Happy New Year, LifeVest friends! We’re excited to kick off 2015 with you, and want to take the time today to help you create some healthy goals for the year ahead. Goal-setting is important for driving motivation and focus so you can stay on the path towards a healthy, happy you. As they say, New Year, New You. Determine the “you” that you want to become, and then set the goal(s) that will take you there. A dream written down becomes a plan you can achieve.
While resolution-making is a common New Year tradition – 40% of Americans will set one this month – we know getting started can often feel like a challenge. We’ve got some ideas for you below to help get the wheels spinning. Choose one, or use it to inspire your own goal-making for finding health and happiness this year. Let’s see those dreams to reality, together!
Your 3-step plan:
- Choose a goal.
- Make it specific. Perhaps your over-arching goal is to “lose weight” or “get healthy” or “be happier”. To make that objective achievable, break it down into smaller goals. Consider setting a different goal to focus on for each month of the year that will take you towards your larger goal.
- Write it down. Putting pen to paper is proven to make you more successful in actually achieving your plan.
Healthy Ideas to Get You Started: Read the rest of this entry »
The New Year is just three days away. Cheers to that LifeVest friends! We can’t wait to kick off 2015 with you. We’ll be helping you do some goal-setting in the weeks to come, and preparing you for your best (i.e. healthiest) year yet. But first, let’s talk New Years Eve, the day when more bubbles than ever are expected to be poured into flutes, glasses, and other tools for cheersing. Fun fact: 25% of all Champagne sold annually in the U.S. is purchased between Christmas and New Years Day.
Whether you’ll be popping some bubbly or enjoying another favorite beverage, let’s go into the countdown educated about what may be flowing into your glass. If you’re curious about calories like us, check out our comparison chart below. The biggest takeaway here, however, is to remember both mindfulness and moderation.
There are just a handful of days and dinners left of 2014, and we’d like to invite you to join us in making every one of those remaining 5 nightly meals a nourishing meal. Below, we’ve rounded up some healthy recipes for your holiday leftovers to get you started. Pick out a few according to what you might have stocked in your fridge. Then make a game-plan for how you’ll ring out the rest of the year in good health and good eating. Cheers!
Our Top Turkey Pick: Mexican Turkey Stew via Cooking Light
If you’re tastebuds are tiring of the classic seasonings of American holiday food, this one’s for you. Flavored with chili powder, this soup will reinvent your turkey into a stew you’ll want to make all winter.
If you are among the many who find family to be one of the biggest sources of stress this time of year, let’s take a different approach to the next family gathering. Let’s make moves, together.
Families that move together, bond together. Studies show that when individuals engage in exercise together, afterwards they naturally feel happier with their relationship. Endorphins > stress = happiness. Let’s not forget, exercise is also a good way for us all to ward off that Santa stomach.
So, your approach for this holiday season: less fighting, more moving. If you feel the urge to snap at Uncle Bill, at your mom or dad, or to snap within your own self from stress, make moves instead. We’ve got 5 ideas below for doing it together.
The Ikea-like crowds in non-Ikea stores. The food-heavy parties that start making it easy for your stomach to match Santa’s. The money tree that sometimes feels like it’s shedding its needles a little too quickly. Whew, sometimes the holidays can put you in a place where you’re not feeling too great. Luckily, you needn’t necessarily let the season take you there.
Instead, we’ve got a few tricks below that you can carry out in fewer minutes than it’ll take to get through the checkout line. And they’ll make the whole experience seem not so bad, either.
Below, five quick tricks for keeping away those holiday stress tears so you can ring in that holiday cheer instead!
1. Sniff on this: Recent research out of Tel Aviv University shows that certain citrus fragrances boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood. Either squeeze a spritz of lemon or orange, or dab a little of their essential oil on a handkerchief, and carry it with you in your purse or pocket. The next time you’re stuck standing in a line or feeling anxious, pull it out and give it a sniff!
LifeVest recently held its first virtual “potluck” featuring users’ favorite healthy recipe renovations! From veggie-filled sides to revamped casseroles to an array of convenient, make-ahead Crock-Pot meals, we received a hearty round of recipes to now display at our virtual table. We’ve selected a few of our favorites to share with you, so grab a seat with us and get inspired for your next holiday gathering. Also, we’d like to extend a warm thank you to our entire LifeVest community and all whom swapped a recipe with us!
Renovated Sweet Potato Gratin
Decked out in lights and ornaments, your Christmas tree is capable of doing more than just stand pretty. The same goes for that evergreen proudly stretching its branches in your backyard.
Those needles your tree displays are chock full of vitamins A & C, with a minty, fresh, and pine-like flavor. And you better believe they are edible.
Not sure what pine tastes like? Go ahead and grab a needle from the tree and find out. All pine needles are suitable to eat, though you may find that you enjoy the flavor of some types over others. Just steer clear of any trees you believe may have been sprayed with pesticides.
We suggest chewing on their ends, almost like a stick of gum, or steeping them into a tea, the most common way pines are consumed. Here’s a recipe to get your started. Once you create the simple tea, add a little honey and drink as is, or use the vitamin tonic to flavor soups, breads, and sauces, or any other recipe you in which you might add a liquid.
It’s a great way to try something new, and really put your holiday tree to use – especially when you’re about to send it out the door at the end of the season. However, if you’re feeling a bit dubious about Pine Needle tea, we’ve put together a collection of other wintertime tea tonics for boosting your health and keeping you warm. Check out a few of our favorites below!
The greatest gift in life is good health. Since unfortunately you can’t just go to the store and buy superpowers to become healthy and energized forever, we’ve pulled together a few of the next best things you actually can place in your shopping cart. Each is designed to not only help you work towards better health, but to have fun while doing so. Pick out a few items for the ones you love and / or better yet, put some on your own wish list!
1. Custom Workout Mat
Want the idea of hitting the mat to feel more exciting? Create a design that’ll make you want to unroll that cushion everyday! Whether it’s a favorite photo of yours, a quote that inspires, or an image that makes you smile, Cafe Press let’s you custom design your own workout mat. Upload an image, and they’ll do the rest for you, with mats priced at $58.
2. Exercise Cards by WorkoutLabs