4 Keys to Staying Healthy—and Trim—through the Holidays

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Healthy happy womanIf you value health and fitness, you may worry about seasonal weight gain. Though it’s common for many, packing on holiday pounds is not inevitable─despite the fact that celebratory foods are often very high in calories. With a few clever tips, you’ll remain trim through the holidays while enjoying delicious meals and festivities more than ever:

Guard against stress eating

Though joyful, holidays can also be stressful, between family/social obligations, shopping and entertaining. This can set you up for stress-induced snacking, especially when surrounded by holiday goodies. Be sure to protect yourself with healthy choices between celebrations. Whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, grains and lean proteins will energize you and help ensure steady blood sugar levels. Arm yourself on the go with smart, portable snacks like almonds, protein bars, string cheese, apples, and carrot sticks.

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8 Simple Tips From Dr. Denise For a Healthy & Fit Year

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With the holidays behind you, the question becomes: How will you move into a life of joy, balance and health – free from overeating? Here are 8 easy ways to get started and stay motivated this year.

1. First, do a gentle cleansing.

Eliminate sugar, caffeine and white flour products from your diet, at least for a while. Stay well-hydrated. Have healthy fruits, vegetables and grains on hand to truly nourish your body. Give yourself extra sleep to start with. Plan fun activities to get some fresh air and light exercise. Remember that there are no mistakes, only lessons – and do not be hard on yourself. No one can do it perfectly, so don’t expect that you can!

2. Find a flexible, healthy eating plan that appeals to you – something you can live with long term.

Make room for your favorite foods and take your time with it. You can find healthy eating help from the Superfoods Healthy Eating Plan designed by Henry’s Farmer’s Market; it includes tips, recipes, and a meal plan. Or check out The Daily Green’s fun, interactive 30 Days to Green Your Diet – with easy-to-read, unique (and useful) tips to help you slowly, steadily build a healthier relationship with food. Both are free and really easy to use!

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Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Outdoor Gear and Giveaway!

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It’s National Outdoors month and whether you are going camping with the family, hiking with friends or shipping your kids off to camp, here are some of Mambo’s favorite eco-friendly outdoor gear that you shouldn’t leave home without!

Don’t forget to enter to win this month’s giveaway! (scroll down to the bottom of this post for more details)

Item: Eco-Gear Backpack

Why we love it:
  • Made of planet-friendly organic cotton, PVC-free materials, recycled plastics and toxic-free dyes and components. Click here to learn about the dangers of PVC.
  • It’s tough enough to handle any hike, run or walk without being tough on the environment.
  • Visit www.ecogear-products.com to find the Eco-Gear Snow Leopard Backpack for $79.99 each (FYI – We just saw it on sale for $49.99!).

Personally recommended by: Christine (Mambo’s Production Coordinator a.k.a. Facebook Fanatic) “I bought this backpack because not only was it earth friendly but comfortable as well.  The padded straps make it so comfortable to hike around in. I also love that it has slots for my MP3 player and water bottle.”

Item: Merrell Shoes

Why we love it:
  • Super comfortable and incredibly durable.
  • Merrell believes in encouraging and equipping everyone to get outside. They support organizations that share their mission to increase participation in the outdoors –especially among children.
  • Uses recycled material and synthetic fibers that eliminate harmful chemicals.
  • Prices vary. Find them online at http://www.merrell.com

Personally recommended by: Kim (Mambo’s Sales Advisor a.k.a. Unofficial Health Informant) “Merrell shoes rock. I walked for 7 1/2 hours when I was 7 month’s pregnant in my Merrell’s and my feet still felt great at the end of the day. If I could do that, Merrells can hang with any kid this summer!”

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5 Natural Stress Busters

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Fall commences the beginning of a very exciting but stressful time of year. It starts with September when you begin getting your tykes ready for back to school. The morning rush, homework and after school activities galore! Before you know it, you’ll be hosting holiday parties, out of town guests and shopping until you drop. When you’re feeling frazzled and counting to 10 doesn’t seem to be doing the trick anymore, it’s time to try these stress busters on for size.

The next time you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, try these simple, natural solutions to de-stress and relax:

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Check Your Self-Care List

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Most of us realize the importance of making and checking lists. We may make packing lists, lists of items we need to take along and lists of people we have been meaning to connect with. Some more organized people even have lists of lists! But many of us neglect to consult the most vital list of all – our self-care list. We are complex beings and must attend to ourselves – physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and environmentally.

Life is stressful.

We are always on the go and trying to meet the needs of others while balancing the often-difficult demands of our personal lives. We may find ourselves away from our homes and loved ones at times, eating airport snacks, sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings, lacking opportunities to exercise and dealing with delays, plan changes and set backs.

Before you head out the door pack a self-care checklist to review on the plane or in the hotel. Attending to your needs on all levels will ensure consistent health and balance. You will look better, feel better and radiate higher energy all day long! Following is my personal checklist. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stay Focused to Get Fit

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get fitWith any luck, spring has finally sprung in your neck of the woods. Long gone and all but forgotten are the cold, dreary and dark days of winter. But what about your New Year’s fitness resolutions? Have those been left in the past as well? Chances are good they have been; studies show that 50% of the people who start a new exercise program give up during the first three to six months. And experts agree that the number of people who quit after starting at the beginning of a New Year might be even higher. So how do you stay on track? Keep reading for tips to stay motivated through the spring—so you can look and feel your best come
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