are held outside.  Even some of those that are inside sports have training options that are outside.  The increase in skin cancer of the past 30+ years has been attributed to many things.

The first questions to ask are What is SPF? and how do I use SPF  to my advantage?

WHAT IS SPF? SPF means sun protection factor. If you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, you have 15 times the protection from the sun than you’d have if you weren’t wearing any sunscreen at all.   In other words,if you would burn after 10 minutes in the sun with no protection, an SPF of 15 would allow you to stay in the sun for two and a half hours (10 minutes times SPF 15 = 150 minutes or two and a half hours) before burning.

Keep in mind that you would still receive a burn! Sunscreens don’t give you license to stay forever in the sun. Also remember that sunscreens aren’t cumulative: if you combine a moisturizer with SPF 15 with a sunscreen product with SPF 15, your sun protection factor is still 15, not 30. Virtually all sunscreens protect against UVB radiation — in addition, some products screen out a small part of the UVA spectrum.

Apply UVA/UVB protection every day, indoors and out. Statistics prove that most UV exposure occurs when we’re not even thinking about it. Be sure to cover ALL areas of your body that will be exposed to the sun: remember the top of ears and forehead, bald spot, tops of feet when wearing sandals, and the back of neck and hands. The recommended daily precaution is SPF 15; use a higher SPF if you’ll be outdoors for two hours or longer.

How do I Minimize UV Exposure Risks?

1.  Avoid exposure between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M. when the sun is most intense.

2.  Count time spent in the water or out on hazy days as time in the sun. Water lets nearly all UV rays through, and even on cloudy days nearly 80% of the sun’s rays can reach you.

3.  Don’t depend on clothing or shade for protection. Wet and light-colored clothing offer little or no UV protection. Also remember that light reflects: sitting under a beach umbrella can create the same UV exposure as direct sun.

What can I do daily to help my skin?

Apply UVA/UVB protection every day, indoors and out. Statistics prove that most UV exposure occurs when we’re not even thinking about it. Be sure to cover ALL areas of your body that will be exposed to the sun: remember the top of ears and forehead, bald spot, tops of feet when wearing sandals, and the back of neck and hands. The recommended daily precaution is SPF 15; use a higher SPF if you’ll be outdoors for two hours or longer.

Boost your skin’s natural defenses against environmental pollutants. Researchers agree that the same nutrients which protect your health also play a vital role in the vitality and appearance of your skin. Look for products that provide nutrients for the skin to help reverse the effects of sun damage.

So enjoy the sun and be aware of the ways to stay safe while having fun in the sun!

Preparing for a Long Drive

Well, conference is coming up soon and I have been thinking about that long drive.  While I love to travel, driving can be tiring at times, especially in this late summer heat.  This particular journey is going to be confined to Interstate travel, so the scenery will not be as “scenic” as my camera would like.  Friends and colleagues are coming with me on this journey, sharing the driving responsibilities as well as the gas money!  Map reading will be at a minimum.

This could be a car from Shaklee!

Making a car trip  takes planning for me.  I don’t like to eat fast food as I travel for several reasons.  One main reason is the price for fast food when close to an Interstate Hwy is usually higher than when the same food is in a neighborhood.  Plus, the fat content and carbohydrate levels are usually high also.  Driving does not use that much energy, compared to the number ingested with hamburgers, fries and cokes.  Oh how I love good french fries! Yummy.  But not healthy.

Now I have to plan my snacks and meals along the way so I can stay energized and ready for conference when I arrive.  I am making my list already, planning my shopping trip, and wishing the car was larger!  For this trip, which we will do in 2 days of 7 or so hours of driving, I am taking some of my favorite Shaklee Cinch Products, popcorn (watch the salt), apples, Get Clean Water pitcher for fresh water on the road, green tea bags and Cinch Tea Packets, and some cookies.

Be Healthy

The Cinch Lemon-Cranberry Snack Bars are my favorites!  Along with the Peanut Butter Snack Bars, I will have a good balance of protein and carbohydrates since the bars are low glycemic. They make a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack anytime, but are really good for travels.  On airplanes they really fill that hungry spot!

Since I travel with the Get Clean Water Pitcher, I have fresh filtered water when I am thirsty.  Adding Cinch Tea or a green tea bag to my water bottle adds some good anti-oxidants as well as flavor to my water.  Staying hydrated while traveling is important.  When you become dehydrated, your brain is effected.  The one thing you need to have working well while driving is your brain!  Make good decisions while on the road.

Get Clean Water

Get Clean Water

I keep a cooler in the front seat with sliced apples, peanut butter and extra ice for my tea.  Having the cool apple slices and the peanut butter gives me a good snack with fiber, flavor and crunch.   When I stop along the way I take a few minutes in the rest area to spread some of the peanut butter on the ends of a few of the apple slices for a quick snack.  Keeping the fuel and water coming in, keeps me awake and ready to drive safely.  When flying, I do something similar, but don’t have the cooler.

Some of the traveling I do is lengthy. Using the Cinch Shakes along those long journeys really keeps me fueled and focused.  Cinch Shakes are filled with good protein, vitamins, minerals and flavor.  I use the Cinch Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry Shakes.  When traveling in a car you can use the canisters.  But for airplanes, I find the packets work best.  One packet per meal and you are done!  Makes the luggage lighter as you continue on your journey.

So when you get ready for your next trip, whether it is across town or across country, take a few minutes to plan your meals, take some healthy snacks, water bottles with your filtered Get Clean Water and have fun in this beautiful country!  Fuel for you is as important as fuel for the car!  Stay well.

 

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

Cleaning our homes and work spaces is an ongoing project.  It is a reward to look at our sparkling clean kitchen or bathroom for that minute or two before some decides to cook another pot of spaghetti sauce or take a long hot shower!  So much for our sparkling looks now.

But looks can be deceiving.  We have heard that one before.  But with clean it is true.  The advertizing people have done a good job of convincing us that clean must smell like something, pine, floral, lemon or the breeze.  What does a breeze smell like?

Cleaning and disinfecting are two different processes.  Most products on the market do one or the other.  Some do both.  I have discovered a type of cleaning and disinfecting products that are effective in killing germs and cleaning surfaces at the same time.  These cleaners are called Quartenary Ammonium Compounds.  Long name, but they are effective.

These Quartneary Ammonium Compounds or “Quats”, cleaning products disinfect as well as clean the surface.  Chlorine bleach disinfects but you have to clean the surface separately adding another expensive step to the process.   Quats are also have a neutral ph so they do not damage surfaces being cleaned and disinfected like chlorine bleach.  They are also effective order control agents when used according to label instructions.  For more general information on Quats see an article by Roger McFadden who is Technical Director for Coastwide Laboratories.

I am excited since I only just realized that I have been using a Quats for years.  I knew the product worked well around my house, especially with the kitties.  But I never really understood how amazing the product is!  I have been using Shaklee’s Basic-G® Concentrated Germicide. It is a registered EPA germicide and is effective against 56 pathogens comprised of viruses, bacteria and fungi.  Since Shaklee’s Basic G carries the EPA registration number on its label you can be certain that is has been proven, under scientific conditions to be effective against various bacteria and other pathogens listed on the label.  MSRA and Influenza A are just 2 of the pathogens that Basic G is effective against.

Since chlorine bleach has so many negatives, it is easy to see why the Basic G type products are so popular with consumers.  Remember, chlorine bleach products may be cheap in upfront costs, but they are not detergents so they don’t clean, only disinfect.  Chlorine bleach products react with other chemicals that might be present when cleaning to product toxic gases.  Attack hard surfaces causing damage especially on flooring.  And worse, they have unpleasant orders and while they lose their strength rapidly make them not so cheap after all.

The one quart container of Basic G from Shaklee dilutes to 64 gallons of non-toxic cleaning solution when diluted according to directions.   In its concentrated state it is a toxic substance and must be handled as such.  But once diluted properly, Basic G has cleansing functionalities along with the disinfecting so there is no need to mix with other solutions.

So when you really need to clean your home, purchase some Shaklee Basic G along with the accompanying Spray Bottle for dilution, read the label carefully and clean, disinfect and deodorize your home.  I am careful around the kittes, but use the diluted spray around their litter boxes making certain the solution is dry before the kitties return.  I also use Basic G in my vacation home,  when I travel in staying in a hotel room or cruise ship cabin.  Shaklee even has some wipes that you can carry with you as you fly to help keeps the germs away.  The wipes are from the Get Clean line and  are called Germ Off Fragrance Free Disinfecting Wipes.

Stay safe as you travel and have a safe, germ free home.

 

 

Disasters and Storms, Are You Prepared?

Each year I write about severe weather &  natural disasters and how to be ready in case it comes your way. After the terrible earthquakes in Japan recently as well as the tornadoes that are happening in Iowa and other parts of the country, we do need to take time again to determine our preparedness.

Earthquakes and severe weather events are violent acts, they disrupt our lives and often change to course of our lives. We can do ourselves justice by doing a few simple things to reduce the immediate stress of a bad storm or other disaster.  Reducing your stress begins early, before the event happens.  so treat yourself well!
1. Check your home.  Do you have a way to cover windows in the event of a hurricane or severe thunderstorm?   Do you have a Weather Radio that is tuned to a NOAA Weather station in your vicinity?  Do you have an escape route if the house catches fire?  Do you have an escape route planned in case of flooding or fire?  Flood insurance?

2.  What are you going to do with your Pets?  Do you have horse trailers available for your horses and ponies?  Cat and dog carriers?  What about food and medicine for the animals? Water?  Veterinarian papers since you could be traveling with them?

3.  Children and the elderly need special attention too.  Do you have blankets, water, medicine, food, extra clothing, first aid kits, flashlights, batteries.  They often need special medications and supplements.  Water, food, treats, blankets, pillows, warm clothes even in the summer, games, books, pen & paper, playing cards.

Wind-up Flashlights and wind-up Radios are the best for me since I provide the power and don’t have to worry about a normal battery running out of power in the midst of a crisis!

Think ahead a little and gather the important papers you need, your emergency kits and water and then relax.  Hopefully you will not need them this year! Stay well.

Surviving a Winter Storm

Surviving a Winter Storm for the past few days has been a testament to all that I have been posting about for several years.  I followed my plan and it has worked.  Just wish all the snow and ice would melt now so driving would be easier!

Mountain Snow

Planning for any severe storm takes a few minutes of thought and action as well.  This time I had to make certain that the kitties were taken care of since I am looking after a few extra kitties and need more food and water.  The little ones come first as do children.  Thinking ahead of time as to what response would be to a power outage helped me see what needed to be done before the storm so that during the storm I would be ready to respsond.

I like hot tea and the occasional cup of coffee.  Warm water is often in my cup in the winter since I find cold water in winter makes me well, cold!  Remember that hydration is important in winter.  So in anticipation of the power being out for an extended period, I took steps to make certain I had warm water for tea.

I boiled my filtered water from my Get Clean Water Pitcher, then poured it into several insulated travel mugs.  I put these insulated mugs into an insulated lunch bag.  Then that bag fit down into an insulated cooler.  The water remained hot for about 18 hours and then as still pleasantly warm after that.  Warm enough to make a cup of green tea!

To maintain heat, I had positioned fire wood near the door in case it was needed.  The open doorways would have been covered with sheets to help retain the heat in the great room.  Yeah, the bathroom would have been a bit cooler, but the pipes are in the wall that back up to the great room so the pipes would have been warm.

Fortunately, I did not loose power!  However, the road were all closed around the city, so the food in the house and the medical supplies were in place to keep us healthy.  At least when it is very cold outside, the warmth of good food tastes even better.

So make a plan for your family in anticipation of your next severe weather event.  Know what you are going to do it the roads are closed, power is out and you need to keep warm, feed your family and pet and keep the house safe.  Trim those over-hanging limbs to keep ice laden branches off roofs and power lines(professionals needed here for the trimming!).  Cover outside spigots so they don’t freeze and break the pipes.  Have emergency light sources such as hand-cranked lights and radios.  Candles can be dangerous and are limited to a few hours of light.  If you use a gas grill for cooking, keep it outside!

Food and Snacks, extra clothing and blankets, water in reusable containers, vitamins and first aid kits are needed too.  Use your common sense, think and stay safe!

Holiday Eating Challenges

Just a quick post about the Challenges of Holiday Eating.  We all end up in January with extra pounds, well most of us anyway!  And I am never happy to see them on my hips and other places.  So this year I am going to follow a few simple rules when it comes to Holiday Eating.  Hope they will help you maintain a healthy relationship with food throughout the holidays!

Give the Gift of Health

1.  I will eat small meals throughout the day, keeping my energy level up and my craving for sweets on impulse down to a minimum.  Small meals will keep my protein and carbohydrate levels in balance, so I can resist those plates of sweet calories that float through the the day tempting me! Of course I will take my Shaklee Supplements!

2.  I will stay hydrated. Drinking half of my weight in ounces of water each day will help me stay hydrated, keeping my body healthy, brain sharp and stomach full feeling.  Often when we reach for something to eat it is because we are de-hydrated and need water.  So hop on the scale and look at your weight.  Take half of that figure and drink that in ounces each day.  So if you weight 150 pounds, you will need to sip on 75 ounces of water throughout the day.  Not tea, not coffee, not sodas, but filtered water!   Don’t try to drink it all at once.  It is to be sipped throughout the day.

3.  I will eat a treat each day, thereby avoiding the possibility of eating a whole cake or platter of cookies because I have not eaten treats for several days.  I will admit that I love, LOVE Chocolate and will be amiss if I don’t try to reign-in the desire to eat a whole platter of brownies at a party!  So eating a treat each day is the way to control the weight!

4.  I will not give up on myself if I make one error and eat too much one time.  But I will not let that be an excuse for eating too much every day.  Prevention is the way to stay healthy and I don’t plan on being ill.  I plan on staying healthy for many, many years to come.

So, what is your plan to make it through the endless food detours that are in our near future?  We have another month or more of food opportunities to sabotage our healthy weight goals and we really need to plan our way through rather than Eat our way through the next month!  Stay Well!  And Happy Holiday Eating!

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