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10 Thoughts for Today

1. Warm your soul – Savor a hot drink.  2. Be aware of the difference between anticipating and living. Joy is rooted in the present.  3. Let go of perfection – the most delicious moments are often the messiest.  4. Living better doesn’t always mean trying harder.  Ease up!  5. Avoid getting trapped in someone else’s story.  Be the author of your own life.  6. Forgiveness isn’t about them, it’s about you.  7. Make something, ANYTHING, from scratch!  8. You can remember good times without losing yourself in nostalgia.  9. The best gifts let someone know how much you love, not how much you spent.  10. Rest is not a luxury, it is a necessity!

Whole Living Magazine, December 2011

Breathe Easy

We’ve all been told to “take a deep breath.”  Andrew Weil, MD, recommends we take that one step further with this exercise: “4-7-8 breath.”  “Doing this daily will induce a feeling of serenity,” says Dr. Weil.  “Over time, it’ll give you greater emotional resilience – especially in hard moments.”

1. Rest the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, behind your top teeth.

2. Exhale completely through your mouth, with your lips slightly pursed, to make a whoosh sound.

3. Close your mouth and inhale deeply and slowly through your nose to a silent count of 4.

4. Keep your mouth closed and gently retain your breath for a silent count of 7.

5. Exhale slowly through your open mouth for a count of 8, making the same whoosh sound.

6. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 for a total of four breaths.  Perform this twice daily for optimal results.

Prevention Magazine, December 2011

Indulge Without Bulge

Crème brulee low calorie recipe.  Boil 5 tablespoons 2% milk and ½ teaspoon vanilla in a saucepan.  Mix 3 tablespoons egg substitute and 1 tablespoon sugar; slowly stir into milk.  Pour into a ramekin.  Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.  Top with ½ cup raspberries.  ONLY 147 CALORIES!

Sip This: 3 Reasons Why Lemon Water Rocks

Lemon and water are a match made in heaven.  Lemons are packed with natural vitamins and minerals that are key to your inner and outer beauty regime as well as your general health.

Here are three reasons why you should pair hot water with lemons ladies:

  1. It’s a natural energizer! It hydrates and oxygenates the body so it feels revitalized and refreshed.
  2. It’s cleansing. According to NaturalNews.com, the citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.
  3. It aids in digestion. Not only will this killer combination relive indigestion, it will also help flush you out.

Do you drink lemon water?

Handy Trick

Want to break a snacking habit?  Eating with your non-dominant hand could help, reports Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  “It makes you pay attention to what you’re doing,” says study coauthor Wendy Wood, Ph.D.  “That gives you a window to decide whether you really want to eat or not.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Health Magazine, January 2012

Happy New Year from Be Fit

Be Fit would like to wish everyone a safe, happy, and HEALTHY New Year!  We will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2012 and reopen Tuesday, January 3, 2012.  Be sure to call and register for our group fitness classes, one on one personal Pilates lessons, or your physical therapy evaluation!

Happy New Year 2012!