Healthy Halloween Tips

Well, it’s that time of year again, Halloween.  Little ghosts and goblins are running all about.  Are you dressing up this year?  Have your kids dragged you all around town to find the perfect costume?  I found this cartoon, and it made me laugh, so I wanted to share it with all of you.  I know it would be unrealistic for me to expect you and your kids to not eat candy this Halloween.  I do suggest that you keep it under control and monitor what your kids consume.  I also wanted to provide some creative alternatives. The candy aisles in the store are woefully lacking in healthier alternatives. Small bags of pretzels, popcorn, or animal crackers are some healthier options.  It’s hard to find safely-packaged, treat-sized portions of fruits, veggies, or even nuts. So instead, how about some fun items that not only lack tons of sugar, but also last a lot longer than candy.  Here are some ideas: silly bands, temporary tattoos, spider rings, and glow sticks.
Overall, try to make Halloween about having fun and getting dressed up.  Focus on carving the pumpkin, watching a fun Halloween inspired movie, and enjoying time with family and friends.  Also don’t just throw away your pumpkin seeds.  They are filled with fiber essential fatty acids, and antioxidants!  Just mix them with a little oil and some seasoning and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes!

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Cover your nutritional bases

It’s hard enough to keep up with eating enough fruits and veggies each day, but keeping up with exactly which vitamins and minerals come from each and how many servings you need…wow…that’s enough to drive anyone crazy.

Here’s a fun way to make sure you’re covering your nutritional bases.

Pick foods from each color of the rainbow and make sure to eat a few of each during the week. Here are just a few examples:


  • Red apple
  • Beets
  • Red cabbage
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Tomatoes


  • Apricots
  • Butternut squash
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots


  • Pears
  • Yellow peppers
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapple


  • Avocados
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Spinach


  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Eggplant
  • Figs

The list could go on and on.

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Healthy Traveling!

I met a wonderful trainer out in Corvallis, Oregon.  We’ve been sharing some training ideas, and I came across this great article she wrote about staying active while traveling.  I asked if I could share it with my readers.  John and I are about to head across the country to San Jose, CA for our Life Shotz conference, and I will definitely be packing my workout clothes!  Jessica wrote this article pertaining to the Labor Day weekend, but I think we can apply it to any trips we have in the near future!  Let me know what you think!

Going somewhere this holiday weekend? Don’t let that stop you from getting physical activity. There have been lots of research articles and news stories published lately about the dangers of sitting for long periods of time. So, while lounging at the beach or hanging out at a backyard BBQ may be in your plans this weekend, see if you can mix it up by accumulating bits of exercise throughout the day. You might even be able to convince a friend to join you.

Here are some strategies for having a more active vacation:

1. Plan trips that involve getting exercise. Skiing, canoeing , backpacking, and fly fishing can be relaxing, enjoyable, and physical all at the same time.

2. Explore on foot or by bike rather than by motorized transport. If you’re visiting a big city like New York or Chicago, see how far your legs can take you. Or if you’re in the countryside, rent some cruiser bikes and go for a ride.

3. Do some airport yoga. Even if you’re not flying from San Fransisco, you can make the airport your yoga studio. Find a quiet corner in an empty terminal and let your inner yogini shine.

4. Play some games with the kids. Put the electronics off limits this weekend and play some good, old-fashioned games. Adults can play too. Wiffle ball, lawn darts, horseshoes, and miniature golf will get you off your rear end and having a great time with the family.

5. Schedule time for a workout. You schedule time for everything important in your life: work, family get-togethers, hair appointments, and watching the big game.  Why not exercise? Sign up for a morning kickboxing class or program an alarm on your phone to remind you to go for a jog. Make exercise a priority every day.

You will find yourself much more relaxed and rejuvenated if you take a little bit of time every day to move your body. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

JessBee Personal Training & Yoga

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I just had a wonderful visit with my sister, her husband, and my 16
year old niece, and 14 year old nephew.  I love them so much!!  They
come every year and visit us at the beach.  They are on vacation,
however, we are not!  It’s a challenge, as I’m sure many of you know
when you live at the beach to not be on vacation every time you have
visitors!  I want to share a few tips that I put into practice while
they were here to not go overboard and get off my health and fitness

First of all, try and resist temptation.  I joked with my family that I
was glad I didn’t run into any clients while I was at the grocery
store.  If someone had looked in my basket they would have thought I
was a hypocrite!  I had some things in there I would never be caught
dead having in my house….pop tarts, frozen waffles filled with
strawberry filling, and sugared cereal to name a few!  However, my
sweet niece and nephew requested some items and I wanted them to be
happy on vacation!  I don’t have a problem resisting these certain
foods.  However, it was a challenge to turn down the dark chocolate and
wine!  And, so, I did splurge a little, but it was on “pure” items!

Second, fit in exercise when you can.  I only get to see my family
twice a year; once in the summer and then at Christmas.  So I value
every minute I have with them.  While I continued to train clients
while they were here, I didn’t want to take extra time away to get my
workouts in.  So one day on the weekend I woke up early and hopped on
the treadmill and did a short 30 minute sprint interval session
(remember, intervals burn up to 9 times more fat than steady state
cardio!)  Then one day I did a workout on the beach.  Instead of
getting a “regular” gym workout in, I brought a band down to the beach
and did a circuit.  Wow, I forget how challenging basic exercises like
lunges are when you do them in the sand!

Finally, drink lots of water.  Make sure you stay hydrated especially
if you are imbibing on extra adult beverages.  When we all get together
we tend to have a few extra glasses of wine than we normally would.  We
get to talking and laughing and having a ball!  But I made sure to
drink a ton of water and that helps a lot!
So I’m not a complete “angel,” but I did stick with many of my basic
philosophies!  I hope these tips are helpful the next time you have

Yours in health,
Colleen Riddle

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Healthy Family-Friendly Snacks…on the go!

With the warm, beautiful weather upon us, we are drawn to spend the days outside. In last year’s survey I sent out to my readers, many of you wanted ideas for healthy, family-friendly foods and snacks that would satisfy everyone from Dad to the little kiddos. I’ve compiled a few healthy ideas that are conducive to on-the-go living!

If you have a cooler:

Grapes: refreshing and full of antioxidants and vitamins

String cheese: fun and easy to peel and as a bonus you are getting a good source of calcium

Watermelon: delectable thirst quencher and full of vitamin C and lycopene

Yogurt: delicious and great source of protein and calcium (just beware of the added sugar); Greek yogurt is best.

Water: forget the juice boxes and sodas! Pure water is the best way to stay hydrated on your active outings. No calories, fat or sugar…just plain refreshing!

No cooler ideas:

Apples: tasty portable nutrition that’s full of fiber and vitamins. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” isn’t just an old saying….it’s the truth!

Bananas “the bicyclist’s best friend”: easy to pack and eat on the go. Excellent source of potassium to help as you stay active on your outing. Bananas are an excellent source of B6 as well.

Raw nuts: great source of protein to fill you up and pair with the above fruit options

Homemade trail mix: throw some nuts, cereal (like Kashi Go Lean) and some dried fruit into a bag and toss in your backpack for a quick energy boost. Just be careful to watch the added sugar.

Lunch options:

If you want to pack a picnic and head down to the beach, here are some tasty, healthy options;

PB&J: made with natural peanut butter (stay away from partially hydrogenated oils and added sugar), whole wheat bread, and low sugar jelly

Wraps: get whole wheat wraps and place your favorite lunch meat, lettuce, cheese, and peppers. Add mustard instead of mayo to keep the fat and calories down. A great substitute for mayo is avocados! Spread some on your wrap and get the bonus of vitamins and the “good” fat.

Hummus and veggies like baby carrots, celery, and cucumbers. If you need chips, choose natural ones like Stacey’s or SunChips. Check the ingredients and make sure to stay away from partially hydrogenated oils…your body can’t process them so they end up being stored as fat!

As I’ve said many times healthy eating comes down to being prepared! Try out these simple ideas and stay away from the gut-busting fast foods that will weigh you down. You can eat fresh and healthy on the go… just takes a little preparation.

My new favorite grab-n-go healthy snack:

Preheat oven to 350. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray.

Put 1 TBS of old fashion oats, favorite veggies (I use peppers and broccoli) 1 TBS fresh salsa. Then top off with 100% liquid egg whites. (You can buy them in a carton.) Stir each one. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Eat three of them for breakfast or grab one as a snack. Store 3 days worth in fridge and freeze the rest so they don’t go bad. If you have time warm them up in the microwave, or just grab and go and eat them cold.

* I’ve also experimented with chopped apples and cinnamon in place of veggies. I personally only like these cold. Just experiment and have fun. Let me know if you create any yummy, clean snacks or meals!

Yours in health,


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Thanks Le Leche League of the Emerald Coast!

I had the pleasure of speaking to the Le Leche League of the Emerald Coast last night.   What a great group of women!  I loved meeting them and their adorable children.  I shared healthy lifestyle ideas, exercise tips, and educated them on how to dig deep and read nutrition labels!  We discussed the five main details you need to look at to determine whether you should precede with putting something into your mouth.  The five things are: serving size, front of the label claims, amount of sugar, amount of sodium, and the list of ingredients. I think everyone was pretty surprised to see, literally, how much sugar is in a 20 oz soda (65 grams)!  I taught them the little “trick” to divide the number of grams by 4 and that’s how many teaspoons are in the food or drink.  Our brains don’t register in grams, but we know what a teaspoon looks like!

These women are very impressive….they want to be the best moms they can be!  We discussed the importance of taking care of “Mommy Time” first, and not feeling guilty about taking time out for exercise.  Great tips were shared from moms in the audience about how they prepare food ahead of time to avoid the dreaded “I’m too busy and tired, so let’s just hit the drive-thru!”  Things like, chopping veggies ahead of time, pre-making meals on Sunday, and making sure to have healthy snacks on you at all times.

Thanks, Le Leche Ladies of the Emerald Coast!

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Holiday Survival Tips-Part 3

Ok, we have discussed planning and nutrition.  This week we are going to talk about something that doesn’t usually get associated with the Holidays; STRESS.  With the endless parties, travel, family gatherings and of course shopping.  It’s easy to see how we can be overwhelmed with all this plus a full time life.  Stress can lead to physical symptoms including weight gain, headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.  This should be a time to be thankful for what we have, not about worrying about getting the Christmas cards out on time, or not being able to find that perfect gift.   Here are a few tips to help with your shopping, so you can check one more thing from your to-do list.

1) Buy duplicates. If you find a great gift at a great price, consider getting one for several people on your list, if it fits their tastes.

2) Include gift receipts. Ask for gift receipts at the register, and include them with your gifts when you wrap them. That way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that if what you got doesn’t work for your recipient, they can easily exchange it.

3) Get gift cards. If you really need things to be simple, gift cards and certificates are a great option.

4) Let the post office be your friend. Rather than lugging all of your gifts to the post office and standing in the long lines, you can now get them to come to you! Visit the USPS website .

5) Make time for exercise.  Exercise is proven to reduce stress and help you sleep better.  It will also keep the pounds from creeping up on you over the holidays!

Yours in health,

Colleen Riddle


The question most often asked at this time of year is, “How can I fit in a workout when I have NO time!”  I gave you a quick workout option last email, and here’s another one!

Warm up

20 Body Weight Squats

20 Lunges

15 Pushups (on knees or toes)

10 burpees (see video)

Repeat as many times as you have time for!  You will hit the major muscle groups and spike your heart rate.  Remember, something is better than nothing!!

If you do this, email me and let me know what you think!

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Holiday Survival Tips-Part 2

Last week I discussed planning for your holiday parties and gatherings.  This week we are going to talk about some easy changes you can make to your favorite recipes.  These will help you execute the Holiday Survival Plan.

  • Dressing — Use a little less bread and add more onions, garlic, celery, and vegetables. Add fruits such as cranberries or apples. Moisten or flavor with low fat low sodium chicken or vegetable broth and applesauce.
  • Turkey – Enjoy delicious, roasted turkey breast without the skin and save 11 grams of saturated fat per 3 oz serving.
  • Green Bean Casserole — Cook fresh green beans with chunks of potatoes instead of cream soup. Top with almonds instead of fried onion rings.
  • Mashed Potato Substitute —Use heavily steamed cauliflower, garlic or garlic powder, and low fat sour cream and beat(John loves these!)
  • Quick Holiday Nog — Four bananas, 1-1/2 cups skim milk or soymilk, 1-1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon rum extract, and ground nutmeg. Blend all ingredients except nutmeg. Puree until smooth. Top with nutmeg.
  • Desserts — Make a crust-less pumpkin pie. Substitute two egg whites for each whole egg in baked recipes. Replace heavy cream with evaporated skim milk in cheesecakes and cream pies. Top cakes with fresh fruit, fruit sauce, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar instead of fattening frosting.

These tips can be used in your favorite recipes and you ‘ll be amazed how many calories and fat you can cut out of the holidays without sacrificing taste!  Have a great Thanksgiving and we’ll see you next week!

Yours in Health,

Colleen Riddle

Quick Calorie Burning Workout

Warm Up , 1 Minute jumping jacks, 30 seconds rest,  1 minute jogging in place,  30 second rest,  1 minute running stairs,  30 second rest,  1 minute jump rope (or fake rope) 30 second rest

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Holiday Survival Tips-Part 1

Can you believe the holiday season is already here?  It seems like just yesterday we were toasting champagne and talking about the year to come.  Well we blinked and it’s already here.  This is the time most of our healthy lifestyles take a step backward.  The endless parties, family gatherings and don’t forget those delicious leftovers (you know you love them)! According to a recent Weight Watchers report, the average American gains around 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.  We want to help you be better than just average, because we believe in you. First, as with any battle (and this is a battle with yourself) you must plan.  So for the next few weeks we are going to help guide you through this minefield of calories. You must have a plan! Always assume there are going to be bad choices and be prepared to work around them. Try bringing a healthy option to the party (we are known for our salads). This way you know you have a least one healthy choice.  A big part of the plan is never go to the party hungry.  Eat something light ahead of time so you can make choices with your head and not your stomach.  Another good calorie saver is to drink one water to every adult beverage you have.  This will help you keep from drinking all of your calories (not to mention staying hydrated to avoid a headache!) So in conclusion PLAN, PLAN, PLAN.

Cooking tip.

Put your gravy in the refrigerator and let it harden, then skim off the top layer of fat then reheat. This one tip can save you up to 56 grams of fat per cup. (Of course no gravy at all is the best option, but hey, it IS Thanksgiving!)

Yours in health,

Colleen Riddle


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