At DeliverLean our motto is “Live Better” because we want to improve clients’ quality of life by putting time back into their schedules so that they can spend it on people and activities that matter the most. When cooking is no longer a necessity, all of a sudden you have extra hours and extra energy to focus on other things. For those who are not DeliverLean clients yet, I wanted to share one simple tip that can help you improve the quality of your life and make you feel happier every day.
Begin by making a list of all things that make you smile. Start brainstorming on different topics. For example, it can be playing with your pets or kids, smelling your favorite candle, drinking a cup of gourmet coffee, watching a funny movie or working out. Find things that take a few seconds, like smelling flowers, and things that can take an hour, like taking a stroll in the park. The key here is to add up activities that fit a variety of schedules.
I do want to caution that eating a whole cheesecake or drinking a bottle of wine may seem like a happy activity, when instead it will make you miserable afterwards. Choose things that you can do that will make you feel great during AND after it. Do things that will make you feel loved and nurtured. When ready, copy the list and place it in several areas of your home or office.
Finally, set up an everyday reminder to let you know it is time to do something for yourself and then select one thing off your list. Ideally, you would do 1-3 items each day, but since schedules vary daily, do your best to find an item that fits a particular day best.
After consciously focusing on doing something for your health and wellbeing, you will notice that you are feeling happier!
Valentine’s Day is around the corner and that often means going out to eat and having drinks. With a plethora of beverages to choose from, many people feel lost in the choice and we are here to help you solve the dilemma.
Of course the number one beverage of choice would be a non-alcoholic, 100% organic, cold-pressed juice like OnJuice, for example. But let’s face it, those are not usually available at most parties. On average I have one alcoholic drink a week and if I attend lots of parties, then I stick to my invented concoction of sparkling water or soda water with 1 teaspoons of lime juice. Usually the bartender will either have a lime juice mix which does have sugar, but I figure that 1 teaspoon of it won’t be a big deal.
The reason why I limit myself to 1 glass of alcohol a week is because it is very stressful for the liver to process. Since liver is the largest organ in the body and is also responsible for detoxification of your system, it is crucial to keep it happy and healthy. This point is especially important to remember when it comes to hard liquor. Yes, vodka may not have any calories, but its high alcohol content can undermine your liver function. When liver gets overwhelmed, the metabolism can get sluggish, pounds can start pilling on and the mood and quality of life can start to go down.
However, I do indulge about once a week and my alcoholic beverage of choice is a glass of bubbly or red wine, both of which add up to about 120 calories a serving. Research has shown that in moderation, red wine has positive benefits for the heart, so it can give you a better bang for your nutritional buck. One tip of the trade: if you drink one glass of wine, it will relax your system, but if you over-indulge, then it can actually cause the opposite effect and result in insomnia.
- 1-1/3 cups apple juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 12 ounces club soda
Pink Drink On The Rocks
Shake Pink Drink with ice in a martini shaker, pour into a martini glass. Decorate with a lemon slice and enjoy! Simple, easy and delicious.
Healthier alcoholic options:
- OnJuice 100% organic, freshly squeezed or pressed juice for your cocktails
- Synergy Kombucha
- Light Beer
- Red Wine
- White Wine
- Sparkling Wine
- For blended drinks, use whole fruit, so you can get extra fiber, which will slow down the release of sugars and can also give your liver a boost
We often hear people mention that it is hard to maintain their healthy lifestyle when they go to a family gathering. Hosts are usually so excited to have guests over that they bring out the richest and the most decadent foods to the table. However, that is only a part of the problem – the other part is that they want you to eat it and a lot of it too! Mothers especially often take offense if their children don’t eat the food they prepared for many hours prior.
To avoid this caloric extravaganza, I invite you to try some of my tips on how to handle such situations.
- Make your new favorite healthy dish and bring lots of it to the gathering to share with the family. If they push their food on you, you will now have the arsenal to do the same and as a bonus, you will introduce your family to a healthy dish that you discovered.
- Indulge in family bonding time, not just eating. Yes, it is true that we often gather around food to feel close to our loved ones, but we suggest focusing on the conversations and family time more than the food. Once the physical hunger is satisfied, focus on filling yourself up with love and joy from spending time with the family instead of the third helping of the casserole.
- If you didn’t have time make anything, then buy a big box of mixed baby lettuce, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, a bag of your favorite nuts or seeds and a bunch of your favorite fresh herbs. Bring it as your contribution to the host and toss all of the ingredients together in your host’s the kitchen.
- Fill up half of your plate with the mixed greens salad or the healthy dish that you brought, one quarter with cooked vegetables and one quarter with your favorite dish on the table. Use the same principal if you chose to go for seconds
- When it comes to dessert, wait for an hour after the meal, if possible, before indulging your sweet tooth. Your best dessert bets would be fruit-based ones such as blueberry or apple pie, with as little of the crust as possible. My favorite go-to dessert is below:
Granny smith apples (2)
1/2 Cup Raisins
1/3 Cup Pecans- chopped
1 Tablespoon Maple syrup
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Slice apples in half vertically,
- Core out the middle of the apple leaving a large pocked to be filled
- Fill pocket with raisins and chopped pecans. Drizzle with maple syrup
- Place apples on aluminum foil (on the non-shiny side) and close it so little air escapes
- Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees
We often hear people refer to a significant other, a person that they love and care for. But what about “significant self?” Why is it that we often don’t think of ourselves as our own priority in regards to health or showing love and appreciation? When it comes to making ourselves a priority, many people often shy away and don’t think they are more important than taking care of your family. As a result of putting themselves on the back-burner and not taking care of their health, many people are constantly living in an emergency, fat-storing mode which leads to over-weight and under-nourished bodies.
But think about it this way — if you don’t take good care of yourself, how can you take care of others? What kind of example are you setting for your family? Would you want your kids to grow up neglecting their own health? Finally, when people don’t allow themselves to regularly unwind, they end up waiting too long until only chocolate cake, pizza or a bottle of wine will do the trick.
This month we want to challenge you to change your thinking and your actions. Whenever you have a thought that your self-care can wait, remember what every airline stresses in their pre-flight demonstrations: First put the oxygen mask on yourself, before you put it on a child. It’s not about being selfish, it is about being loving and gentle with yourself so that you can take care of your other priorities. Being gentle with ourselves doesn’t mean taking time off at the expense of others. Instead it should be balanced with being kind to others. Being kind to yourself will actually help you be kinder to people around you!
So this Valentine’s Month, try our challenge of taking 5 minutes out of your day and do something special for yourself EVERYDAY. Buy yourself flowers, smell your favorite candle or simply take time out for 300 seconds of slow breaths. Just simple 5-minute daily breaks can help your body get out of fat-storing mode into fat-burning. Remember your significant self and be fabulous!