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Many kids are currently on Winter Vacation. While it is a time that you should relax, don’t make that an excuse to sleep ALL day, and to play video games/watch television non-stop.

Even though I say this a lot, it is interesting how many kids do just that, including many of my friends.

Winter break is a great time to try to change your lifestyle to a more healthier one. Go outside and walk around. Go and meet your friends someone to play instead of talking to them on the phone on online.

Watch out how many chocolates/candy canes/cupcakes/cookies that you are eating. Actually count them and limit yourself to one or two cookies a day.

At those many holiday parties, limit the amount of food that you put on your plate. Many times you won’t even end up eating everything on it. Eat a little, and if your still hungry come back and put a little bit more on your plate.

Some options are better than others: pick the turkey over the honey ham, the pumpkin pie over the pecan pie, and also eat the dishes that contain a lot of vegetables and fruits.

Go have fun in indoor facilities. You can go indoor ice skating, play basketball, or go to the gym. Now, is a good time to check some of the activities that your local YMCA or Boys and Girls Club offers.

Try to stay away from that screen: television, computer, video games. Instead, why not try some jumping jacks, push-ups, or sit-ups. It will get your blood pumping and soon you will be generating your own warmth.

Try not to eat to many snacks. The thing about winter is that often you may get so bored that eating helps keeps you occupied. Also, some people like to eat in the winter because it makes them feel warm. Instead of eating junk foods, maybe try to drink some organic apple cider or having some granola bites?



Often times, bad habits are ones developed at home.


List 1- Here are some common grocery staples (from my friend’s shopping list:

         Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream

         Pack of Jones Cream Soda

         Loaf of white bread

         Peanut butter and jelly

         Oreo cookies

         Orange juice

         Carton of full-fat milk


         Brie Cheese


What I noticed was that there were A LOT of bad foods on the list. The ice cream, soda, and oreo cookies are LOADED with SUGAR!

The white bread is made of refined grains and that is not good.

Orange juice is generally ok. Try to look for brands that don’t use so much corn syrup.

Salami and brie cheese is also ok, but don’t eat too much of it. They are loaded with fat.


Also, notice that there are NO fruit and vegetables on this list!!!!


List 2- Here is an ideal shopping list:

         Whole wheat loaf of bread

         Saltine cracker

         Block of sharp cheddar cheese

         Chicken breast or salmon

         100% apple juice

         Non-fat or soy milk

         Celery, broccoli, carrots

         Bananas and apples


You list doesn’t have to be this exact same list given.

BUT if your normal shopping list looks like list number one, try to modify it to start looking like list number 2.




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