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    Check out this healthy, anti-oxidant rich recipe submitted by Southern Plastic Surgery patient and Life After the Fight member JoAnn Stegagno.  JoAnn is a personal chef who specializes in preparing anti-cancer and healing recipes through her company Dinner’s Ready!

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    Oven Roasted Winter Vegetables

    Servings: 8
    1- 1/4 pound(s) rutabaga
    1 pound(s) carrot
    1 pound(s) onion
    1 pound(s) yam, fresh
    15 large garlic cloves, whole
    7 sage leaves. fresh, whole
    4 rosemary sprigs, fresh
    4 tablespoon(s) olive oil

    Directions:

    • Place a large roasting pan in oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
    • Peel rutabagas, carrots, onions, and yams.
    • Cut vegetables into large pieces (make yam pieces larger than the other vegetables so they will cook faster.)
    • Place vegetables in a large bowl with whole, un-peeled garlic cloves and fresh herbs. Mix well.
    • Separate out the herbed yams and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil.   Toss yams in the olive oil to coat and set aside.
    • Drizzle remaining 2 tbsp olive oil over the herbed rutabagas, onions, and carrots. Toss to coat well.
    • Remove heated roasting pan from oven. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to the pan and place herbed rutabagas, onions, carrots, and unpeeled garlic onto the pan (keep yams separate).
    • Season mixture with salt and pepper.
    • Roast vegetables for about 20 minutes.
    • Remove pan from oven and add herbed yams.
    • Return pan to oven and roast vegetables until tender when pierced with fork (about 30 to 40 minutes) stirring occasionally with a spatula.

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    Exercising during the Holidays

    The holidays are a time for celebrating, spending time with family, and enjoying traditions; which usually includes eating your favorite foods. People tend to gorge over the holidays and devise New Year’s resolutions to lose the weight gained during the holiday season. Southern Plastic Surgery has some simple tips for these weight concerns: exercise during the holiday season so you won’t dig yourself into a deeper hole, or consider the benefits of cosmetic surgery procedures like liposuction, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), or other weight loss procedures if you exercise regularly but still have problem areas.

    Even if you’re considering a cosmetic surgery procedure, it is still important to exercise. There are many obstacles that cause people to stray from their workout programs during the holidays. Here are some tips for staying fit and motivated this holiday season:

    • Be creative: Holidays mean traveling to who knows where to shop and visit friends and family, so don’t expect that you will be able to do your usual routine. Take extra clothes with you wherever you go and make the time to work out.

    • Make a plan: People tend to have everything planned out during the holidays, so don’t forget to incorporate your workout plans. This means deciding on a time, place, type of workout, etc.

    • Set goals: Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions and set some goals, maybe even enter a holiday road race with some of your loved ones. Setting goals is important and beneficial, but they need to be realistic. There’s no need to set yourself up for sure disappointment.

    • Don’t let one off day throw you off track: Everyone has days that they slip up on their workout routine, but people need to be cautious, and get back on schedule the next day rather than dwelling on their slip up and doing nothing. In fact, to make it easier, schedule a day off from your workout plan to rest, just be sure to practice self-control and start again the next day.

    •  Make a back-up fitness plan: Nothing ever goes exactly as planned. Just remain flexible and have a back-up plan. That way, you can enjoy time at family gatherings and not fret missing a workout.

    • Plan family fitness outings: Walk to see the lights around your neighborhood, play touch football in the yard, go ice skating, or go on a shopping spree with the girls. Don’t be lazy! Incorporate exercise into your plans, even if it’s not the main goal of the outing.

    • Do what you can where you are: Maybe your flight gets delayed and nothing goes as planned? Don’t use life as an excuse to just sit around and complain. Find a space and stretch, do pushups, sit ups, or walk the terminal.

    • Make good food choices: Holiday foods are notoriously packed with calories.  It’s fine to enjoy these foods in moderation, but it’s important to not overindulge. People often make the mistake of not eating all day so that they can let loose at a holiday party. Dr. Whiteman recommends eating a healthy snack before going out to avoid eating extra calories to compensate for your hunger. Exercising in the morning will also help you relax more and provide some calorie wiggle room at the party.

    Staying fit over the holidays is all about self-control and moderation. Dr. Whiteman believes that exercise is an important part in overall health and wellness, and plastic surgery should not replace any exercise plan. Exercise, along with improving overall health, can also improve your plastic surgery results. For information on health and wellness and plastic surgery, visit our website, and keep reading the blog.