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The holidays are supposed to be full of laughter, cheer, generosity, and time with family. The reality is that to some people, the holidays are really full of stress, family drama, depression, or worse. Unhappiness and stress can cause you to gain weight, pulling you further into the holiday blues. If you are one of the many that are affected negatively during the holiday season, we have a few tips that will have you singing, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in no time! Don’t Expect Perfection If you’re one of those family members that has to have everything “just so” during the holidays, then maybe it’s time to relax a little. It’s okay if the cat broke six ornaments or the gingerbread house for your grandchildren didn't turn out just right. Find the beauty in the chaos and focus on the positive interactions you’re having with your family! Budget Many people... read more
If you're looking for a meal that is healthy and easy, then this Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Chicken is for you! You're tastebuds will tingle and you will feel confident, knowing that you're serving your family (and yourself) a filling and delicious meal without any bad ingredients! You'll need: 5 lbs. organic, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips 5 cloves organic garlic, minced 2 cans (8 oz. each) organic artichoke hearts 16 oz. organic, cage-free chicken broth 2 organic lemons, juiced 3 organic jalapeños (wash out the seeds if you want the flavor, but not the spice) 16 oz. organic Greek yogurt 1 bunch organic spinach (creamed in a blender) 1 cup organic parmesan or substitute 2 cups shredded mozzarella or substitute Directions: Add chicken, garlic, artichoke hearts (with brine), and chicken broth to crockpot. Cook on high heat for 4-5 hours. Turn on low. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cook for another 30 minutes, stirring every five minutes. Serve over rice or substitute. Your family will be clamoring... read more
Holiday parties. Meeting friends at the bar. Candy stocking stuffers. Goodies from the neighbors. There are so many temptations that cross your path during the holiday season. You don’t want to totally blow your new weight loss plan by giving into temptation, but we know that you also don’t want to be a drag on the holiday spirit. Listed below are our best tips for navigating the holiday season successfully, without ruining all of the effort you’ve made so far! Holiday Parties The best thing to do to ensure that you don’t splurge at a holiday party is to make sure and bring your own sumptuous taste treat. There are literally thousands of recipes out there that put a healthy twist on a traditional holiday treat. If bringing your own healthy item isn’t possible, then be sure to avoid fried foods. Dairy products can cause digestive issues, so to avoid embarrassment, steer clear... read more