Making New Year’s Resolutions and Sticking to Them

Time after time we make New Year’s resolutions with the goal of improving our lives within the next year.  We have the best intentions in thinking this year will be different: we will get our finances straightened out this year; we will start exercising and eating healthier this year, etc.  With the help of Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman and personal trainer Daryl Madison, this year can be different.  Dr. Whiteman believes diet and exercise go hand in hand with plastic surgery because they both enhance quality of life. Daryl, the founder of Atlanta personal training company Lifestyle fitness and developer of the Chair-A-Cise workout program, has been helping to enhance the lives of Atlantans for nearly a decade.

As one could probably guess, diet and weight loss resolutions are at the top of many 2011 resolution lists. One problem with these resolutions is that most people are unsure where to start. When people start a workout program, they are either afraid to do too much and don’t do enough, or over-do it the first day, making the next few workouts harder than they should be. If you want to get in shape this year, we suggest starting at your doctor’s office. It is important to know what physical shape you are in before you start a new work out program. Once you speak to your doctor, find a program that will ease you into a routine: a progressive system like Daryl’s Chair-A-Cise fitness program may be a good place to start.

Chair-A-Cise is suitable for people of all ages and all fitness levels. More experienced athletes can simply add weight to increase their workout.  Daryl suggests that beginners start out with no (or minimal) weight.  There are four DVDs in the Chair-A-Cise program: the original Chair-A-Cise, Chair-A-Cise 2, Chair-A-Cise Abs, and Chair-A-Cise Turbo.  Each of these DVDs can be purchased on the Chair-A-Cise website, individually or as a package.  While the Chair-a-cise package is an investment, Daryl reminds his client that it’s easier to stay motivated about exercise when you incorporate multiple routines into your workout plan.

If your diet is also in need of a little revision, Daryl also has a selection of 3 day, 6 day, and 10 week quick weight loss plans to jump-start your healthy lifestyle this year.  Dr. Whiteman recommends Chair-A-Cise to plastic surgery patients who are looking for an easy to follow workout routine or just a better way to get in shape.  Because plastic surgery patients must take time to rest after surgery their fitness routines are often interrupted.  Chair-A-Cise can help them ease back into regular exercise after a major procedure (after a board certified plastic surgeon gives them permission to commence).

So this is your year to redeem yourself by sticking to your resolutions.  If your resolutions are to get rid of wrinkles or reclaim your pre-baby body, be sure to contact Dr. Whiteman’s office to schedule your consultation for facial rejuvenation, facelift, or mommy makeover surgery.  For more information on plastic surgery procedures Dr. Whiteman offers, please visit his website and keep reading the blog for health and wellness and plastic surgery news.

Indulge in a Festive, Healthy Holiday Breakfast Recipe

During the rest of the year it’s nearly impossible to get the whole family together for breakfast; but during the holidays, big, unhealthy breakfasts become a tradition.  With a focus on health and wellness, this season, Southern Plastic Surgery suggests that you give your family the festive breakfast they want with fewer calories and less fat.  Dr. Whiteman believes plastic surgery patients should start with a healthy lifestyle to optimize their plastic surgery results.  Try this low fat French toast recipe topped with a Winter Fruit Sizzle that was submitted by one of Dr. Whiteman’s Facebook fans and adapted from www.foodfit.com.

 

Winter Fruit Sizzle

Servings:  4

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried apricots,chopped
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup pecans

Directions:

  • In a small skillet, heat the cranberry juice, cranberries, apricots and cinnamon and allow to simmer until the fruit has soaked up the liquid and becomes plump (about 10 minutes).
  • Once the fruit becomes plump, add the pecans and maple syrup. Allow to boil, and then take it off the heat.

Nutritional Info:

Serving Size: about 1/2 cup
Number of Servings: 4
Calories 440, Carbohydrate 87 g, Fat 10 g, Fiber 6 g, Protein 3 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Sodium 3 mg

Lower-Fat French Toast

Servings: 4

  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • peanut oil, as needed
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread, slightly stale

Directions:

  • Whisk the egg substitute, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla until thoroughly mixed.
  • Heat a well-greased griddle or large frying pan with peanut oil until hot (not smoking).
  • Soak the slices of bread in the egg mixture until moistened. Place the soaked slices on the griddle. Excess egg mixture can be thrown out.
  • When the bottoms are golden brown, flip with a spatula and brown the other side. Keep them in a warm oven until ready to serve.

Nutritional Info:

Serving Size: 2 slices French toast
Number of Servings: 4
Calories 259, Carbohydrate 41 g, Fat 7 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 9 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Sodium 355 mg

Visit our website to learn more about plastic surgery, and continue reading our blog for more on health and wellness. If you have a favorite healthy recipe, share it with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook.

Healthy and Savory Oven Roasted Winter Vegetables

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!

For exercise advice for the beginner or the advanced athlete, visit personal trainer Daryl Madison’s website at chairacise.com.

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.