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5 tips to keep your energy high and your shape slim all year long


January is almost over and for so many people new year's resolutions have come and gone! Whether you resolved to lose those five pounds or visit the gym 3x a week, life gets in the way and people get distracted. Take the time to ask yourself how you can benefit your health, happiness and allow your clothes to fit more freely this year. These 5 suggestions are easy to remember and take very little time to reach the lifestyle you desire!

1. Good old fashion portion control. It's easier than you think! No need to start weighing and measuring, just eat from a smaller plate (approximately nine inches) and fill half that plate with vegetables.

2. Get moving! Walk, jog, dance or put in one of those old exercise dvd's that have been sitting on your shelf. Just engage in some form of physical activity that is enjoyable to you. 

3. Take a mental vacation. Incorporate some relaxation time into your daily schedule. Sit in meditation, yoga for the mind and body, use visualization or deep breathing exercises. Whatever it takes to make you relax.

4. Decrease your sugar intake. Sugar can be addicting, adds unwanted calories, increases your risk for inflammation as well as increasing your risk of disease. Read food labels and if you see a product containing 20 grams of sugar put it back on the shelf.

5. Drink one health drink or nutri-drink per day. Drinking one health drink per day will give your body a daily dose of vitamins and minerals and boost your energy!

Try my energy boosting health shake:

1 cup fresh kale or spinach
2 carrots
1 apple quartered
1/2 cup of water

Place ingredients in a juicer or high powered blender such as a Vitamix and blend on high speed for 30 to 40 seconds. If using a juicer omit the water. This refreshing health shake provides Vitamins K, C, A (beta carotene) and plenty of fiber. Enjoy the energy surge!!

Angela Schiz

Angela Schiz
Angela is a registered Nutritionist with the American Dietetic Association, and has been in the field of Dietetics and Food Service for the past 20 years. She holds degrees in Dietetic Technology, Food Service Administration, Holistic Nutrition and holds a certification in Adult/Adolescent Weight Management. She also won the State University of New York Foods and Nutrition Award.

Peak Physique, Inc.
50 Holly Hill Lane, Greenwich

Photo by: Melani Lust

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