New Year, New View

We are drawing upon the drop of the ball.  A time where we say goodbye to what this year has held for us and look on to what 2013 may hold for our future.  It’s a bright outlook where anything is possible.  What’s on your list?  I think my resolution this year will be around finding peace with myself.  If you’re like me your ever-busy, like to go nonstop, and never take a second to catch your breathe or admire the view.  My goal is to slow-down and invest more in those things in my life that bring me joy.

I found some pretty interesting stats from a site called Statistic Brain (www.statisticbrain.com) that I thought were worth sharing.  Did you know that over 45% of Americans will set New Year’s resolutions this year?  Furthermore a good 38% will be regarding weight and 34% regarding money?  I also discovered about 45% of new years resolutions are still alive and kicking after 6 months.  This means it’s totally possible to set a goal and keep it if you want it badly enough.  So what advice can I give you in terms of picking the right goal?  Here’s a few suggestions I came across in an article from a blog called Goal Setting guides (http://www.goal-setting-guide.com/statistics-facts-setting-years-resolutions) if you need a little help:

1. Make it specific – this gives you less opportunity to find wiggle room to wiggle out of it.

2. Make it realistic – winning the lotto, losing 40 pounds, or paying off your mortgage might be a little over ambitious… after all the last thing you want is to set yourself up for something you know is not going to happen.

3. Make it known – write it in a journal, tell family and friends.  What better than a support group that way it’s even more motivation to complete as you know your Aunt Kathy come Thanksgiving will wonder how your kickboxing classes or gluten-free blog is going.

4. Make it measurable by time – Now an exact date or hour can be anxiety producing but setting something like a in 3 weeks goal or an approximate date will give you something to work towards without causing panic.

5. Make it fun and rewarding- There is nothing more demotivating than a goal that’s a burdon.  Who wants to work toward achieving a goal if it’s viewed negatively?  Choose your resolution wisely and you’ll set yourself up for success.

I wish you the best of luck.  Here’s to you, your health, your goals, and a wonderful 2013!  Cheers!

 

5 Essential Holiday Survival Tips

Holiday season is in full swing and before we bat an eye it will be gone until next year.  While we are in a crazed eyes-wide state of awe let’s try and remember who we are, who we are not, what the true meaning of Christmas/holidays are. Now you can’t do this along and to help you with your journey here are some helpful tips for your body and mind to take with you this Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year.

1. Keep Christmas in your heart – Remember what the season is about and is not about.  So you don’t have a massive budget to buy everyone on your list, or you can’t buy your child that ultimate Atari remake they saw on a Bed, Bath & Beyond commercial take a deep breath it will be ok.  Just seeing your warm face and spending time with family and friends is worth its weight in gold.  Go outside sledding if you’re fortunate enough to have snow now and bring a thermos of hot cocoa to share.  Or go for a drive at night with the family and look at the gorgeous Christmas lights.  Afterall that’s reason you spent 5 hours on your day off putting them up right, so people could gawk at them?  If you really must feel you need to accommodate everyone with something tangible – bake some sugar cookies or gingerbread men and share them with family members.  It really is the thought that counts and what kid young or old doesn’t like cookies!

2. Stay away from eggnog!  With 400 calories plus per glass, the only exception to this rule is if you are training to be a sumo wrestler and need to pack on extra pounds quick, you starved yourself all day just for this meal of a glass or it was made with Hungry Girl‘s fantastic light egg nog recipe: http://bit.ly/ROCmpx

3. Fit in a workout – Try to sneak even a 15 minute workout somewhere on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or both.  You’ll be happy you did.  Remember you can count things like shoveling, baking or cleaning house too they all torch massive calories and needed to get done anyways! 😉

4. Take a time out – For sanity sake, give yourself a time out once per holiday day even if it’s 5 minutes.  Emotions run high during the holidays and the extra noise and clutter from full houses can really take a toll on your tolerance levels.  A scheduled time out is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and allow you to make the most out of family time.

The tips above aren’t no brainers but they are things we often know but forget.  Enjoy the holidays they go by too quickly.   I wish you a happy, healthy holiday season and safe new year.

Happy holidays from HoneyCrunched!

 

Is That Really Tuna? A Serious Case Of Mislabeled Fish.

Fresh Fish

Fresh Fish (Photo credit: Let Ideas Compete)

Do you know when you’re cooking that tilapia or fresh salmon from the grocery store if it’s really “wild arctic salmon” or “the Mercedes of tilapia” that you requested?  Sure you went to the fish counter, told them what you wanted, and they in turn handed you a nicely folded and labeled package.  Done deal, right?  Yes you’re saying and so was I until I came across an article in Shape magazine that was really quite daunting to tell you the truth, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

It “appears” that a decent percent of fish being sold often times get mislabeled and not in the store itself necessarily but from the manufacturers.  In fact, Shape Magazine shares the details on the group Oceana  that put this statement to the test.  They tested 150 different samples of fish to which they discovered 39 of the samples were mislabeled!   What does that mean?  Well, according to the Oceana case most of the time the mislabeled kinds were cheaper fish being substituted for the more expensive kinds…. what a jip!  Moreover in many of the white types of fish cod, tilapia. etc they found it wasn’t even fish…get ready… it was Escolar are a type of snake mackerel!  YUCK!

This finding isn’t even so much based off consumers getting jipped from hard-earned money, it’s for sanitary reasons too.  Every type of fish has a certain length it stays fresh for.  Not all brands are the same.  So if you have Grouper mislabeled as Trout or Tilapia you could be buying old fish!  Or what if you’re pregnant and can’t consume high levels of mercury?  You go into the store to buy an innocent low mercury fish and end up with a mislabeled high mercury version.  Yes, exactly what you’re thinking…NOT GOOD.

So what can we do?  Obviously a healthy answer would not be boycotting fish…  The best solution to being certain you are getting what you ordered would be to find a handler you know and trust with your fish.  Whether that means buying locally or just developing a close relationship with the man or woman behind the counter to get the inside scoop.  It’s not 100% of a solution but at least now you know and can consider your option before purchasing the “gold” selection of fish and getting eel instead.

So now how do you feel?  Do you think this is a norm we should accept?  What do you suggest we do to rectify this?

Below is the full Shape article for those that would like to read a few additional findings they discovered:

http://shpe.co/UCrOFB

Hunger and Food Memory – Are They Related?

Thanks to a friend I stumbled upon a recent food memory article published on NPR’s blog called “The Salt”.   Reading the article further affirmed my believe in people having a food memory hours after they’ve eaten.  Let me explain:  in the article a group of testers were separated into two groups.  Each group was shown an image of a bowl or cup of tomato soup.  Later they were sent to a cubicle where they were then given either the bowl or cup of soup to consume (the difference being 200 ml).  They were told to eat until a special marked line in the soup so neither group really knew how much they consumed.  Initially the group that ate more was fuller.  However a few hours later when both groups should have been hungry it was the group that saw a picture of the larger bowl of soup that felt fuller. Thus memory of how large food dishes are can retain in our minds to further help us out later.

What’s useful about the potential to use this information to help control the # of calories eaten in a day.  What do you think?  Do you believe in food memory? Test it out next time lunchtime comes around.  See if you can trick your mind..

Here’s the full article:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/12/06/166593912/hours-after-a-meal-its-the-memory-that-matters?utm_source=NPR&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20121206

 

Healthy Holidays – Pinterest Ideas

  Throwing a holiday party this year?  Attending one but not sure what to bring to?  Check out my holiday pinterest board keeping HoneyCrunched code of ethics in mind (hearty stomachs, small waists!).  Hopefully you can find a great idea to bring to your next holiday party:  

https://pinterest.com/kimber827/honeycrunched-holiday-treats/ 

christmas cookies

Salads: Hidden Calorie Bombs

Think that salad your about to eat is healthy?  Ah, ah, ah… not so fast.  That fresh looking delectable salad could be what’s causing your growing waistline!  But you say, “What?  How on earth could a salad be unhealthy?  I always thought that was the best item on the menu.”

It’s not the salad and fresh veggies that makes it a calorie bomb it’s all the extras plopped on top.  I’m talking croutons, wonton strips, nuts (too many that is), cranberries, cheese, and the worst offender of them all the dressing!  These ingredients are what take an innocent 150 calorie salad to a whopping 1,000 calories.

So how can you tell these sneaky suspects from the rest?  What’s a fool-proof plan for avoiding these restaurant pitfalls?  The answer is toppings in moderation.

Here are 6 easy steps to remember next time you order a salad when you’re out:

1. Always order dressing on the side.  Dressings can have upwards of 200-300 calories per 2 tbsp’s!  A great rule of thumb is to use only half of what they give you.

2. Ask for no crunchies or if you must on the side (wonton strips, croutons, nuts, etc.)

3. Skip the cheese if you can

4.  Order the small version or plan on taking some home (if you skipped putting dressing on it initially you can put half away right away without dressing warping it).

5. Watch the protein serving size. Crumbled bacon especially is deceiving.  Do you know how many strips they crumbled on your salad?  How big is that steak diced into pieces?  Safe bet is to take half home so you’re not tempted to indulge in meat overload.

Here’s an excellent Men’s Health article on “Eat This Not That” salad offenders:

http://tinyurl.com/cgop3dw