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5 Ways To Stay Healthy Over the Holidays (As Seen on HLN)

Don’t spend another holiday season in the deprivation doldrums. Set yourself up for long-term success with these five inspired tips from Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Private Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour.

Gift yourself some peace of mind from the stress of holiday weight gain with these fit hacks.

Cut Yourself a Deal

Learn to use If/When conditions for yourself.

Example:  If  you choose to go to happy hour after work and skip your scheduled workout, then you will set your alarm for five minutes earlier the next morning. When that alarm goes off, get up, put on your workout shoes, and perform 50 squats or simply jog in place, anything to get your heart rate up before you jump in the shower!

Hydrate Between Drinks

My private weight loss clients swear by these boozy tips for this time of year! (They still apply for mocktails too)

Sipping on hot cocktails? Order an ice cold glass of water after each drink.

Indulging in a cold boozy beverage? Order warm water with lemon between every cocktail.

Simple, right?

Work Off the Treats Before You Eat

Finding time to work out during the holidays can get tricky, but even just doing a little bit of a workout is better than nothing.

Know you’re heading to a party with your favorite baked goods? If you know you’re going to have a couple treats, figure out roughly how many extra calories you want to have. Then do a little workout to prepare for the snacking.

Example: One minute of squats or kettlebell swings burns around 25 calories. If you do four rounds of squats at one minute each, boom, you have an extra 100 calories to play with!

Late Night Temptations

An important part of losing weight and keeping it off is learning to recognize when you may have an incoming binge situation. Use the following weight loss tips to save yourself from regret.

Feeling the urge to reach for another cookie from the tray in your kitchen or an extra piece of fudge from the fridge? Before you do….

Try putting on hand lotion or painting your fingernails! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to eat a cookie that tastes like lotion and freshly-painted nails means no picking anything up until they dry! This gives you a chance to move passed the momentary craving without over-indulging. Plus, now you have beautiful nails and/or are moisturized!

Make Micronutrients Mandatory

I incorporate this tip into all my weight loss programs for women, even though it’s the last on the list– it’s crucial!

Every night, no matter if you’ve eaten healthy or unhealthy the entire day, make eating a bowl of fruits or veggies a part of your routine.

Micronutrients are the essential vitamins and minerals found in food. Vegetables and fruits are super rich in them, so treat yourself to a large serving in the evenings and your body will thank you!

Happy Holidays!
-Steph

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

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Cheers to Healthy Drinking This Summer (As Seen on CBS Chicago)

Health and Wellness Expert Stephanie Mansour dropped by CBS Chicago to discuss low cal, low sugar beverages. Learn how to enjoy a delicious summer full of fresh cocktails and weight loss!

As a private weight loss coach, I am always telling my clients that knowledge is power.

Many of my clients are ready and raring to go to lose weight, but they always fear that I’m going to tell them to give up alcohol completely. But that’s not the case! I want you to pay attention to how alcohol makes you feel. Waking up sluggish and hungover? Could be it’s from the sugar—not the alcohol. Start by learning how alcohol meshes with your body and go from there.

So think about great alternatives for home cocktails, like this Batiste Rhum. It’s low in sugar and tastes amazing! Be a conscious consumer and pay attention to what’s in your alcohol.

A Day in the Life
Let’s take a look at healthy and tasty alternatives to the classic beverages we like to enjoy while out to brunch with friends, celebrating on game day, or mingling with co-workers at a happy hour event.

Time for Brunch

My private weight loss clients are successful women, many are executives, but even they like to have fun! A couple mimosas or Bellini’s at brunch aren’t bad, right? Think again. There is a lot of added sugar in that peach puree and in the juice used to mix these morning cocktails. Ask for a glass of straight prosecco and a side of fresh fruit instead. You can garnish your drink yourself and enjoy fewer calories while still getting a happy buzz!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Light beer might have fewer calories, but you still get the uncomfortable bloat! Try a Gluten Free beer or a cider instead, like Angry Orchard. Just be sure to check the labels on cider, some have a higher sugar content than others.

Happy Hour for the Win

Skip the soda as a mixer! Ask for your favorite liquor of choice mixed with sparkling water, a squeeze of lemon and lime, and some herbs—like mint! By avoiding soda and mixers like triple sec, you save yourself calories and won’t wake up with a sugar hangover in the morning. Keep your drinks fresh, fresh, fresh and you can’t go wrong!

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Step It Up with Steph: How to Make Healthy Cocktails at Beatrix Chicago

Chicago’s best health and fitness expert Stephanie Mansour learned how to make healthy cocktails at Beatrix Chicago in Streeterville!

Watch as the bartender and general manager talk to Steph about how to make healthy cocktails and what ingredients to use for great flavor.


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This week’s webisode is about healthy cocktails. My motto is everything in moderation. If you hate chocolate, and I tell you you can’t have chocolate cake, you’re going to want it!

It’s basic psychology. So if I tell my clients they cannot consume alcohol for the duration of our program or for the rest of their lives, I’d hedge a bet that they wouldn’t be too successful! (Heck, I wouldn’t be!)

We want to do things because they make us feel good; not just because we’re following some rule set by someone else.

Therefore, making cocktails in a healthy way is a great way to stick to “everything in moderation”.

I visited the general manager of Beatrix in Streeterville in downtown Chicago to have him give us some tips on which ingredients to use, and then watched the bartender whip them up quickly. Take a look.

How to Make Healthy Cocktails:

Have any questions about the alcohol that you’re consuming? How healthy is it? Let us know in the comments below.