Dr Oz’s Weekend Challenge
Doctor Oz’s Weekend Challenge was all about turning two days around to overhaul your health. I think it would be a great experiment for all of us to take Dr Oz’s Weekend Challenge this weekend and then to come back on Monday and talk about how it went… any improvements or things that just did not work for you? Just leave a comment below! Also, don’t forget to read about the #1 thing Dr Oz wants us to do this weekend that is guaranteed to save at least one life: Dr Oz: Prevent A Heart Attack Monday Morning.
Dr Oz: Sleeping In Late
Doctor Oz said that on Saturday mornings, many of us are tempted to sleep in late. When you wake-up at 6 am everyday during the week, you want to catch up on your sleep on Saturday. But did you ever notice that when you wake-up at noon you are even more tired? So how should we catch-up on our sleep? Dr Oz said that we should not Sleep In Late, and by late he means sometime around noon. A phenomenon called Sleep Jet Lag occurs when you do this because you mess up your body’s sleep cycle when you go back to your normal wake-up time on Monday morning.
Kate Geagan, author of Go Green Get Lean, said that her rule is Wake Up For Breakfast and Nap In The Afternoon. You should wake-up around the same time as you do during the week, though it can be a little later as long as you don’t miss breakfast. Geagan said that what really motivates her to get out of bed on the weekend is if she has a delicious Power Breakfast in mind to eat in the morning. Two of her favorite options are an egg white omelet with veggies or oatmeal with pumpkin seeds, Greek Yogurt and honey. Eating a good breakfast will also help prevent you from overeating for the rest of the day. Then in the afternoon, you can take a 20 minute nap to help you feel more refreshed and relaxed.
Dr Oz: Detox Appetizers & Rethink Your Drink
Doctor Oz’s next Weekend Challenge is for Saturday Night. Often we have our girlfriends over and catch-up with friends. We tend to eat lots of wine, junk food and desserts. As Dr Oz’s guest said “Diet Goes and Conversation Flows!” Girl’s Night Out is always lots of fun, but you can do it in a more mindful way. Here are some tips from Kate Geagan:
1. Drink 2 glasses of wine instead of 4 glasses of wine. That will save you 300 calories per night which is a total weight loss of 5 pounds in a year!
2. Your average glass of wine has 150 calories, so try replacing a glass of wine with a Vodka Soda which has less than 100 calories. You can make a Vodka Soda by mixing flavored vodka with soda water. Or how about a wine spritzer made of 4 ounces of white wine and a big splash of seltzer?
3. Slow down when you serve appetizers and bring one out at a time so that people do not go on a feeding frenzy. Start with an appetizer that has asparagus in it, because asparagus has vitamins that helps us to metabolize alcohol to prevent hangovers. Dr Oz also mentioned that asparagus has aphrodisiac qualities too!
Dr Oz: Outsmart Your Supermarket
Dr Oz’s Weekend Challenge for Sunday Morning is to avoid Mindless Grocery Shopping. All too often we focus on just getting in and out of the grocery quickly. Our kids fill our carts with cookies, ice cream, and junk food while removing the fruits and vegetables. Dr James Beckerman, a Cardiologist and author of The Flex Diet, gave the following tips to Outsmart Your Supermarket:
1. Be affordable and healthy. Shop Sunday Night, not Sunday Morning, because that is the cheapest time of the week to buy groceries.
2. A study showed that if you divide your shopping cart in half with a piece of tape and fill the front with fruits and vegetables, the back with staples like canned foods, and then use only the little seat where kids can sit to place your sweets and junk food, you will save money and be healthier!
3. Try to think about how you would design a grocery store shelf. You put the most expensive items at the eye level of adults and you put the sweet, salty, processed foods at the eye level of children. So look around more, not just at your eye level!
4. If you can, keep your kids at home when you go grocery shopping. If this is not an option, then make them work! Play a scavenger hunt game where you assign them different items to look for that you want, that way they don’t start looking for the junk food that they want.
Dr Oz: 2-4-8 Rule For Frozen Foods
Dr Oz’s Weekend Challenge for Sunday Afternoon is to Give Your House a Health Renovation. Here are the tips that Dr James Beckerman gave for how to do this:
1. Place your Over-The-Counter Medications under the counter so that you do not get tempted to take them too much. Dr Beckerman said that 90% of headaches are tension headaches from too much stress. If you press right above the bridge of your nose with two fingers, or pinch this area, you have pressure points there that can help to relieve your headache. Try this before turning to pain killers! Also, if you have back pain, first try stretching or using a heating pad. And instead of taking laxatives, increase the fiber in your diet by eating more fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water.
2. Use the 2-4-8 Rule for Frozen Foods and Microwave Meals. Look at the nutrition facts and make sure there is at least 20 grams of protein and 400 calories or less and 800 mg of sodium or less.
3. Re-organize your kitchen cabinets so that your small soup bowls and salad plates are at the front. This way you will use them more than the full size plates, and this will help you to eat less. Another great item that was featured on a different segment of Dr Oz were these bowls with markings on the inside of them so that you know exactly how much you are eating. Click here to read a review about those bowls: Measure Up Bowl Review.
Don’t forget to come back Monday and leave a comment below with how things went for you with Dr Oz’s Weekend Challenge!