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F The Holidays

So yes, the holidays are coming up. Do. Not. Panic.

I always find it interesting that people feel they need to “prepare” themselves for the holidays and surrender themselves to inevitable weight gain. Why? What’s changed? We are faced with temptations every day – what makes one day of Thanksgiving and one day of Christmas (or, in some cases, 8 days of Chanukah) so different?

It’s all hype, people.

It is society creating a situation that only helps them later find perfect topics for main stream gossip magazines or the next “diet” craze. There’s a reason January finds a surge of New Year’s resolution gym memberships and new clients for Weight Watchers. We are supposed to gain weight. We are supposed to lose control. According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the holidays – the pounds just add up year after year making holiday weight gain a contribution to adult obesity.

Stop the madness.

Two months out of the year should not dictate a loss of control. I’m gonna re-tell a little secret I have revealed in the past: It’s a lifestyle, not a diet. It’s about making the right choices 80% of the time and indulging the other 20%. It’s about balance, self-control and discipline; wanting to feel good inside and out. It’s about portion control. It’s about choosing the foods that make you feel good, not the ones that make you irritable, exhausted and bloated.

So, you eat a bit more on the actual holiday. Eat less the next day and balance it out. Or exercise an extra day that week. The same you would do on any other regular day of the year. Eating should be an enjoyment in life – not something we forbid ourselves and then binge when we finally allow ourselves to eat. Binging is an unfulfilling cycle that will never end.

I have been the same size for nearly 10 years (minus 2 pregnancies with extremely large babies). And, there are days I have single-handedly done some damage on a ½ gallon of ice cream. The difference is it didn’t send me off on a binge. I had what I wanted and moved on. I realized I feel better when I am in control of what I eat and when I feed my body with good foods and nutrients. I feel lighter, happier and healthier.

It’s not rocket science. Enjoy the holidays and rock that crab dip. Then get back on track.

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Keepin’ It Light

As our name “Heels to Laces” suggests…a girl’s gotta put on her heels and have a little fun. With the holiday weekend fast approaching, we thought we would give you some great tasting,  “light” cocktail recipes for a little indulgence while keeping your calories in check.

If you have other suggestions, please comment at the end of this blog.

Cheers to all and a happy Memorial Day!Key-Lime-Margarita

8 oz. club soda
1 oz white rum
Fresh Mint
Fresh lime
2 tbsp. of sugar (half the normal serving) prepared as simple syrup
Total about 150 calories.

Strawberry variation of the mojito:
8 oz. club soda
1 oz. white rum
10 mint leaves
4 sliced strawberries
4 lime slices (1/2 of lime)
1 tsp. agave syrup
Combine all ingredients, serve over ice.
Only 95 calories!

Skinny Peach Margarita
1 oz. tequila
1/2 oz. of peach nectar
Few squeezes of fresh lime juice
Citrus zest for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and pour into martini glass then garnish with lime.
Approx. 95 calories.

Farmer’s Market Margarita
1 1/4 oz. Corzo Silver Tequila (or your favorite variety
2 sprigs cilantro
2 slices cucumber
2 slices jalapeno
1 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. distilled water
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 lime wheel, for garnish
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake. Serve over the rocks and garnish with lime wheel.
About 164 calories.

Peach Tea
1 ½ oz. Vodka
4 oz. Cold Peach White Tea
Combine ingredients and shake vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass.
About 150 calories.

Negroni Sbagliato
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Vermouth
1 oz. Prosecco
1 orange wedge, for garnish
Build first three ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange wedge.
Only 95 calories.

Vanilla Burst
1 oz. vanilla flavored vodka
6 oz. soda water
Pour over ice.
Approx. 100 calories.

Can do the same with tequila – add a little lime for the taste of the margarita without the sour mix.

Sour Apple Martini
2 ½ oz. sour mix
1 oz. Vodka
¾ oz. sour apple liquor
About 160 calories

Red or white, it is approximately 120 calories for a 5 oz. pour

Gin & Tonic
1 oz. Gin
3 oz. tonic
Squeeze of lime
Only about 103 calories. 

Skinny Bloody Mary
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 oz. V8 light
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Dash of salt and pepper
Celery stalk & lime for garnish
A few drops of hot sauce (optional).
Combine all ingredients and serve over ice.
Only 117 calories!

Lisa’s Fav
1 oz. Vodka
6 oz. club soda
Splash of cranberry
Pour all ingredients over ice.
About 120 calories.

My Personal Favorite
Riondo Prosecco – light and refreshing mix between a cold glass of white wine and champagne, without the dryness (I buy it by the case.  15% off at A&P Liquors in Summit. Tell them I sent you 😉 )
Approx. 100- 120 calories per glass

I have also enjoyed a Skinny Girl Margarita now and again… the Sweet and Tart Grapefruit is my preference.


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15 Tips For Acing a Holiday Party

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15 Tips For Acing a Holiday Party:

1. Get in a high intensity AM workout – a one-hour workout is only 4% of your day.

2. Cheat before you go…eat a healthy snack  (oatmeal, apple w/peanut butter, hummus & carrots) before a party or dinner so you don’t over-indulge once you arrive.

3. Put your heels on…the higher, the better the workout for your calves.


4. When the festivities begin, relax and enjoy the moment.

5. Bring it. Ask your hostess if you can bring a dish to the party. This guarantees one healthy option.

7. It’s ok to wine. Why we love it – it has less calories than most cocktails and red wine is loaded with antioxidants and resveratrol (good for your heart and brain).

6. Choose your signature drink wisely. If having a mixed drink, choose seltzer vs. tonic water/ juice and add a lemon or lime. You will cut your liquid calories in half (for a hint of sweetness, add a splash of cranberry juice).

8. Drink 10 oz. of water after every cocktail. Water will fill you up (and cut down on the hang-over).

9. When perusing the hors d’oeuvre table, choose protein over carbs. Be mindful, most dips are hidden calories traps (yes, we are talking about the artichoke dip!).

10. If sitting down for dinner, load the plate with veggies and eat them first (maybe skip the marshmallow coated sweet potatoes 😉 )

11. If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal consumption to gain one pound. It is impossible to gain weight from one piece of pie!

12. Eat your favorite foods…don’t deprive yourself of the things you love…just keep it in moderation (and save some for others).

13.  Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.

14. Find that balance. Stay on track the days before and after a party.

15. Wake up the next day, put on your laces and sweat.


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