Category Archives: Health
Posted by elizabeth waldmann on July 6th, 2016
Wedding season is here! If you are a bride (or anyone with a pulse) and reading this, you should definitely do yourself a favor and book an appointment for some pampering at Refresh Spa. Johnna and I recently had the opportunity to experience what everyone is talking about. Refresh Spa is located in Grand Timber Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado. When you arrive, you immediately feel calm. After changing in the locker room you are welcomed into the tranquil lounge where you relax, choose your favorite scent and your await your treatment. We experienced the facial, a massage and a pedicure. The facial and the massage were both out of this world. The therapists listened to exactly what was going on and the treatments focused on those areas of need. After the two treatments, we moved onto the nail salon. This area lends itself more to a social vibe where you can drink champagne, hang out with your bridesmaids, snack on food and oh ya, get your nails done. Johnna and I had a such a great experience. Thank you Refresh Spa, we will be back!
Contact them today to book your appointment!
Grand Timber Lodge
75 Snowflake Drive
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Posted by elizabeth waldmann on December 10th, 2013
With the holiday season approaching, many of us find ourselves surrounded by festive food and the subsequent concern of weight gain. Studies have shown that the typical American may gain two to seven pounds over the six-week holiday season.
We may also find it harder to maintain our exercise program with all the holiday parties, shopping and travel. In addition, many people have much more stress during the holiday period, which can result in overeating as a “feel good” response.
The best way to avoid gaining weight over the holidays is to eat in moderation, keep a consistent exercise program and try my 10 tips to avoid holiday weight gain.
1. Stick to a regular routine with sleep and exercise. Many times feeling tired or stressed is mistaken for hunger.
2. Watch your alcohol intake. Alcoholic beverages contain “empty calories,” offering little to no nutritional value and contributing to excess weight gain. Try having a seltzer with a lime twist or a glass of water between alcoholic drinks to help cut calories and remain well hydrated.
3. Eat a small, healthy meal before party time. It’s a common misconception that you will lose weight by skipping meals. The truth is your metabolism slows down causing you to store body fat if calories are too limited for too long. Another negative result is that you are more likely to binge later at night resulting in greater weight gains.
4. Don’t stand by the food at the party. You will be less likely to partake in unconscious snacking all night if you instead move, mingle and socialize with friends.
5. If you’re hungry at the party, reach for the vegetables (without the dip), fruit or rye crackers. If you do host a party have plenty of water and low-calorie snacks available.
6. Eat slowly. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to register a “full” sensation and signal the brain that it’s had enough. Slow down and listen to your body.
7. Set goals and keep a food diary. Plan your weekly food intake and calorie count to include those treats or Christmas cookies in your diet — in moderation, of course. Don’t totally avoid sweets and holiday food; just plan for it and eat more fruit and vegetables during the week to allow for this. With this plan you can also avoid the guilty feeling afterward that can add to your stress level.
8. Eat protein. Quality protein includes lean meats, seafood, chicken, turkey, eggs, yogurt and low-fat cheeses. Protein will help you feel full and control your appetite.
9. Try to stay consistent with your workout routine. Don’t fall prey to the excuse that you’ll get back on track after New Years Day or when the weather warms up again. You may need to modify your program for the busy holidays. Do what you can, but keep it up, trying new fitness activities and cross training to keep things fresh and fun. Seek out a professional to help you with your program if you need motivation.
10. Always remain positive. If you do have a “bad” day, don’t worry or stress about it. Just get back on track the next day.
Maybe this can be the year your New Year’s resolution doesn’t include dropping those extra holiday pounds.
Posted by elizabeth waldmann on July 29th, 2013
We here at Distinctive Mountain Events have a passion for…deviled eggs. I know, you thought we would say something like decorations or a great light setup. Yes, those things are amazing but what really gets us is a great deviled egg. We found this healthy spin on one of our favorite workout websites BodyRock and it is awesome! The step by step directions are below so try it out and let us know what you think, Cheers!
6 hard boiled eggs, 6 teaspoons of plain yogurt, 2 teaspoons of dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons of finely chopped onion, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of paprika, chilli powder.
Take the eggs out of their shells and cut them in half.
By the way, eggs play an important role in well balanced healthy diet for numerous health benefits. The egg whites are also an amazing source of protein and one egg contains only 70 calories.
Take the yolks out and put them into a bowl.
Remember that most of the key nutrients including half of the eggs protein are found in egg yolk so if you don’t eat the egg yolks you are basically missing out on many of the egg’s nutritional benefits.
Crumble the yolks with a fork.
Add the yogurt and mustard to the yolk.
Notice that there is no mayo in this recipe. I am using plain yogurt instead.
Add the onion as well and move it around a little to mix the ingredients.
Did you know that onions can improve your lung function and therefore they are great for astmatics? Onions in your diet will also protect you from certain infections,cancers, and cardiovascular disease.
Squeeze about 2 tablespoons of honey out of the honey bear right over the mixture.
Yum, I love honey! It’s an energy booster because it’s a natural sources of carbs and it’s known for preventing fatigue during exercise. Everyone should include honey into their diet to support their wedding planning 😉
Add the paprika and move the egg yolks carefully around.
Paprika is also a part of overall healthy diet because it’s high in vitamin C and may help in digestion, improve blood circulation, and regulate blood pressure.
Sprinkle some chilli powder over the top – it’s up to you how spicy you wanted to be. Chilli has all kinds of health benefits and may help you to boost your immunity and improve your cardiovascular system. Eating chilli can be also beneficial in weight loss because the heat you feel after eating chilli takes energy and calories.
Take a teaspoon and fill the hard boiled egg whites with the mixture. Sprinkle the top of each egg with paprika, serve and enjoy!