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DON'T DRINK YOUR CALORIES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON... Check out our low-cal cocktail tips!

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 @ 01:17 PM

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Low-Calorie Holiday Cocktails

With so many holiday parties and festivies, alcohol consumption increases this time of year.  But have no fear, Step Ahead Wellness Center is here with tips on how to curb holiday cocktail calories.  Holiday cocktails don’t have to be a diet downer.  With a little planning this season, you can avoid alcohol diet disaster, and there are some drinks that are relatively low in calories.

Know the Culprits:

  • Mixers, syrups and sodas can turn an innocent
    cocktail into a dessert.
  • Higher proof alcohols contain more
    calories.  For example, 100-proof Vodka =
    82 calories/1 oz
  • Super-sized drinks.  Magaritas with double shots and extra mixers could add up to 1,000 calories or more in 1 mug.  A TGIFriday’s frozen mudslide contains 1,100 calories!  Most glasses of wine contain 120-150 calories, but that can double depending on the size of the glass and how full it is.  One bottle of wine serves 5, 5-ounce servings = 600 calories).
  • Beer can range from 64-198 calories per 12 ounces.  Dark beer contains more calories than pale beer.

Cut Some Alcohol Calories:

  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.
  • Choose wine, light beer or simple cocktails made with low-calorie mixers.  Just as you might order a salad with dressing on the side, don’t be shy about asking for your cocktail your way.
  • Skip the mix altogether.  Try ordering your favorite liquor on the rocks.  Infused vodkas are popular because they are not flavored but infused.
  • Dilute your drink with club soda or sparking water.

Lastly and more importantly, be sure to appoint a designated driver to get your to/from holidays parties safely.

For more healthy holiday weight loss tips, contact Step Ahead Wellness Center at or call 908-470-2235.  Let us help you reach your weight loss goals in 2014 with our healthy weight loss programs.  One on one personal training and small group exercise classes are also available on site with our certified personal fitness trainer, Noelle Lusardi.

Have a safe and holiday season!

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Last Minute Gifts Ideas for the Health Guru In Your Life

Posted by deborah neiman on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 @ 01:48 PM

Need last minute gift ideas? We are here to help! has unique gift ideas for the Health Guru in your life. Enjoy!

describe the imageWake Up Light Alarm Clock: A natural wake up light can make a big difference in waking up and energy levels throughout the day. Basically, it is an alarm clock that gradually brightens with a daylight-type bulb and nature sounds instead of a blaring horn sound.

This particular one is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation and waking up gradually and naturally can have a big impact on energy levels and proper hormone production throughout the day.


Rumble Roller great gift idea for men deep tissue massage at home 150x150 resized 600Rumble RollerThis is one of my favorite gifts of all time too. Basically, it is a deep tissue massage at home, so it is a lot cheaper than regular massages in the long run.

It doesn’t take up much room and it is wonderful for sore muscles! I use this regularly and it has made a big difference in my muscle tension. Plus, it looks manly and tough, so men don’t mind using it. Here is the Rumble Roller I got and there are two different sizes and firmness levels.

Earthing Mat great gift idea to improve sleep and reduce stress 150x150 resized 600Earthing Mat: I’ve written about Earthing before and how an earthing mat helps me sleep a lot better. The basic concept is that it electrically grounds your body to help reduce inflammation, improve sleep, and even stops snoring!

Here is the one we use, and it comes with a book about the benefits of Earthing, and an outlet checker to check the ground of your outlet.


Squatty Potty for better digestion and health weird but it works 150x150 resized 600Squatty Potty: This would definitely be a gift for someone you have a special relationship with who won’t take it the wrong way! ASquatty Potty is a special stool that stows under the toilet and lets the user sit in a more natural “squatting” position when doing his business.

As an added plus, the Squatty Potty doubles as a great stool for potty training, so it gets a lot of use at our house!

41uzhmSPqgL 150x150 resized 600Minimalist Shoes: Barefoot shoes like Vibram Five Fingers have gained popularity lately, as they are supposed to help improve your running form, help with posture and sore joints, and just be really comfortable. Yes, these are those shoes with toes!

I have a pair of the Women’s KSOs and I LOVE them. They can be tough to run on really hard surfaces with if you heel-strike when you run, but they are very comfortable and I wear them all the time.

In an attempt at style, Vibram has recently released some hot pink versions of their shoes, as well as some that look more like women’s flats.

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