That’s often enough to make sure you stay on track, but not so often that you take all the fun out of holiday noshing, Step on the scale first thing in the morning when your stomach is empty.
Exercising in the morning can help ensure better behavior all day long, according to a study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Using brain scans, researchers found that when women worked out in the a.m., they not only moved more the rest of the day, but they also responded less to pictures of tempting food compared with the days they didn’t do a morning workout. The upshot: fewer cravings for high-fat fare.
Check out the buffet before you pile your plate to avoid foods you don’t really want. If you could take or leave sushi but love sliders, don’t take the tuna rolls hoping to be able to resist those cute little burgers. If you pick the stuff you really want and have it in moderation you’ll eliminate those cravings that can get you in trouble later on.
Willpower- Just Say No- All Day Long
“Willpower is like a muscle: Work it and you get stronger. What’s key is to practice keeping yourself in check in non-food situations, too. “Whether you’re driving in rush hour traffic or dealing with a temperamental kid, there are challenges that require self-control,” Dr. Dansinger says. Succeed in not honking at that rude driver, he explains, and you’ll be better able to resist dessert at the party.”
Cutting back all day so you can indulge at an event that night only sets you up for a pig-out. Why? You’re starving! It’s easy to get out of control when you’re faced with high-calorie choices. Be sure to eat your three squares and a couple of snacks. Aim for lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean protein.
One pioneer in laughter research, William Fry, claimed it took ten minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter. And laughter appears to burn calories, too. Maciej Buchowski, a researcher from Vanderbilt University, conducted a small study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turned out that 10-15 minutes of laughter burned 50 calories.
We all know that getting a massage can help us feel great and reduces stress but did you know that it can aid in weight control and loss? Massage aids weight control because it improves blood circulation, improves muscle building capabilities, and increases tissue metabolism. When we exercise, vital nutrients must be supplied to the muscles so they can recover and rebuild themselves. Massage increases the supply of vital nutrients and oxygen though increased blood flow, which helps the muscles to grow and burn more calories. At the Oneida Holistic Health Center, our Licensed Massage Therapists offer a variety of types of massages for individuals and couples including hot stone, cold stone, Swedish, sports and chair.
According to Dr. Oz, research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism. The guiding principal is that acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.
At the Oneida Holistic Health Center we offer private and community acupuncture sessions. By offering community acupuncture we can reduce the price for you by treating multiple patients in the room at the same time. Unlike most community acupuncture clinics, our community acupuncture clinic only has two chairs which are separated by privacy screens. Dr. Edward Miller uses points below the knees and elbows so there is no need to undress. Just kick off your shoes, roll up your sleeves and enjoy. Book an appointment with a loved one or friend and you can enjoy the experience together. Learn more about the benefits of acupuncture for weight loss by following this link to the Dr. Oz show. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/acupuncture-and-weight-loss
Major changes in how food is grown, processed, cooked, served and marketed have created mass confusion surrounding food. Further complicating the way we choose and eat food are fad diets and misinformation provided by unqualified individuals. Nutritionists are able to aid in making good food choice by providing current, reliable information about nutrients, calories, food groups, serving sizes, explaining the small text on labels, marketing tactics, food ingredients, allergies, interactions and more. Licensed Nutritionists know that each person is a unique individual. There is not one nutrition plan that will work for everyone. Age, height, weight and gender are just a few factors that determine your nutritional needs. Other personal aspects such as physical activity, special needs, family health history and present health conditions require further specialization. Nutritionists take all of these things into consideration to create a personalized plan that fits with YOUR health needs and goals. Anita Schubert is a Licensed Nutritionist who sees clients at the Oneida Holistic Health Center in Marlborough, CT. Some insurance is accepted. To schedule a free consultation with Anita call the center at 860-467-6518.
Meditation can relieve stress, clear the mind and improve productivity and thought patterns. It can also aid in weight loss. Meditation can be done any where and does not require any special clothes, tools or equipment. The Meditation Instructor at the Oneida Center offers group and private meditation classes. In this exclusive extended video, Deepak Chopra explains the meditation techniques that can help you slim down. Learn how to harness the power of your mind. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/meditate-lose-weight-pt-1.
Indoor Cycling has many benefits and just about everyone can ride a bike. Indoor cycling is a low-impact activity that you control. It does not require concentration or complex choreography. Just let your mind go and experience the ultimate ride. Learn more by visiting Revive Cycling in Marlborough. http://www.revivecycling.com/
Holiday shopping can be very stressful. Most people don’t have any more free time just because it’s the holiday season, yet we feel compelled to do more. This behavior often results in making unhealthy quick food choices and raises our stress hormones. You can save time, reduce stress, save fuel and avoid the crowds by shopping in small local stores and shops. What you save in your fuel costs, and time will outweigh the extra costs for some goods purchased in smaller stores. More than 70% of all dollars spent in local stores stays local so you can feel good knowing that you are helping your neighbors and your community. Gift certificates and online shopping other health saving alternatives to getting stressed visiting the big box stores.
Unhealthy weight gain is attributed to an imbalance in the flow of energy, resulting in carrying an excess weight that is not normal. Reiki is believed to help restore the flow of ki and balance the problems that cause the accumulation of weight in the first place. According to Reiki, each chakra in the body is responsible for certain functions. The belly or the spleen chakra, which is present right under the stomach, is responsible for our emotional wellbeing. When there is an imbalance in the flow of energy in this area, there will be problems related to eating, resulting in either overeating or eating disorders. There are three Reiki Masters available at the Oneida Holistic Health Center. To learn more about Reiki check out this video made by our group member Eaglemoon Raes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8iepPusdUo
The digestive system can have great benefits from reflexology to help the system run efficiently and effectively. Reflexology improves blood flow to the intestines and this stimulates better digestion. With better digestion, the food is broken down and moved through the system more efficiently. Painful digestion is eliminated and constipation will improve, and can even be eliminated since food will travel through the system faster.” To read the full article, follow this link: http://www.3fatchicks.com/the-benefits-of-reflexology-massage/
The holidays can be a joyous time of year yet they can also be stressful or sad for many. Often weight gain is the result. Learning how to grow through difficult times of change can help eliminate pain and bring about solutions to an individual’s problems. The Life Coach at the Oneida Holistic Health Center follows a methodology based on Skills for Change methodology. It is an approach to personal, relationship, family, and community change that recognizes the influence of systemic power on our lives and relationships, and thus generates understanding, choice, and opportunity. The Life Coach at the Oneida Center offers sessions in the office, via telephone and Skype. To learn more about the benefits of working with a Life Coach visit our coaching page.
At the Oneida Holistic Health Center our practitioners are dedicated to helping you live well and feel good. We are located just a short distance from Hartford, Storrs, Manchester, Old Saybrook, Groton and Wallingford. We offer discounts to Veterans and Students with a valid id. To learn more about holistic approaches to weight control and/or loss call us at 860-467-6518 to schedule a free consultation with one of our practitioners.