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Monday, 28 December 2015 15:12

HAPPY NEW YOU!!!

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The holidays are over and it’s almost the start of a new year. The winter weight is officially on and the indulgence holidays have come and gone. Regret for what was eaten and visons of bathing suit season are lingering. But alas, a new year is ahead and gym memberships are on sale. It is time for the annual New Year’s Resolutions to begin and the race is on to see who backs down first.

This year I will go to the gym! This year I will be in great shape when summer rolls around! This is the year I will work off every pound I put on and then some! Sound familiar? How can this year actually be your year? Commitment! Here are some tips to help you commit to a healthier, better you for 2016:

 

 

·         Small changes at first: Don’t try to make it happen too quickly. By making small changes they will be more attainable. It takes about 30 days to create a new habit.

·         Divide and conquer: Take the amount of weight you want to lose and divide it by four. These goals are easier to reach and you will feel more accomplished reaching smaller goals than trying to hit a bigger goal.

·         Incentivize: Plan rewards when you hit specific goals, like maybe a pedicure for losing the first goal, new jeans for another goal, etc.

·         Buddy Up: Find someone with a similar goal to go to the gym or fitness classes with you. Motivation is key and sometimes all it takes is knowing someone else is counting on you too!

·         Selfie challenge: Take a before pic and put it on your fridge. This will motivate you to want change and to want to see a difference worth taking a new selfie of in a few months.

The key is to commit, not over-commit. You can’t force change and you can’t transform overnight.. Don’t get discouraged or you will quit. Invest in yourself. You are worth it.

 

 

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 17:10

Veggiecation Lesson Huge Hit at Katz JCC!!!

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Last week was my first Veggiecation lesson at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, NJ. The kids were ages 5 1/2 to 8 years old and were all involved in the after school program provided by the JCC. The kids were so excited to learn all about the star veg of the day which was cauliflower. We made Cauliflower Popcorn and they couldnt get enough! Not only did they love to help prepare the snack, they got a huge kick out of getting to shake the bag up to mix the ingredients. Once they got a chance to taste the final product they couldnt stop smiling and asking for more! When I asked the director of the program, Michelle Nussbaum, said, "both our Just4Kids staff as well as the students 150% loved you and the workshop! The staff shared that the kids loved you and had a lot of fun!  Also I got to try some of the cauliflower popcorn and it was AMAZING!!!!" 

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 17:10

Veggiecation Lesson Huge Hit at Katz JCC!!!

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Last week was my first Veggiecation lesson at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, NJ. The kids were ages 5 1/2 to 8 years old and were all involved in the after school program provided by the JCC. The kids were so excited to learn all about the star veg of the day which was cauliflower. We made Cauliflower Popcorn and they couldnt get enough! Not only did they love to help prepare the snack, they got a huge kick out of getting to shake the bag up to mix the ingredients. Once they got a chance to taste the final product they couldnt stop smiling and asking for more! When I asked the director of the program, Michelle Nussbaum, said, "both our Just4Kids staff as well as the students 150% loved you and the workshop! The staff shared that the kids loved you and had a lot of fun!  Also I got to try some of the cauliflower popcorn and it was AMAZING!!!!" 

Thursday, 03 April 2014 08:14

Rehydration Station

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Spring is here and that means we can finally get everyone outside again! Activity levels are back on the rise and and that means thirst levels will be too. Just like our grass and flowers need water so do we. Hydration and rehydration are extremely important in order to keep us healthy. The more active we are the more fluids we need. When kids play sports or play hard and begin to sweat they are losing essential body fluids. Dehydration leads to muscle cramps, fatigue, etc, and begins before a child tells you he is thirsty.

There are plenty of options for staying hydrated. Choosing the best one for your child depends on his or her lifestyle. How active is he/she? If she is moderately active  choose water because it is a clean, natural fluid. If your child does not like water it is ok to add a small piece of fruit into the water such as strawberry, watermelon, canteloupe, etc to add natural flavor.  If your child is extremely active you may choose to rehydrate with electrolytes such as Gatorade or Powerade. Just be very cautious of these drinks, which are extremely high in sugar. A 12 oz. bottle may have around 12 packets of sugar in it. Water is always the best choice, but if he or she prefers flavored drinks that offer vitamins or electrolytes, be sure to balance his diet as well. Stay away from fizzy drinks as they offer zero benefit for dehydration.

'How do i know how much water my child should be drinking?" This is an excellent question. Follow these basic guidelines below:

AGE              GENDER               LITERS PER DAY

 4-8           girls and boys                  1.3

9-13               girls                           2.1

                     boys                           2.4

14-18             girls                           2.3

                     boys                           3.3

 

Remember, you cannot overhydrate your child! The only down side to drinking too much water is finding a bathrrom while you are at the soccer field. For that, my friend, you are on your own! ;)

 

 

 

 

 

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