May 14 2010

Lean Summer Countdown!

7 Weeks to Summer-


Over the next seven weeks Christine Avanti, celebrity nutritionist, chef and author of Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salads will be giving you slim down tips as we count down to an ULTRA LEAN SUMMER.

FAMILY DINNERS CAN HELP YOU SLIM DOWN! According to research, eating dinner as a family on a regular basis has some substantial health benefits. While dining together family bonds become stronger, children are more secure and confident, family members eat more nutrition packed meals, and everyone is less likely to be overweight. Given these positive benefits, I must encourage everyone reading this blog to PLEASE make an effort to cook and dine together as a family as often as possible. For the last 30 years, we've stopped having family dinners and we've eaten many of our meals on the road or from take out. And look what has happened to our country - we've got an obesity epidemic. A recent study showed that families that didn't sit for dinner together were at much higher risk for obesity. The time is now to get back to the family dinner. The number one complaint I hear from clients is that they are too busy to have dinner as a family. My response: PLANNING AND TEAMWORK!

1) Grocery shop for your favorite healthy staples at least once a week. (see shopping list on last week’s blog post).

2) Enlist the entire family to help in the meal and kitchen preparation. Prepping the food, setting the table, washing the cooking utensils as you are preparing the meal. Become a delegator; maybe your son or daughter can’t chop vegetables but they can help you by washing the veggies before you chop them.

3) Prepare quick and simple meals by grilling or using frozen seafood such as frozen shrimp (takes only 2 minutes to defrost).

4) Say grace before you eat. This will help slow you down and put everything into perspective. Prayer before meal time helps us to shift the focus from feeling rushed to feeling grateful, peaceful and self controlled.

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5/11/2010 9:26:40 AM
Joel United States
Thanks for all the help guys! really makes me start to think about diffrent ideas and stuff i can do to get it to the place i want to be physically.
5/11/2010 9:30:38 AM
Brenda United States
Three years ago, my husband and I had a child with a congenital heart defect, he had to have open heart surgery at 5 months old. By God's grace he is an amazing, energetic little boy today. But for the last few years, I have given my all to first helping him survive, then helping my family find balance. However, this January, I took a long look in the mirror and realized I had lost my balance. My heart's desire is to do all to glorify God, and I realized I wasn't doing it with my body. I joined the local gym and have begun eating healthier. It isn't easy, and I make a lot of mistakes. But I know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank you for taking so much time focusing on this area that we all tend to neglect at one point or another. God Bless.
5/11/2010 2:52:06 PM
Nate United States
Nearly three years ago, when I was 16 years old, I realized that I was becoming overweight. I weighed 186 lbs. I convinced myself that I needed to make a change. I started working out and watching what I ate, and a year later I had lost 43 lbs! Now I am still exercising often and am working on starting a running club with my church!
5/12/2010 11:14:09 AM
Rebekah United States
I can't wait for summer!
My school ends May 24th and the weather is still very yucky over here in Chicago, Illinois!  I hope things brighten up!  I hope everyone here at KLOVE has a fabulous Summer spending time with family and God!  
Love you guys!
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