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  • -- A simple thinking tweak to become the happiest person you know.

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The Best Healthy Holiday Recipe For The Christmas Season

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The 3-bean salad, an super-easy healthy dish to feel light this Christmas season!

[Maria’s Note: I’m excited to introduce to you Nagina Sethi today, a driven management consultant from NY who recently lost 40 pounds after having two kids. She’s sharing one of her best healthy holiday recipes for Christmas. The best part? It’s healthy and you don’t even need to cook it! That’s how easy it is! Just in time, right?]

I love the holidays, but the chocolate and Christmas cookies love me more.

Last year, I had a huge Thanksgiving meal, a generous Christmas Eve night, and an even bigger New Year’s Eve brunch. And a lot of chocolates, indulgent dinners and warm buttery desserts and fried snacks in between.

The food tasted great going down – but very shortly afterward, I would feel lethargic, bloated and heavy. I wouldn’t have enough energy to continue talking with others – instead I would look for the closest seat to rest. If I was wearing pants or a fitted dress, I would soon feel uncomfortable as my stomach pressed up against my clothing.

The next morning I would wake up filled with guilt. My body and mind didn’t enjoy the feeling after I ate unhealthy. I knew I had to change something to feel positive about myself throughout the holidays.

I wanted to feel free and enjoy myself – and I felt that meant that I had to drink cider and hot chocolates, indulge in sweets and eat large helpings.

It’s important to us to eat healthy and have energy – but we also want to feel the joy that comes with the holidays. We want to have fun and not deprive ourselves. Read More

How Habits Change You From The Inside Out

This is a time-sensitive article, where I talk about:

  • My personal experience with habits change, and how creating good habits has not just changed my life but who I am
  • Today I’ll be doing a FREE live webinar for people who want to make exercise a habit. So if you’re “lazy”, or if you’re”procrastinating”, then scroll to the bottom, or click here to register. You can either attend by phone or through the web.
Habits change who you are, they are changing your whole identity. Deliberately starting habits can be the best thing you could ever learn.
When I arrived at the gym only to see it closed, I realized that habits literally change who you are. They are changing your whole identity. Deliberately starting habits can be the best thing you could ever learn.

During the Labor Day weekend I realized the extent habits change you from within.

Just like any other weekend, I went to the gym. To my disappointment, the gym was closed! Ugh, I went all the way to the gym only to find it closed. I was angry at them for not clearly displaying their Labor Day holiday hours, and for not updating their website. I was very unhappy to miss the workout I was so looking forward to.

And this is when it hit me. Had this happened a few years ago, I wouldn’t have been angry for NOT working out. I would have been relieved! I would have thought: “Yay, I don’t have to exercise, and I have an amazing excuse for not doing it, so no need to feel guilty either!” 

That’s just one of the instances that shows how much I have changed. It’s not that I hated exercise in the past – I didn’t. It’s just to an extent, I did see it as a chore.

I did see exercise as something I had to do, more than as I something I really wanted to do.

Maybe that’s why I was inconsistent with exercise back then. I was in need of a habits change. I used to exercise 1-3 times per week. I now do some type of exercise almost every day, and if I don’t exercise, then my body will make me do something about it.Read More

Do You Really Need More Time, Or More Motivation To Exercise Daily?

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Imagine if you were one of those healthy and toned people who are looking forward to their daily workout…You can be one of them with Exercise Bliss! Last class of 2014 starts next Monday. Details to enroll below.

Most of us think that if we had more time then we’d exercise. If only we were not so busy.

Yet, most of us know of people who are equally, if not more, busy as us, and they do exercise. Yes, we might keep trying to do our daily 30 minutes (and failing), but they’re exercising daily no matter what. Come rain or shine, they’re doing it!

If only we had their motivation.

So if motivation to exercise is what you lack, then you’re desperately trying to increase it. If only you tried harder.

Conventional wisdom says that if you want something bad enough then you’re meant to make it happen, right? So if you wanted to live healthier badly enough, then you’d already be exercising 5 days a week, right?

WRONG. The scientifically studied odds are actually nine to one. Nine to one against you.

Here’s why.

At first glance, it’d be safe to assume that the people who want to live healthy and exercise the most, are the people who have already faced severe medical problems because of their unhealthy habits.

I’d assume that when the stakes are to either change or die, then people would take changing their habits very seriously. I’d assume that, say, the people who’ve had by-pass surgery because of unhealthy habits, will live healthier and change their habits after the surgery.

The stakes are as high as they can be, right? These people want to change their habits badly, like really badly.

Their LIFE depends on living healthier.

Well, now let’s look at the facts.

“If you look at people after coronary-artery bypass grafting two years later, 90% of them have not changed their lifestyle.”

Dr. Edward Miller, dean of the medical school and CEO of the hospital at Johns Hopkins University

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How To Lose 22 Pounds, By Exercising For 5 Minutes A Day.

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If you want to get fast results with exercise, you have to do it the counterintuitive – not the obvious – way. Read how Krista lost 22 lbs starting with just 5 min/day

Everyone wants to get fast results with exercise. EVERYONE. Some people want to lose weight, others want to get toned, a flat belly, or a lifted butt. Others want more energy, while others want to do what is necessary for their body to keep in good health.

And everyone wants to get there, as soon as possible.

And who can blame them? I also don’t like wasting time. I want to fulfill my desires as soon as I can. That’s human nature.

But here’s what we often get tripped over and end up delaying, or not even getting, what we want. A few weeks ago I heard a quote from Eban Pagan, a multimillionaire businessman, and he sums it up very well:

“Success is not obvious, and it’s counterintuitive”

Examples:

  • The guy who thinks that if he’s veeeery nice to the girl, then she will like him back. The truth is you cannot make her like you because you’re “nice”. You may make friends with her, but that’s not the way to making her feel attracted to you.
  • The woman who thinks that if she just works more, then she’ll get offered a promotion or a raise. The truth is that working harder might not even be necessary. She may need to pursue more challenging projects, speak up for her accomplishments, help other people in the company, or even, dare I say, actually ask for the raise!
  • The millions of people who start exercising every January, only to quit by February, March at the latest. They do the obvious thing to get healthier – they exercise. But they do it all wrong, and that’s why they give up. The result? Even if they do get results from their first one-two months of exercising, they’re due to lose everything they just got because they quit.

Now, how many times have seen this start-and-stop cycle? It doesn’t lead to success, and it requires a tremendous amount of effort. Let’s take the example of a friend of mine.Read More

Stop Comfort Eating. No Willpower Needed.

Wheeee! I’m so excited to have top food behaviorist Isabel Foxen Duke talk to the Fitness Reloaded about comfort eating. You know the one you do when you’re sad, stressed, or tired. The one you do when you’re not hungry – you eat just because it makes you feel better.

Obviously it’s hard to avoid getting sad, stressed, or tired, just so that you don’t succumb to comfort eating (duh!). It’s also hard to use willpower to stop yourself from doing it.

No matter how hard you try, screaming “stop eating”, it doesn’t really work. You already know this from experience.

So if willpower doesn’t help you stop comfort eating, then what can?

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