Tag Archives: tips

Helpful Thoughts on What to Read

I recently started a twice monthly book club at my house. It has been SO much fun! The goal is to create a casual space for women to share what they’ve been reading, get book suggestions, hear reviews (or cautions) from other ladies, and encourage one another to read more. And it’s a good excuse for coffee and fellowship…as well as a chance to invite neighbors and community friends in!

The Gospel Coalition recently published a short interview of Noël Piper, Gloria Furman and Kathleen Nielson discussing the topic of reading. These are some of my favorite authors, so I love hearing their perspective! And I thought you’d enjoy it too!

Help! My Friend Is Reading a Dangerous Book from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Biggest Loser 2011 Thanksgiving Dinner

Tuesday night’s Biggest Loser featured a Thanksgiving meal for the participants. It looked really yummy! For these recipes go to The Biggest Loser page on NBC.com:

Other Recipes on NBC.com not shown on last night’s episode:

Thanksgiving Tips:

Remember, just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you need to make TONS of food! Just make a delicious, healthful spread and focus on the meaning behind the holiday: Giving Thanks!

I would recommend eating a healthful breakfast – something like steel cut oats with chopped apples and walnuts and a glass of milk. This will get your metabolism going for the day.

If your celebration dinner is at lunch time, try to limit your calories to 650-800 calories. If possible, space it out into two 300-400 calorie mini-meals. If you’re not in charge of the menu, offer to bring a couple of side dishes that will help you avoid the fat-laden foods. Don’t feel like you have to taste everything on the buffet! Eat a balanced, nutritious meal and really enjoy it!

If you’re waiting till late afternoon or evening to eat your main meal for the day, enjoy a light snack (like the Spinach Salad with Pears and Pomegranate with the Roasted Carrots and Parsnips or Beet Chips listed above), then keep your main meal restricted to 650-700 calories.

Also, you will boost your metabolism significantly if you go for a 20-40 minute brisk walk after dinner. So, grab the family and walk around the neighborhood or go outside and start a game of tag football or soccer. Nothing like family competition to keep the energy up!

Don’t forget to watch The Biggest Loser’s Thanksgiving Special Episode on Wednesday night at 9PM EST (8PM CST) on NBC.

For the 2010 menu, check out last year’s blog post.

Review: The Biggest Loser Couples Weight Loss Planner by Prevention Guide

Prevention Guide: The Biggest Loser Couples Weight Loss Planner

This magazine is a great little quick guide. It will be on displays until May 18, 2010, so pick one up the next time you’re in the grocery checkout aisle.

Now, I don’t believe you need to buy everything you can that says “The Biggest Loser” on it just because it’s from the show. After all, they have professional marketers on their side. But, they do have some great tips to help you on your way. I especially liked this issue because it gives you snack ideas, a risk quiz to test your health, and some recipes that sound delicious!

But my favorite part about this issue is that it has a pictoral guide to a “Beginner Circuit Routine.” If you’re not familiar with the term “circuit,” it just means you’re doing multiple exercises in a short amount of time. Often, they’re set up in a circle around a gym. I went to a circuit training class a couple times and the one I went to did 10 exercises for 3 minutes each, alternating between cardio and strength training. The one in this magazine gives you 3 upper body exercises, 3 core exercises, and 3 lower body exercises.

Then it gives you a pictoral guide to the “Advanced Circuit Routine,” again 3 upper body exercises, 3 core exercises, and 3 lower body exercises. It also provides a pictoral “Stretch Routine” with 12 great stretches.

It ends with some simple, delicious looking meals, and a top 10 foods to buy at the grocery store:

  1. chard
  2. eggplant
  3. mushrooms
  4. steel-cut oats
  5. edamame
  6. fat-free greek yogurt
  7. pork tenderloin
  8. polenta
  9. avocado
  10. almonds

Check out this issue today. Well worth the $4!