December 25th is quickly approaching and while many of us have Christmas festivities on our minds, you may also be anxiously awaiting the start of Chanukah!
Chanukah begins this year on December 24th – so this time of year is certainly one to celebrate, with Christmas and Chanukah both overlapping. As these holidays approach, it is a little easy to become indulgent and neglect some of our healthier and more mindful habits. In order to better prepare for the 8 nights of Chanukah, below is a link to some healthy latke recipes.
Latkes are potato pancakes, traditionally made with shredded potatoes and fried in oil. This link provides some great healthy alternatives to make latkes a little more guilt free with options to substitute potatoes for ingredients such as zucchini, beets or sweet potato just to name a few.
Take a look and enjoy! Happy holidays!
Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, etc, etc, etc. Whatever it is you celebrate, we hope you truly enjoy it and spend time with family and friends. But that doesn’t make you have to halt your active lifestyle.
MINT Ambassador, Erika, rounded up some creative ways to stay active during the holiday season!
1. If you’re staying in DC, check out an indoor neighborhood pool.
2. Play with the kids! Got cousins, nieces and nephews? Put them to work!
3. Make your holiday gatherings a game!
4. Dust off mom and dad’s throwback VHS/DVD workout videos and get your sweat on, old school style. Jazzercise, anyone?
5. If you’re heading out of town, or back to your hometown, pop into your local fitness club or studio (solo or grab a family member or friend) and ask about a visitor pass or short-term access membership.
Enjoy the upcoming holiday season – no matter what you’re celebrating!
Holidays are approaching, and that means one thing… holiday parties. At first, seeing your loved ones, coworkers, or friends gathered around an endless buffet and bar sounds enticing.
But after two months of nonstop celebrations, it may be a frustrating struggle to fit into your favorite jeans. Well, we have a couple solutions for you to avoid packing on those pounds throughout the holidays!
Before you head out, enjoy a healthy snack (or meal) to curb your appetite. Eating a healthy, substantial breakfast in the morning can prevent overeating later on in the day. Right before a party, eat a filling snack with protein and complex carbohydrates, such as peanut butter with whole wheat crackers or hummus and carrots, to hold you over.
It is totally fine to indulge in a piece of pumpkin pie—just not the third or fourth slice. Feel free to enjoy the dessert, but try using a smaller plate. Studies have shown that when smaller plates or bowls are used, a smaller portion is viewed as “more filling.” Choose your indulgences wisely!
Even if you do not have time for your normal gym routine, try and fit in exercise wherever you can in your busy day. Shovel snow, clean for houseguests, dash through the stores in search of presents, or even just go for a walk after dinner.
Instead of bringing yet another dessert, offer to bring a healthy dish to the party. There are tons of holiday recipes that are modified to be a bit more health conscious. For example, if your signature dish is “Green Bean Casserole,” slim it down with fresh mushrooms and vegetable broth—instead of the cream of mushroom.
If engaging in conversation, try to stand more than an arm’s length away from the snacks that may be out before the meal. While chatting, you may not notice yourself even reaching for the nuts or chips on display. Therefore, stay as far away (as possible) to avoid temptation.
Fill your plate with vegetables and fruit first before moving onto the creamy mashed potatoes and honey-glazed ham. The fruits and vegetables may fill you up first, and remember—everything else in moderation!
These are just a few suggestions to keep you on track throughout the holiday season. It may seem impossible to prevent any weight gain, but all the more reason to stay active at MINT Health Club & Studio!
Johanna is a MINT Ambassador. Fitness as well as eating right have always been two major passions of hers — her first degree was even in Nutrition! After finishing up her Master’s this past summer, she now works as a Registered Nurse, but when she’s off, you can find her running or lifting at the gym.
Disclaimers: Consult a doctor before beginning an exercise regime. Never force a pose. Stop if you feel pain or intense discomfort. Yoga is meant to be yummy.
I love vinyasa yoga and I am obsessed with good alignment. This obsession doesn’t stem from a need for perfection, which would be very “un-yoga-like” of me, but from a passion for protecting the body from injury. Most bodies can safely practice yoga on a daily basis, but maintaining sound alignment is essential to your physical wellbeing. In this series, I will break down some common poses—explaining how to stay safe and fully enjoy each posture. Finally, remember to BREATHE consistently while practicing yoga to receive the full benefits of the practice … otherwise, you’re just stretching in Sanskrit. Today’s pose is Cobra, or Bhujangasana.
Practicing yoga on your own can be a ton of fun, but taking a class is a great way to explore new poses under the tutelage of a trained yoga instructor; check out MINT’s yoga offerings, here.
Ashley Binetti received her 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training at Saraswatis’s Yoga Joint in Norwalk, CT in 2011. Her favorite pose is Triangle. When she’s not doing yoga, Ashley works as a nonprofit attorney. She is also a MINT Ambassador.
MINT (and master pilates instructor, Karla Adams) is hosting a “Pilates for Chronic Pain Management” Workshop on December 4th.
About the workshop:
WHEN: Sunday, December 4, from 4-5:30pm
Chronic pain is a burden. It robs you of sleep, makes movement feel extremely risky and eats away at your personal sense of power and strength. Whether you’re living with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Low Back Pain, Pilates will give you your power back by teaching you how to experience your body and its movement patterns in a different way.
Beginning with the essential elements of body awareness, breath and balance, you’ll experience Pilates exercises combined with the foam roller. Learn specific exercises designed for pain relief and structural re-education in a safe and supportive environment.
This 90 minute workshop is for those living with chronic pain as well as instructors who would like to learn more about working with this population.