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Next Class- Nutrition Lunch-in Monday February 10 12:00.  This week we will discuss food labels and how to read them.  Great way to really educate yourself on what is in the foods your eating!

Healthy Tips to Get You Back In It:

 Change your mindset- one step at a time No one likes change; it rarely comes easy. Slowly incorporating small steps toward your goals overtime leads to huge changes in the long run.  Many people jump, headfirst, onto the diet bandwagon around the New Year, but don't. Adopting too much change at once often leads to burnout. Instead, outline your short-term goals, achieve them slowly, and you'll soon find success.

 Eat Breakfast-

Don't start your day with an empty tank. Eat a healthy breakfast every day—packed with fiber—to get your metabolism moving and prepare your body for whatever lies ahead. Studies show that a fiber packed breakfast may also lower cholesterol levels.

 Posture, Posture, Posture- When is the last time someone took a candid picture of you? Do you notice yourself slouching in the image? Aging drags the shoulders forward and the head down, putting undue pressure on your spine and nervous system. But don't worry; you can start correcting your posture today with this simple change: While at the computer, sit upright with your head looking up at your monitor, instead of down, keeping your back straight up against your chair and your feet on the floor. Adjust your monitor so your eyes are level with the bottom of your screen.

 Talk smart-
For those in customer service you are on the phone the majority of your day.  But cradling your phone on your shoulder or tilting to one side throughout the day does a number on your neck. Protect it by using a hands-free headset when speaking to keep your head upright instead of off-kilter.

 One healthy item At every meal

make just one healthy choice. If you're eating fast food, this might mean skipping the fries or choosing water instead of soda. If you're eating at home, bump up your fiber intake by adding a veggie or fruit to your plate.

Move more.    

Several recent studies show a clear relationship between how many hours we sit each day and a decreased life expectancy. You don't need a gym membership or fancy home equipment to be active. Park farther away from your destination or take the stairs. If you sit at a desk each day, walk around your office for at least five minutes every hour and consider marching in place while taking phone calls.

  Keep an open mind Just because your doctor says something does not mean it's the absolute truth. Do your own research about healthy eating, vitamins, and the side effects of medications before taking action.  It's imperative to educate yourself and your family about health and wellness. 

  Sleep soundly You work hard to ensure that your kids get the recommended hours of sleep they need, but are you doing the same for yourself? Adults need their sleep, too. According to a 2009
report, 50 to 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder. This year, commit to getting the six to eight hours your body needs to rejuvenate and heal each night. 

Get quiet and breathe Giving your mind time to rest through meditation or breathing exercises allows you to release stress and let go of situations that are beyond your control. This year, try a meditation class or taking ten deep breaths when you notice a moment of stress or frustration. (see below for class schedule)

 Manage stress It's unavoidable—our lives are full of stress. Ward off its harmful effects by getting regular exercise and eating healthy.  BrickStreet offers an array of classes that will meet all of your fitness needs:
12:00- Yoga
5:15- Boxing
6:00- Crossfit
12:00- Pilates
5:05- Crossfit
12:00- Yoga
6:00- Crossfit
12:00 Pilates
5:05- Crossfit
12:00- Yoga

  Hang with a healthy crowd Your social networks have a huge impact on your life. This year, surround yourself with people who you admire and build you up. Buddy up during Get Back In It and be accountable to one another.

BrickStreet Person of the Week:

Revon Jacobs- Information Technology Associate- North Carolina Office

Revons Goals for the Challenge:
  • lose 40lbs
  • lower body fat to 9%
  • Qualify for Boston Marathon

Well Revon we wish you the best!! We will check back in with Revon at the end of the challenge.

If you would like to be a BrickStreet person of the week please email me at moorefitnesswv10@gmail.com

Breakfast. Really the most important meal of the day?
Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, and for good reason. There are a few reasons people don't eat breakfast in the morning such as not feeling hungry or to try and limit calories. However, skipping breakfast can lead to a number of problems when it comes to trying to lose weight and keep it off. If you are trying to achieve or maintain a healthy weight, consider the following reasons to eat breakfast each and every morning.

It Revs up Your Metabolism

Eating breakfast is a great way to get your metabolism working well for the day. When your body receives food in the morning, it tells your brain that you're going to need to start working to digest it. This wakes up the system and warms up the metabolism so it's ready to work throughout the day. When you don't eat breakfast in the morning, your body thinks that it needs to conserve the energy it has because it isn't getting any more through nutrition. This actually slows your metabolism down, which results in a decrease in the amount of calories you burn all day long. 

It Keeps You from Binging -Not eating breakfast in the morning may save you calories for the time being, but it sets you up for failure throughout the rest of the day. This is because after not feeding your body for several hours overnight, a lack of food in the morning will leave you grumpy and hungry very early in the day. When lunch time rolls around, you're more likely to choose something high in fat and calories to satisfy your food cravings, because you feel so ravenous. If you can hold off through dinner, chances are you will feel an overwhelming urge to snack all night long, which can really pack on the calories.

It Keeps You in a Good Mood- Feeding yourself in the morning will keep your spirits up throughout the day for a number of reasons. First and foremost, since your body won't think that it's starving after a nutritious meal in the morning, it's easier to get in a good mood and stay that way. It also provides plenty of needed energy to help you get through the regular tasks of your day, which can help keep your mood bright and optimistic. A healthy meal in the morning can also help to regulate your blood sugar levels through lunch time, which plays a vital role in your mood.

Overall, eating something for breakfast is better than eating nothing at all. The more balanced your meal is, the better off you will be. Instead of a breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast that will leave you feeling heavy and sluggish within just a few minutes, consider having a fruit smoothie and a bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh berries, which will invigorate your body and give you the energy needed to get through the day.

Healthy Breakfast idea:
Veggie Frittata with Turkey Bacon

1 (8-ounce) package Uncured Turkey Bacon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ cup finely chopped red pepper
½ cup finely chopped green pepper
1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
1 cup finely chopped asparagus
2 cups egg substitute or 8 eggs
¼ cup milk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 cup shredded low-fat Swiss cheese
⅓ cup thinly sliced green onions

Heat oven to 350°F. Mist 12 muffin cups with cooking spray. Cook turkey bacon as specified on the package. Cut into ½-inch pieces and set aside.
In large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil, red and green pepper, mushrooms and asparagus. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are cooked.
In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk and parsley until well mixed. Stir in bacon, cheese, mushroom mixture and green onions. Spoon mixture into muffin cups, filling approximately ¾ full. Bake 20 minutes or until set.

After refrigerate and you have breakfast for the entire work week!

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