Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival Guide


Holiday lights and displays are up at all our local retailers. More neighbors will be putting up holiday displays as the warmer weather days begin to separate further apart from each other. Recipes, parties, and cookies become all the talk at the water cooler. The question every reader needs to ask themselves, “Am I really ready for all of this?”

•Eat breakfast. Studies show those who eat breakfast, compared to those who don’t, lose 27% more fat just by eating breakfast.
•Exercise. Make appointments on the calendar, in the blackberry, or on the iPhone at least 3 times each week. These appointments should be treated as a top priority. Do not reschedule any of these 3 workouts. There are four other days of the week to allow more flexibility. Thanksgiving Day is the greatest day of the year to exercise. Do NOT skip your workout today. Run a 5k or take a class at a local Ellipse Fitness!
•Snack. Saving your appetite and calories intake for that one large meal only leads to a painful, bloated trip to the couch or worse! Eat two small meals/snacks throughout the day. Suggestions: veggies and Greek yogurt with Fiesta Ranch seasoning mix; havarti cheese and woven, wheat crackers; protein shake and pretzels; a piece of fruit and almonds.
•Choose wisely. Make appropriate meal selections. Turkey, sweet potatoes (skip the marshmallow and brown sugar-they are sweet all by themselves. HINT: cinnamon with a little butter), and a veggie. Ask yourself: Do I really want _______ (i.e. crescent rolls, green bean casserole, etc.)? Is it worth it?
•Eat dessert. That’s right. Not “just a little piece” or the infamous “bite of his” either. Eat a full serving of dessert. Do not eat a whole pie, but indulge in a piece of the very best available. If your grandma makes the greatest apple pie in the whole world, we suggest savoring every piece of that apple pie. Skip the so-so cookies bought at the store because everyone ‘had to bring something.’ Those end-of-the-aisle sales are not special order for a reason. There is nothing special about it. Do it right or don’t do it.

Here are two recipes that are great for everyone’s holiday table that anyone can make, especially kids!

Fiesta Ranch Dip
2 c plain 0% Greek yogurt (or 1 ¾ c of cottage cheese + ¼ c of water-pureed)
1 package Fiesta Ranch salad dressing mix
Serve with raw veggies like broccoli, asparagus, celery, cauliflower, and cucumbers

Sweet Potato Crunch
Cut, boil, and mash 4-6 sweet potatoes. Place potatoes in a casserole dish.
Melt 4-6 tablespoons of real butter and stir in 2 tablespoons of cinnamon (apple pie spice and pumpkin spice makes for a nice twist as well) to coat 3 cups of plain corn flakes.
Top mashed sweet potatoes with corn flakes and bake for an additional 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Tips for good health and nutrition need to become part of your holiday schedule. Time is one commodity where everyone holds equal shares. To suggest that one is too busy to plan is, at best, an easy excuse to use this time of year.

The ability to properly handle excuses is one of the talents Ellipse Fitness Coaches excel at combating. It is our pleasure to provide you with the tools you need to leave more time for you to shop your local retailers, decorate your homes, spend more time with your family, and succeed at the daunting task of ‘Holiday Hold ‘em.’ Contact us to set up your personal coaching program today.

Stuffed Tomatoes by Ellipse

 With the holiday seasoning fast approaching, it is safe to say that you will be looking for new recipes to whip up when entertaining your guests or heading to a party!  This low-calorie and guilt-free recipe is sure to be a hit and it looks really festive! 

 Stuffed Tomatoes
24  Cherry Tomatoes
2   Cups Low-fat or Fat-free cottage cheese
4   Tbsp. Salsa
1   Packet of Starkist Mango Chipotle Salmon

Directions:  Wash, remove stems, and cut out insides of all 24 cherry tomatoes.  Turn all tomatoes upside down on a paper towel to dry while mixing other ingredients.  Purate 2 cups of cottage cheese in your blender.  When completely purated, add 4 tbsp. of salsa, and 1 packet of Salmon to mixture. Spoon these ingredients together.  Evenly disperse mixture into the 24 cherry tomatoes!

Serves: 6 (4 tomatoes per serving)

Total Calories: 95 Carb=9.2g Prot=14g Fat=0.71g


1. the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

Are you courageous? My guess is YES—you are! I applaud you!

Perhaps you’re a veteran who’s fought for our country, or a person who’s fought cancer, or a police officer or fire fighter!?

Courageous people I’ve read about –Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Helen Keller.

Courageous people I know personally –Barb, Sue and Mary—3 friends over 50 years old and just joined Ellipse, two friends who just joined Rock Your Jeans and were a little scared to hear about the low carb ways of the program, Denyse, a friend who battled breast cancer, “Cheryl”—a mother at Harbor House with her two young sons.

There are many ways to be courageous. In big ways and small ways we make decisions every day to stand up for what we believe. Stand up for Health. Stand up for Happiness. We often stand up for the health and happiness of ourselves, our family, and friends. This month, I’m asking you to consider the strangers around you, in your communities—the ones that are in the clutches of domestic abuse—who need help to be courageous. Help to fight back. Not physically, but emotionally. Those that need to escape a situation that puts them or their children in harms way.

Ellipse Fitness is celebrating our 5th year of supporting domestic abuse shelters or charities in our local communities—we host an event named Victory over Violence (VOV). VOV is a 4 hour fitness marathon to raise donations for a local domestic abuse shelter. All proceeds from the event which includes a silent auction are donated!

I invite you to sponsor someone participating or drop off a donation for the shelter in your area! Every little bit helps!

This video of a father supporting his son shows courage. I sincerely hope we can be a supporter of those sons, daughters and wives who don’t have this sort of father figure in their lives.

In health,

Barbequed Turkey Sandwiches

Are you searching for a new recipe to serve during your football game party?  This delicious recipe is perfect to serve to a crowd as you can simply double the recipe!  A tailgate party sandwich you can enjoy without the guilt!  A great topping  to this sandwich is a dab of fresh coleslaw!!

Barbequed Turkey Sandwiches

1   Medium Onion, finely chopped
2   Tsp. Olive Oil
3/4 Cup Chili Sauce
1/2 Cup Water
2   Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1   Tbsp. Brown Sugar
3   Cups Shredded Cooked Turkey Breast
6   Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns, split

Directions:  In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender.  Stir in the chili sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.  Stir in turkey; heat through.  Serve on buns.

Serves:  6
Total Calories: 278   Carb=32g Prot=25g Fat=8.9g

 Ellipse Tip:  Some great options for buns are Village Hearth Light Buns, Sara Lee De-Light, and Arnold’s Sandwich Thins.