Hello ladies and happy Fall. I came across this cocktail list and love the tips and little modifications of our favorite drinks. ENJOY.
These recipies are from the Tracey Anderson fitness website www.traceyandersonmethod.com
1. Mojito Makeover - At a bar? Ask for only a touch of simple syrup (a sugar syrup) to cut about 75 (of the usual 200 calories) per drink. And skip flavored mojitos – juice (or flavored liquors) means higher calories. If you’re making the recipe at home, cut the recommend sugar by 1/4. It’ll still be flavorful without the sugar.
2. Modified Margarita – Order tequila with club soda and a splash of lime juice instead of a traditional margarita. This low-cal order runs 120 calories compared to the 200+ calories in most margaritas.
3. Don’t Do Daiquiris - Don’t got there, if you’re ordering out. These frozen concoctions have tons of sugar and 300-600 calories per drink. Get your frozen drink from mixing one at home using fresh (or frozen) fruit like watermelon or pineapple, ice, club soda, and your alcohol of choice.
4. Vote for Voka Spritzers – Ask for your favorite vodka with club soda, lime, and a splash of juice for a sip that lands around 115 calories.
5. White or Rose Wine Spritzers - The already light choice of white or rose wine (around 100 calories per 4 ounce glass) can be lightened up more by adding club soda to make a 75 calorie drink.
Here are a couple of new ideas.
Makes 1 serving
1.5 ounce silver tequila
1.5 ounce (scant) maple syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
pinch cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Serve over ice in a 10-ounce glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. 135 calories per drink.
Makes 1 Serving
1 ounce Absolut Vodka
(either infused with cucumber or muddled with 2 chunks cucumber)
1/2 ounce honey
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces strong cold green tea
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Serve over ice in a 10-ounce glass. Garnish with a lime twist. 134 calories per drink.
~I recently came across the following article that really hit home for me. It's about our all too familiar, daily ritual of beating ourselves up over diet and excercise. I bet it's safe to say that we could all stand to give ourselves a break once in a while. I believe that there's an insurmountable truth to the notion that positive thoughts create positive outcomes. Let's start with our view of ourselves. :)
The following article is from Pole Spin Magazine www.polespinmag.com
The Negative Mind
“You are fat and you will never be able to do the cartwheel mount!” “Why do you even try? You are a loser!” “You have got to get your eating under control! Why can’t you just stop eating sugar?” “How could you eat that donut?” “You blew it! Eat as much as you want today because tomorrow the diet begins, fatso!” If you have ever heard these comments directed at you, then you most likely heard them coming from a voice in your own head. Professionals in the field of eating disorders call that voice the Negative Mind, and it hurts you as an individual, and as an athlete, more than you may realize.
It doesn’t matter whether it is an internal or external dialogue that you are being abused by. What do you think happens when you repeatedly tell yourself that you are fat? Whether or not you are actually fat, you are going to behave as if you are, and you are going to believe that you are. Your thoughts define the reality that you live with…make a choice to create a better reality for yourself!
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
So, if you are causing your reality to be the way it is because of how you speak to yourself, how do you change it? How do you manifest a body that you love and in the process develop a positive relationship with food? First you need to become aware of your internal dialogue, and then you start practicing the “Thumper Principle.”
“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!” – Thumper (Bambi’s Friend)
Take some time to silence your Negative Mind. One of my clients found it beneficial to open a closet door and – figuratively, of course – leave her Negative Mind there for the day. If she ever heard her Negative Mind speaking to her during the day, she would say, “How did you get out?” and she would put it back in the closet and continue practicing the Thumper Principle.
After you have practiced the Thumper Principle for a while, it will be important for you to start speaking to yourself with a kind and nurturing voice. Think of how you would speak to a child, a friend, or a student. Instead of saying, “You are fat and will never be able to do a cartwheel mount.” Say, “Everybody is beautiful. Some moves just take time, patience and practice. You will get there.” Whether or not you totally believe what you are saying does not matter … what matters is that you are saying it, and that you have quieted your Negative Mind.
Some people go so far as to create a positive mantra for themselves, especially if their Negative Mind is highly invasive. Twenty years ago, when I was recovering from Anorexia and needed to buy myself food, instead of allowing my Negative Mind to say, “You can’t buy that, it has too many calories. You can’t buy that either because it has too much fat. Blah, blah, blah!” I would drown out the Negative Mind by saying, “I can eat anything I want; it really doesn’t matter. Everything is okay.” I would repeat it like a song while I was in the grocery store. Cheesy? Possibly. But it works.
So, what does the Negative Mind have to do with nutrition? Actually, a lot! The way you speak to yourself permeates how you feed and care for your body. If you are actively listening to, and believing, your Negative Mind then you are probably not paying attention to your body. You may be completely unaware of what it needs because all of your attention is focused on managing your food intake through degrading comments. You may be feeding yourself too much, or too little. You may be missing a lot of the nutrients that your body needs. Listening to, and honoring, your body’s needs and preferences is the key to attaining a natural and healthy body that you truly love.
Until the next issue, pay attention to how you speak to yourself, and notice if the Negative Mind is the strongest voice in your head. Practice the Thumper Principle – if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. After that, practice speaking to yourself with a kind and nurturing voice. This process is simple, but not easy; things that truly matter seldom are.
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~Julia Roberts' character nailed it in the movie Eat Pray Love. She says "I'm soo tired of saying no. Waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before. Counting every calorie I consumed so I know exactly how much self loathing to take into the shower. I'm going for it. I have no interest in being obese, I'm just through with the guilt."
~I say right on sister!!!
~Try to keep in mind that life is about balance. Colories in vs. calories out. Humans were meant to work for their food, carry their water up and down hills, tend to their own crops, carry their children strapped to their backs all day, everywhere they went, lol. In modern day society we do none of the above. Therefore the calories we take in are just sitting there, waiting to be used. Get out there and move your body EVERY DAY....even if just for a stroll.
~I'm a big advocate of positive affirmations. Here's a fun website I happened upon last winter. It's just for fun but some of you may like it.
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