Holiday Food: Swap This for That The holidays are approaching quickly! This time of year brings colder weather, shorter days, and some our favorite, not-so-healthy foods. It can be hard to stay on track when we’re tempted by warm and hearty soups, gigantic turkey dinners, or those sweet pumpkin treats. When we get together with…

What Do Nutrition Labels Actually Mean? By: Sarah White Have you ever found yourself reading a nutrition label and asking yourself, “hmm what does that word actually mean?” Millions of Americans find themselves confused with the terminology food companies use that may trick you. This blog aims to provide you with the information and knowledge…

Halloween is right around the corner and we all know what that means…endless amounts of candy! Candy is the number one item bought during the month of October, the most popular being Candy Corn, followed by Snickers, Reese’s, Kit Kats, and M&Ms. It has been reported that the average American eats 24 pounds of candy…

Carolyn Bever is an incredible member of our BR Family! She is a true Renaissance woman: she is an amazing violin player and teacher, a high-energy fitness instructor, an interior decorator, and all around inspiration to many. Carolyn has shown great resiliency this past year, having overcome a great challenge. Continue on to read her…

It’s that time of year again where the sun gets warmer, the days get longer, and the outdoor grilling begins. This weekend is one of the most popular holidays for grilling and also eating (yum!), but it can also be a challenge when it comes to finding healthy recipes to cook. Listed below are the…

 As a member of the BR Community, you are drawn towards an active, healthy lifestyle – and the benefits are apparent: you feel better, you have more energy, you have tools to effectively deal with stress, you have better sleep, etc. But can you think back to a moment when this list was not apparent?…

Tips For A Healthy Vacation Plan Ahead & Start Off Healthy Pack easy travel snacks  (see below for ideas) Eat a healthy meal before going to the airport Stay Hydrated Look for healthy options while waiting at the airport (fruit, yogurt, salad, water) Research Local Restaurants Know which restaurants you want to go to before…

In Part One of Fit Today, Fit Tomorrow, we established that exercise habits do not always develop easily. We identified that many people seek out immediate interventions to mitigate life’s stressors, often overlooking the long-term benefit of a healthy and active lifestyle. The paradox here is that this hunger (no pun intended) for immediate stress…

It can be very hard to resist those delectable pies and homemade baked goods during the holidays but as long as you set healthy guidelines and routines during the holiday season then you will be one step ahead of everyone when the new year comes. It is very easy for individuals to pack in the calories during the holidays because your not only surrounded by all of the holiday food favorites but as the weather gets cold, the comfort foods start to become more prominent in many individuals daily food habits. As Thanksgiving gets closer and you begin to start analyzing what you are going to put on your plate and what workouts you will need to do for the next day; I want you to remember one word “moderation!” Moderation is key in any holiday get-together or festivity. As you start to contemplate what your action step will be I am going to leave you with a few tips for a healthy holiday season. 10 Tips to Follow During the Holiday Season: 1. Don’t arrive to family or friends houses on an empty stomach 2. Eat your regular amount of meals and snacks (3 meals and 2-3 snacks) 3. Bring a healthy dish to the party or offer to bring one 4. Avoid excess alcohol 5. Avoid over-snacking 6. Select smaller portions 7. Eat slowly 8. Leave the table when you are done 9. Stay active-get everyone moving 10. Modify holiday recipes Choose More: 1. White meat turkey breast 2. White meat chicken breast 3. Steamed vegetables 4. Fresh fruit 5. Tossed salad 6. Sweet potatoes 7. Whole grains 8. Water (kick it up with some flavor: add in some fresh lemon or lime wedges) Choose Less: 1. Pies/Cakes 2. Eggnog 3. Pudding 4. Gravy 5. Candy 6. Sugary beverages/alcoholic drinks 7. Stuffing 8. Casseroles Have a safe and fun holiday season!

It can be very hard to resist those delectable pies and homemade baked goods during the holidays but as long as you set healthy guidelines and routines during the holiday season then you will be one step ahead of everyone when the new year comes.  It is very easy for individuals to pack in the…

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