Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Sculpt While You Sit

While you’re driving, sitting, or just waiting at the doctor’s office, imagine there’s gum or wet paint on the back of your chair so you have to hold yourself up instead of leaning back. Keep shoulder blades down and back, abdominals lifted, and picture yourself knitting your rib cage together and in.


Research from the University of Chicago shows that those who sleep 7 hours or more a night lose twice as much fat and are less hungry than those who get less than 7 hours of shut-eye.

Try one of two of these tips

1. Naturally thin people eat only when they are hungry.  Naturally thin people eat according to their hunger level. If they are not hungry, they may order a huge meal and only have a bite or two that satisfies their hunger. Or, if they are extremely hungry, they may eat everything on their plate.

2. Naturally thin people eat the foods they love.  It is true; naturally thin people choose the foods that are delicious to them. Whether it’s a hamburger or delicious salad, naturally thin people do not attach emotions to the food.

3. Naturally thin people may only eat dessert. Have you ever gone to a restaurant, you look over the menu and all you really want is the fudge brownie for dessert? But because you don’t want to look “fat” you order a meal first and then order the dessert. Yet, by the time you want dessert you’re totally stuffed. Yuck!! Naturally thin people may go to restaurants with the sole purpose getting their favorite dessert.

4. Naturally thin people love doggy bags and have no problems throwing away food. These thin thinkers understand that extra food is extra food. They can either throw it into their trash or throw it away their bodies.

5. Naturally thin people stay tuned into their bodies. Naturally thin people stay in touch with their bodies despite whatever may be circulating around them. They may be out with friends, having a few drinks and appetizers, and still, when it comes to food, they stay connected and typically don’t overeat.

6. Naturally thin people don’t use food for social protection.  Naturally thin people are just as uncomfortable at times in social situations. The difference is that they don’t pop chips in their mouths out of nervousness.

7. Naturally thin people have made a practice of saying “no” to food. People living naturall thin are extremely comfortable saying no when food is offered and they are not hungry. Common phrases from this extraordinary group of thin people include: “no,” “no thank you,” “I’m fine, you go ahead,” “maybe later.” Food to them is physical more then emotional or psychological so when they are done, they are done.

Marna Goldstein Thall, owner of If you’re ready to learn the secrets of the thin, get your two complimentary emotional eating assessments at

Getting specific about your goals

Are your goals detailed enough for you to reach them? We all have aspirations and we are better off for having made them. But if your goals are too vague or unstructured, you’ll find that attaining them is difficult. Wanting to lose 30 pounds is a wonderful goal, but you need a plan to get you on the right track. These things don’t happen overnight. Today, think about your goals and form a plan to achieve them. Write them down, chart your progress, refer to them as often as you need to stay on track, and most importantly, hold yourself accountable.

It may help to remember this

– the cookie tray does not love you. You gotta love yourself.

Almonds vs. Walnuts

Nuts have gotten a bad rap as high calorie, indulgent foods that we should decline whenever tempted. True, nuts get more than half of their calories from fat. But the fat in nuts is healthy for you, your heart, and your waistline. But how do different types of nuts compare to one another? Almonds are a healthy source of calcium and make a great snack alone or in your favorite salad. Walnuts are an excellent source of magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B6.

Persevering through failure

Of course try, try again, but when you don’t succeed at something it’s best not to beat yourself up or hold yourself to an unrealistic standard of achievement. Feeling as if you’re a failure, simply for not reaching a goal, is not who you truly are. Do you think you’re the only one who fails? Of course not! Most problems involve steps to their solution, and solving each step along the way IS an accomplishment. If you become discouraged during your weight loss journey or find your financial aspirations out of reach, keep trying! Some of life’s most rewarding experiences make you sweat and persevere through hard times, only to emerge on the other side victorious and wiser for having worked so hard.

The positive cycle of forgiveness

OK, be honest. Do you hold grudges? Do you allow old drama to determine your behavior? Is there someone you just can’t seem to forgive? Grudges and a non-forgiving attitude do nothing but harm both parties. You might feel like you’re “winning” by not letting someone off the hook, but you’re only increasing your own worry and stress. Bitterness can lead to hate, which can sour a life. Today, write a letter explaining your point of view to the person you feel resentful towards. Clear the air; forgiving him. Even if you don’t send it, it is an excellent way to relieve tension. Forgiving someone does not absolve them of the wrong that you experienced. It can simply free you to live a life that isn’t anchored to the hurt and resentment of past events.

Workout and Fitness Tips for Winter

Winter Woe: ‘Tis the season for big sweaters — the better to hide your bulges with.

Fix-it trick: Opt for layers that leave a little bit of your silhouette intact. It’s no surprise that your comfy cardigan may stealthily up the odds you’ll skip your workout, since it keeps soft spots under wraps, says Jennifer Baumgartner, a psychologist in Potomac, Maryland, who makes the link between clothing and mind-set for her clients. “The first thing I tell people who are trying to lose weight is to avoid baggy clothing, since you won’t be able to see the positive changes in your body,” she says. “There’s also a subconscious association between baggy clothes and lounging.” To help break the lazy spell, pick sweaters in red, pink, or bright blue, Baumgartner advises. Mood research suggests that these colors jolt your senses and help energize you.

via Workout and Fitness Tips for Winter.

Take your daily dose of vitamin E


According to a study out of Tufts University in Boston, a group of men who took 1,000 IUs of vitamin E supplement every day (a relatively high dose) for three months showed a significant reduction in muscle damage and inflammation post-workout. Researchers say women are likely to reap the same benefits and that 200 to 400 IUs daily may be sufficient.

via 42 One-Minute Better Body Tricks: 17-24.

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