Keeping it Real During the Holidays : Nutritiongal Volume 9

Happy Holidays Everyone and welcome to Nutritiongal’s Holiday Survival Newsletter, Volume 9.   The cycle of cocktail parties, treats and holiday shopping has been ongoing for quite some time and I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted! What are you doing to keep yourself from falling down the rabbit hole of holiday stress, illness and that extra 5 pounds that creeps up by Jan 1st?  Do you really want your New Years resolution to revolve around guilt-ridden workouts and a tasteless, fat-free life?  If not then read on to Nutritiongal’s 6 steps to weathering the holiday cycle in tact.

1.) Evening Cocktail Party?  No problem!  Eat a protein, veggie and whole grain packed meal, such as a turkey and swiss on whole wheat sandwich with greens or some hummus, pita and veggies before going.  That way you won’t be tempted to make fried clams and pigs in a blanket your main meal.

2.) Drink invitation every night of the week?  Worried about having a hangover even before New Years?  No problem!  Sip water in between drinks to slow down the effects of alcohol.  Drinking water or club soda in between drinks also lessens your chance of getting a hangover the next day. Did you know that the symptoms of getting a hangover are the same as when you are dying of dehydration?  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! – Hey if you don’t want to drink you can always order a virgin bloody mary or club soda and cranberry. They are absolutely delicious and bartenders tend to do a good job of making them.

3.) Sick and tired of being sick and tired?  Take a holiday disco nap.  Getting just 20 min of shut-eye can rejuvenate you better than longer naps, which tend to disrupt the natural sleep cycle when it’s time to go to bed.

4.) Ready to punch that annoying holiday shopper that just grabbed the last Nintendo Playstation?  Take 10 deep breaths.  Going to jail for assaulting a fellow shopper is much more expensive than an IOU gift or an envelope full of money so your kiddie/friend/boyfriend can buy their own.

5.) Got no time to work-out/exercise?  No problem!  Just go shopping!  Walking at a moderately brisk pace burns approximately 230-300 calories per hour.  You can get your shopping done and stay fit at the same time!!  Got all your Christmas shopping done?  No problem!  How about cleaning to get ready for that holiday party?  You will burn from 140-200 calories per hour!

6.) Want to eat every Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza cookie in sight?  Rather than turn dessert into the enemy, treat yourself with one or two cookies whenever you want them.  Studies show that people who treat themselves every now and again are less apt to binge later and more likely to maintain their weight.  Life is too short to forgo sweets. Got lots of leftover cookies/desserts?  Take them to work to share with your fellow coworkers if you are tired of looking at them.

That’s all for now folks!

Eat drink and be merry!


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The Stinky Truth About Deodorant and Antiperspirant: Nutritiongal Volume 8

Hello Everyone!

Welcome once again to Nutritiongal’s bimonthly newsletter.  I hope you brought clothespins for this one because I have some stinky business to discuss…
Like the next person I am a strong believer in smelling fresh but when I look at the chemicals and toxins we are applying directly to our underarms every day I can no longer remain silent.  Did you know that our underarms are the main site for most of our lymph nodes?  Our skin has the incredible ability to sweat and eliminate toxins – especially from our underarms.  Like the next person I don’t think sweating is too sexy but we all do it.
Aluminum is the main ingredient in most antiperspirants that reduces the bacteria that causes odor in that wonderfully and sometimes hairy, pitted area (not referring to my pits of course he he!).  It has been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, as well as certain cancers.  When I think about it, it seems almost counter intuitive to be plugging our own natural defense systems with metals that have been known to be toxic to the human body.  The skin is the largest organ in the body.  Why would we bombard it with metal?
Before you throw your deodorant out the window for good and become a smelly nuisance to society consider some tried and tested alternatives.  You don’t have to lose friends to be healthy.  When there’s a will, there’s a way!  Sorry Pepe!
Crystal Deodorant, which is comprised of salt,  is an excellent alternative to the aluminum laden stuff. I use it and no one has complained of a stench as of yet. I haven’t lost any friends lately so either they are just being nice or the stuff works! It’s been about two years since I stopped using the aluminum stuff and the skin under my arms is a lot less irritated and it does not stain clothing.
For some people, they find crystal deodorant can feel rough on their underarms.  There are plenty of other options, however. Check out one woman’s quest for the perfect aluminum free deodorant below. She had a few bumps on the road but is now smooth sailing in a wonderful, aluminum and odor free life. You too can have this.  If you don’t have time to read the entire article you can skip to the last page where she lists the pros and cons to different natural deodorants. She has tried them all – Brave soul!
Take the sniff test on the wonderful alternatives today and tell me what you think. Remember to check before leaving the house to prevent a botched job interview or a bad date.

By the way you fresh-smelling Smarties, The Nutritiongal is moving to Australia this coming week.  Stay tuned for more nutrition/lifestyle newsletters from a perspective on the other side of the world!


The Nutritiongal
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