“It’s hard enough to exercise the rest of the year, but add holidays to the mix and many of us find exercise becomes less of a priority as to-do lists grow longer and longer. The last thing you want is more stress and, for many of us, trying to keep to our usual workout program does just that. At the same time, staying active in some way will give you energy, reduce stress and tension and, of course, help mitigate some of the extra calories you may be eating. So, how do you find that balance? These quick tips will help you plan ahead, prepare yourself for any eventuality and provide workouts to help you stay active this holiday season.”
-By Paige Waehener
Earlier this month, Dr. Woodbury was given an award for “Article of the Year” by the Sonoma County Medical Association. His article, “Emerging Concepts of Obesity” was published in the spring 2014 issue of Sonoma Medicine and was voted for by a panel of his peers in the medical community. We are proud to have Dr. Woodbury as our Medical Director here at Heatlhy Steps and to help him care for his bariatric, cancer and general surgery patients here in Sonoma County. You can read the article here and also see his presentation on the topic at the NCMA symposium here:
According to BBC Health News, a “Mediterranean diet keeps people ‘genetically young’”. Dr. Robert Woodbury and his staff at the Healthy Steps Lifestyle Center have been teaching this for over 5 years and seen it first hand. Here at Healthy Steps, we have had successful and healthy weight loss with hundreds of patients and we credit it all to a Mediterranean diet and exercise. Read the article HERE for the recipe to a genetically younger yet long life.
Thanks to Healthy Steps’ nutritionist Lindsay Pasdera, we have another simple, delicious, warm, low-calorie recipe to help you make up for any holiday splurges. This recipe fits the bill…and the crock pot practically makes it for you! As is, it’s low-carb, low-calorie and packed with protein and vegetables to fill you up.
Healthy Steps’ Nutritionist Lindsay says: “Research indicates that the average American gains 2-3 pounds each year, and that the obesity epidemic is built on these tiny, consistent increases. (For example, if we are a healthy weight at age 20, by age 40 most of us will be 20-40lbs overweight). The other thing research tells us is that most of us are actually pretty good at maintaining the same weight for most of the year, right up until the period between Thanksgiving and New Years (when we gain, on average, 2-3 pounds). It turns out, our national weight problem is in large part a result of holiday weight gain, pounds that are never successfully lost. Essentially, if we don’t manage our weight during the holiday season, we’re not truly managing our weight at all. So let’s make this Holiday Season different!”