Archive for November, 2011


Surviving the Holidays: How to beat (not eat) your holiday stress- Part 1

November 23rd, 2011 by Dr. Rachel

The holiday season has quickly approached us and it is important to stay focused during this time. Holidays can be both stressful and enjoyable, but don’t let yourself lose sight of your goals and end up eating your holiday stress. First of all, the myth is that the average person gains between 7- 10 pounds between thanksgiving and new years, but several studies suggest the average weight gain is only about a pound. Here are a few helpful tips to keep that weight in check:

1. Focus on weight management NOT weight loss during the holidays. Your goal should be to maintain your weight. Holidays are tough, so don’t make them even tougher by also trying to lose weight.

 2. Set REALISTIC goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting unrealistic goals. Be true to yourself. You know what you are going to do and what you won’t do. 

 3. Keep an honest food diary. If you have been keeping track of your food, don’t stop now. Keep track of your food and be honest. Remember, if you bite it, write it!

4. Choose wisely – “What do I really want and enjoy?” Also, don’t deprive yourself. Remember MODERATION. It is okay to have a little bit. Maybe take a spoonful of everything you enjoy, but don’t over do it!

5. If you are going out and are unsure if there will be healthy food that you will want, make a healthy dish and bring it with you.

 6.  Plan on NOT dieting after the New Year. Remember it’s a LIFESTYLE

 7. Anticipate stressful or difficult situations and PLAN how you will handle these challenges. It’s easier to deal with a situation if you have planned ahead. Also, remember to set realistic expectations

8. Get Moving! Continue your routine and stay active. This is a great time to be active with the whole family. Encourage family or friends to take a walk with you. Start a new family tradition- sign up for a Turkey Trot or just take a family walk together while the turkey is cooking and/or after the thanksgiving meal.

 **Celebrations are really about family and friends — not food.

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A Healthy Banana Bread Recipe!

November 22nd, 2011 by ashleyg

We all can use a few healthy recipe ideas for sharing and giving. I don’t know about you but I could eat my weight in banana bread. Now we have a healthy alternative to serve. Please enjoy!

Healthy Banana Bread
3 Large Ripe Bananas
1 cup Splenda
2 egg whites
4 tbsp applesauce
1 ½ cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
½ cup chopped walnut pieces.

Preheat oven to 325°. Lightly Grease a 9X5 inch loaf pan; set aside.
In a bowl, mash bananas; you should have 1 cup. Beat in Splenda, then egg whites and applesauce. In another bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking soda; add to banana mixture and stir just until all flour is moistened. Stir in walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes.

Makes 1 Loaf.

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Join Run Buddies & Louie’s Kids at the 21st Annual 5K Reindeer Run

November 22nd, 2011 by ashleyg

Please join Run Buddies on Saturday morning, December 3rd, 2011 for the 21st Annual 5K Reindeer Run! Details on the race and registration may be found at

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Kids Yoga at the 2011 Yoga Marathon

November 6th, 2011 by ashleyg

This is precious! Young kids doing yoga always puts a smile on my face. I know it will yours too. Thank you to all of the instructors from Yoga Mama, Kids’ Yoga Journey and Yoga Benefits Kids that joined us for the kid portion of the event. If you have children, please consider enrolling them in yoga at an early age. You won’t be sorry, I assure you. Enjoy the short video here.

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A Benefit Dinner Featuring Chefs Ariane Duarte, Carla Hall and Amanda Frietag – Join Us on November 15th in Montclair, New Jersey!!

November 4th, 2011 by ashleyg

Join Bravo’s Top Chef and Today Show contributor Chef Ariane Duarte and Chefs Amanda Freitag from the Food Network show CHOPPED and Carla Hall with ABC’s new afternoon show, “The Chew”, in a benefit dinner to introduce Louie’s Kids & Run Buddies to the New Jersey and New York areas.

The evening will start at 7:00 p.m. with a champagne toast at Duarte’s restaurant, CulinAriane at 33 Walnut Street in Montclair, New Jersey. Courses will be prepared by Chefs Freitag and Duarte and with a finale by Duarte’s husband and partner, Chef Michael Duarte. Wines will be paired with each course and a live auction will be lead by Chef Carla Hall.

Of the many luxury items up for auction that evening, there will be a one-of-a-kind weekend for two in Charleston, South Carolina. Tickets were awarded by Southwest Airlines and hotel accommodations donated by The Charleston Place Hotel, an Oriental Express property for the auction. The trip also includes a carriage ride, Charleston harbor tour and dinners at 2010 and 2011 James Beard award-winning restaurants, Fig and HUSK (which recently was named Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appétit).

Tickets: $125 (Price includes Food and Wine. Tax, Gratuity and Additional Beverages additional.)

For more details and to make reservations, please call CulinAriane at (973) 744-0533.

For information on these amazing Chefs:

Chef Ariane Duarte
Chef Carla Hall
Chef Amada Freitag

To see the difference our Run Buddies program can make, please visit our Run Buddies site and watch the video on 2 brothers that benefited from having a Run Buddy. Run Buddies Video

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