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So, the title doesn’t have a ton to do with the topic at hand but it’s a reference to one of my favorite movies EV-ER, “The Sandlot” but more so it’s something that I say to myself and my kids at least once a day (my friends will vouch for that) – and I’m pretty sure those exact words come out of my mouth every time I meet another cookie, cheesy dip and cocktail that I can’t resist! As we close on the busiest, craziest, most hectic, most fattening  most joyous season ever, you’re undoubtedly fighting the good fight with left-over holiday treats and the sugary-sweet guilt that comes with them. Although it’s usually reported the average American gains about 10 pounds through the holiday season, it’s more about water retention and bloat than actual fat gain (although I am not issuing a challenge here!). Most of this weight comes from the high levels of carbohydrates that we consume from baked goods and heavy cocktails.

We’re a few days into the new year, how are those resolutions going? Didn’t set any? Already scrapped them? You wouldn’t be alone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about resolving to do bigger and better things this year (from taking care of a load of laundry as soon as it’s folded, to saving more moolah), but what I’m not about is the pressure and guilt that comes from not achieving or sticking with them right out of the gate. You don’t need a Monday to start and you most certainly don’t need to wait until 2017. Here are a few things that I think everyone should resolve to do in keeping their health and wellness a priority in the new year:

  • I absolutely don’t believe in cutting any one food group out – I don’t deal well with restriction. So you’ll have to excuse my eye rolls when people say, “oh just cut out carbs to lose weight”.  As mentioned before the copious amounts of carbs that we take in during the holidays do add up fast, but those are mainly simple carbs made up of SUGAR. So, look for ways to get good (complex) carbs into your day – like: apples, broccoli, beans, quinoa (tons of great ways to use it – like Megan’s Quinoa Chili) and grains. They’re necessary for energy and blood sugar regulation.
  • Be sure to get in the daily recommended amount of fiber, digestion is key, especially if you do indulge! Remember the average woman should take in 25-30g and men 35-38g a day.
  • Stay hydrated (and I don’t mean with a cocktail!). Our bodies require hydration to live, to digest, and it’s key in our metabolic process. If you’re looking to even maintain your weight, you’ve got to get in your water – everyone should strive for half their body weight in ounces daily.
  • When you know you have a big event/occasion coming up, DON’T restrict your intake all day just to leave enough “room” to over-indulge. You will likely take in way more than what you would have if you had eaten well through out the day.
  • Take time for your exercise. I know it’s hard, but I also know it’s possible. I work (a couple of jobs), I have kids and a husband, so I know the pain of not knowing what direction you’re actually supposed to be going in at any given time. BUT, if you’ve got time to scroll Facebook for even 30 minutes day… and come on, we all know that you do, you’ve got time to get in a quick workout. See last month’s at home quickie workout here [November blog link], you can even split it into two 15-minute sessions a day.  Anything is better than nothing, I promise.
  • Remember, all food is full of chemicals. What? Yes, I did just say that. A huge controversy among all kinds of diet-ers and food know-it-alls is the general rule that you shouldn’t eat anything that has an ingredient that you can’t pronounce. Well, I get it. BUT, just to make a point here are just a few things that make up something my 4 year-old eats every day; glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltose, starch, glutamic acid, aspartic acid, histidine, leucine, lysine, arginine, valine, alanine, serine and glycine. Can you guess?  Not gold-fish, not gogurt. It’s a BANANA!  So, while I am all about limiting the harmful things that I put in my body, just don’t get crazy with your chemical-this, natural-that talk. Remember it’s all about the quantity you take it in at.

I hope if nothing else, you resolve to treat yourself better in 2016 – emotionally, spiritually, physically or in whatever ways you need. Like The Great Bambino (the sultan of swat, the king of crash, the colossus of clout) says in The Sandlot, “everybody gets that one chance to do something great.” Today’s your chance.

P.S. Benny Rodriguez was totally hot when I was 10. If you haven’t seen the movie do yourself a favor, it’s a classic… for-ev-ver, for-ev-ver, for-ev-ver!

Love, Erica.

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