Beginner Yoga for Stress Relief

Beginner Yoga for Stress Relief

With the holidays around the corner, things can get stressful pretty quickly.  Being stressed out is not only harmful for you mentally, but stress also causes weight gain.  Cortisol, the hormone your body release when you are stressed, causes an increase in appetite.  For many of us, that’s when we reach for the comfort foods.  For me, that’s a stuff crust pizza, and we all know they are loaded with calories.  The combination of being stressed and more hungry results in weight gain.  Every holiday, most of us put on some holiday weight, around 1-3 pounds a year.  It doesn’t sound too bad, but the problem is most people never lose the extra weight.  After a few years, the pounds add up.

 

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So what can you do about it?  Relax!  Yep, it is that simple.  I have an easy beginner yoga session that will help you relax this holiday season.  My good friend and yoga guru Nydia Darby, from Nydia’s Yoga Therapy created a practice especially for us to help relax this season.  She is a Physical Therapist and Yoga Guru and she will lead us through a very easy and effective yoga practice that is only 12 minutes long.  It is perfect to help you relax, recenter, and find you happy place during the holiday rush.

 

Beginner Yoga for Stress Relief

 

This holiday, take some time for yourself and relax.  Taking care of yourself allows you to be more effective of taking care of others.  If you are stressed, you won’t be able to take care of your loved ones as well as you could if you were calm and happy.  A big part of being fit and healthy involves taking care of yourself, whether it is through working out, eating clean, or relaxing.  Make sure to take a few minutes each day and get some “me” time.  =)

 

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Make it a Healthy day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Nutrition, Diet, Free Workouts and Weight Loss Tips

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”
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Why Confidence is Sexy

Why Confidence is Sexy

Confidence is a really attractive quality in a man or a woman.  It doesn’t matter what size you are, whether you think you are attractive or not. Here is a real life example of why confidence is sexy. I was at a country bar with a group of co-workers when one of the co-workers, a really hot guy with muscular arms and a smile that shined like the sun came up to me and started talking. He was really cute and sexy, but he kept apologizing for the silliest things.

 

 

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Him: “Sorry, I am such a bad dancer.”

Me: “No you’re not.”

 

Him: “Are you laughing at me?”

Me: “No, I’m just happy.”

 

Him: “I hope I’m not offending you.”

Me: “No, I’m having a really good time.”

 

It got to the point where I was hoping he would just stop talking because he was killing the mood! I was having a really great time, but because of his insecurity, I was annoyed. The thing is, we are all attracted to self confidence. Nothing is sexier than a confident man or woman. Sometimes, we all have moments where we are unsure of ourselves, but the best thing to do is to take a deep breath, smile, and act confident. When you act confident, people will respond. When you smile, you will get smiles in return. Happiness attracts happiness, and you will never be without friends. It doesn’t matter what you are wearing or whether or not you are the perfect size or weight. You are perfect the way you are TODAY. Lesson of the day? Be confident in your own skin. And my advice for the hot co-worker: “Just be yourself. You are amazing but you just don’t know it.”

 

Let’s stay connected!

Make it a Healthy Day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

 

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Easy Ahi Tuna Fish Recipes

Easy Ahi Tuna Fish Recipes

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!   I love fish and I am always looking for easy fish recipes. Here is one of my personal favorite easy ahi tuna fish recipes from the island of Hawaii called “Poke”.  Poke is made from ahi tuna, and is served raw.  If you like sushi, you will love Hawaiian Poke.

Easy Fish Recipe

In Hawaii, it is served as an appetizer, but you can also serve it as a main meal over a bed of greens for a easy lunch or fast dinner.  I made a video recipe for you so you can see how easy it is to make!  Fat burning foods include lean protein, such as fish.  This easy fish recipe is high in protein, low carbs and is delicious.

 

 

Easy Fish Video Recipe – Hawaiian Poke

 

 

Traditional Hawaiian Poke Recipe

Preparation Time:10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes
Serves 2 to 4
 

 

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. fresh ahi tuna steaks, cut into cubed, bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (tops included)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (shoyu)
  • 1/4  cup chopped Maui onion (or yellow onion)
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of chili garlic paste

Take all the ingredients and combine them.  Serve immediately.  For more flavor, let it marinade in the fridge for 30 minutes.  Serve over a bed of greens for a healthy salad or eat as an appetizer.

You can keep poke in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.  After 2-3 days, you can pan sear it or cook it.

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You can use different types of sashimi grade fish for poke.  I’ve tried octopus poke, mixed with sea weed.  The possibilities are endless!

 

Make it a Healthy Day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

 


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Teriyaki Swordfish Salad

Teriyaki Swordfish Salad

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!  Want a tasty way to eat your greens and get healthy omega 3’s?  Try my new healthy teriyaki sword fish recipe.  A 3-ounce serving of grilled swordfish provides 108 milligrams of EPA, and 656 milligrams of DHA.  EPA and DHA are omega-3 fats that are found in fatty fish and shellfish.   It is also a great source of Vitamin D.  With a firm meaty texture, swordfish is a delicious way to change up your healthy protein.

Healthy Teriyaki Swordfish Salad

2 fillets of sword fish 5-7 oz
1 roma tomato, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 cup of onions
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 wedge of lemon (optional)
1-2 tablespoon olive oil
1 bag of mixed greens salad

Dressing

3 cloves garlic
minced2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
3/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup water

Directions for Swordfish
Take the soy sauce, sugar, garlic, vinegar and ginger and mix to create marinade.  Add uncooked sword fish and marinade in fridge for 1-2 hours.  Heat olive oil in a pan on medium high.  Add onions and sautee until lightly brown around the edges,  about 2-4 minutes.  Remove swordfish from marinade and put in pan.  Discard marinade. Pan grill fish for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked all the way through.  Arrange salad in 2 bowls and add in tomatoes and swordfish and onions.

Direction for Dressing
In a 1 pint glass jar or larger, combine the garlic, ginger, olive oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and water. Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid, and shake well. Remove lid, and heat jar in the microwave for 1 minute just to dissolve the honey. Let cool, and shake well before serving. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Add dressing and enjoy

 

Tell me what you think of the recipe.  Or better yet, take a picture and tag me on Instagram at #healthylivingjunkie.  I’d love to see your creations!  Let’s stay connected online.

Make it a Healthy Day,

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my weight loss video. ❤

 

 

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Healthy Blueberry Smoothie

Healthy Blueberry Smoothie

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!   This is Annie and Andrea and we have a delicious healthy blueberry smoothie recipe for you.  It’s our favorite blueberry smoothie recipe because not only does it taste amazing, it is incredibly good for you too! Blueberries are high in antioxidants, which is has all kinds of health benefits including cancer fighting properties, is heart healthy, and well as improves your complexion.  Beauty in a cup?  Sign us up!  Flax seed is a healthy fat and aids in digestions, and the protein powder feeds your muscles.  Bananas are a healthy carb and is also high in fiber and nutrients.  Coconut milk is a great substitute for cow’s milk, is easier to digest and is also lactose free and has a rich creamy taste.

 

 

Healthy Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients – 2 servings – Just half the recipe for one  =)

1 cup of blueberries (frozen or fresh, we used frozen)
1 banana
1 cup of coconut milk
1 scoop of protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)
2 teaspoons of flax seed (grounded)
Stevia (to taste)

 

 

Take all the ingredients and put it into a blender.  Blend for 10-15 seconds.  Pour in a cup and enjoy!  =) Try out our Blueberry smoothie and tell us what you think!  Better yet, show us your pictures!

Let’s stay connected!

Make it a Healthy Day,

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

 

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Morning Quick Workout

Morning Quick Workout

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

One of the best ways to kick start your morning is to do a workout.  It starts your day off right, helping you stay motivated and make better food choices throughout the day.  Next time you are in a crunch for time and can’t devote an hour to go to the gym, try my morning quick workout.  Remember, staying fit is a journey, and I am with you every step of the way.

 

 

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Looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time?   Check out this educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

 

 

Make it a Healthy day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Nutrition, Diet, Free Workouts and Weight Loss Tips

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”
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