Construction zones everywhere. Traffic is at a standstill. Honk. Honk. Honk. People in cars beside you clearly yelling and finger pointing (we won't say which one) at the person in front of them. Did that guy just run a red light?! You finally reach your destination and while you look for parking, a car starts honking again and zooms right around you yelling "F*cking idiot (this actually happened). Oh yes, that parking thing. Hello skyline and top of the parking garage. What a great view!
While you're there take a moment and breath. Enjoy the cityscape. You're parked now, so might as well stop rushing for a few moments. After all, the art isn't going anywhere.
We can all get a little edgy with horrible traffic. You find yourself stressed because you're late. To everything. So try these tips for de-stressing during Art Basel.
1. Stuck in traffic, don't sweat it, put on some calming or favorite music and jam out. And take 5 deep breaths. You'll be surprised how nice that feels. And don't even think about using that horn. I repeat, don't even think about using that horn.
2. Take the shuttle. At least you can play on your phone while someone else drives. Or read a book. How novel!
3. Attend the YogArt at the Wynwood walls. It will do your body good. Click here for more information.
4. Pound the pavement. Walk to your events. Enjoy the fresh air and people watching.
5. Squeeze in a quick high-intensity workout before your events to fill your body with endorphins. And then go look at art (or party, as most people are doing).
Stay calm and enjoy the festivities and celebrity sightings.
Surviving the holidays seems like a daunting task when we’re surrounded by culinary temptations at every corner. The holiday season has become an all-we-can-eat tour spanning two months where the rules of clean consumption and exercise don’t apply. Surviving the holidays means maintaining our weight by the skin-of-our-teeth which is the equivalent of a Mission Impossible when we’re constantly offered pies and baked goods and the ‘festive’ thing to do is to say yes to it all. Do you really want to be Scrooge and turn down that homemade Sugar Cookie?!
It’s so common for people to pack about ten pounds between mid November and early January that gym memberships skyrocket across the country on January 2nd. Don't be that person!
Let’s consider the holiday season an obstacle course designed to throw us off our game. But just because it’s daunting and hard it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. So I hope some of these tips may be of help to gett us through this season, a little more guilt-free and a lot merrier.
Top 10 tips for preventing holiday weight gain:
1. Don’t starve and ‘save’ yourself for that big occasion. Eat four to six small meals. If you sit down for that ‘special’ meal feeling starved, there is a high probability you’ll binge eat.
2. Plan, plan and plan. Stick to your workout routine by adding it to your calendar. Prioritize yourself and your workouts just as much as the holiday parties.
3. SLOW DOWN. It takes twenty minutes for our brain to signal that we’re actually full, so take a moment to enjoy what you’re eating before you reach for that second slice of pie or second serving of stuffing.
4. Bring a healthy dish to the party: a colorful fruit platter with a nonfat yogurt dip, a vegetable tray with hummus, or baked tortilla chips with chunky salsa and/or fat-free refried bean dip.
5. Beware of liquid calories especially alcohol. 12oz. of beer = 160 calories. 4oz. of wine = 85 calories and 4oz. of margarita = 270 calories. Yikes! (I can feel your sadness.) Consume mindfully. And drink a club soda with lemon in between those drinks.
6. Move away from the buffet! Don’t hang out at the appetizer table while socializing. The calories consumed before the ‘meal’ count too.
7. Be assertive. Just because someone offers you something to eat or drink it doesn’t mean you have to take it. If you’re not hungry, simply say no. Be Scrooge. Your ass will thank you for it!
8. And remember a pound is 3500 calories. If you add 10 pounds, that’s 35,000 extra calories to torch. It's going to take you a while to burn that off. And that's no fun.
9. Enjoy your company more than the food. Engage, laugh and be merry.
10. REPEAT. SLOW DOWN. Eat your favorite foods slowly and enjoy them. Skip the other food you really don't long for. And chew your food more than 3 times. It helps with digestion and slows you down.
In the end, don't sweat it too much, do what you can and be in the moment. Life is too short to always be worrying about gaining a few pounds. Happy holidays!!!