How To Avoid Gaining Weight This Thanksgiving and Holiday Season

 

Thanksgiving Blog

Hey guys,

For my readers in America, we know that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Although this is a time to reflecting on things we are grateful for,  for most the highlight is the food.  Holiday eating often makes us pack on the pounds before the new year. Well, to avoid tipping the scale, here are some tips to keep your waistline in check this Thanksgiving.

1.Choose Only The Things That You REALLY Love  to Eat:

Oftentimes we become so gluttonous with the bounty of food at our display. However, more likely than not you really don’t care too much for that green bean casserole or dish that you just put on your plate. Be selective of what you eat. For example, if there’s a certain specialty dish that you know you’ll only eat during the holidays, by all means, eat it.  But don’t get in the habit of eating everything just because it’s there.

2.  Watch Your Portion Sizes

I’m a big believer of eating things in moderation. I totally understand. It’s the holidays,  great food will be present. BUT,  when you do eat things that are decadent, be cautious of how much you eat.  That means put the cap on 1-2 plates a meal.  Also, if something is very rich and fattening,  get half the size of a regular serving. At the end of the day are you going to choose your tastebuds or your health.

3.  Choose Your Favorite Dessert, That’s All

I have a sweet tooth, but I have to watch out for eating sugary foods in excess to prevent diabetes. So, this year I’m not going to skip out on dessert. But, I will choose the dessert that I want the most and call it a day. Sugar adds up and can really do a lot of havoc on your body.

Those are my main tips for avoiding weight gain during the holidays. If you have any questions or tips of your own, please feel free to reach out to me via the comments and contact section.

Have  a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Love,

Abisola XoXo

 

4 Reasons Why “This Is Us” Rocks

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Hey guys,

How are you all doing? I hope all is well. Today’s post has been on my mind since season 1 of the NBC show “This Is Us.” To make a disclaimer, I’m not a TV show fanatic. There are few shows out there that truly suck me in and make me want to binge. However,  I have to say that “This Is Us” is undoubtedly one of the best shows on TV now.  From drama, to love, to humor, and suspense, this show will keep you glued to the screen. So without further a due, let’s get into why this show truly rocks.

1. Heartwarming Without The Cheese

This show’s plot will definitely pull at your heart strings. It takes the prize for compassion and sentimental value.  For those of you who feel as though that will be a cheesy snooze fest, you are definitely wrong. Although the show is heartwarming, it is realistic and touches on things that will ignite your inner sensitivities.  You will probably feel emotionally connected to every single character.  Everyone of them have struggles that are real and relatable.

2.  Plot Twists and Suspense

The level of plot intricacy in this show is phenomenal.  When you think you have a hunch on what is going on, you’re hunch will shortly be refuted.  Also, watching consecutive episodes don’t necessarily mean consecutive plot buildup. You may experience a cliffhanger in one episode and then the next they’ll leave you hanging. Sometimes this can be frustrating, but it always keeps you on your toes. No two episodes are alike.

 

3.  Touches On Real Issues

“This is Us” is not just fluff and sentiment. It tackles serious issues that effect society and people.  It never sugarcoats things but gives honest and realistic interpretations of problems.

4.  Diversity and Black Love

One of the real issues the show touches on is social issues and racism. Randall,  one of my favorite characters is a black man. I love how they portray him as intelligent, successful and hard-working. However,  the icing on the cake is his beautiful love story with his black queen of a wife Beth. It is refreshing to see the positive portrayal of black love without drama, scheming, and divorce.

There is also diversity in character’s body image. Kate is a character who struggles with obesity.  It’s important for show’s to have storylines for plus-sized individuals.

 

I hope that you all consider watching “This is Us”. It has touched me in so many ways.

 

I pray that each and everyone of your are blessed and have a wonderful day.

 

With Love,

Abisola XoXo

Living Your “Best Life”

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Hey guys!

Happy New Month! How have you all been doing? It’s November and I am so thrilled.  I feel like I say this in every post, but this year is truly zooming. With only 2 full months left in the year, this topic is very vital.

I’m sure nowadays you  have heard people saying things like “Wow, that girl is out here living her best life.” Or something like, “Don’t mind me, I’m living my best life.” Recently, I jokingly made the comment that DJ Khaled’s son Asahd, is truly living his best life.  Have you seen his first birthday party? Out here thriving.

In all seriousness, I wanted to share my opinion on what “living your best life” means.

Here is what I’ve come up with for what living your best life means, and how you can do it.

1.When You Have Spiritual Clarity:

I chose this as the number one indicator of living your best life because without it, problems can arise in every other area of your life.  When you have peace in God,  everything else will fall in place.  My pastor recently talked about a lifestyle of blessing.  It’s not necessarily materially, but when you have clarity in your spirituality, emotional, and physical blessings will come.  Living your best life spiritually means growth in your relationship with God.  It also means having genuine joy in all areas of your life.

 

2. When You Stop Caring About What Others Think About You:

You are truly living your best life when other’s opinions of you don’t affect you. Your life becomes so much more joyful when you have the confidence to know WHO you are and WHOSE you are.  Nigerian artist “Simi”  has a song called “Original Baby.” There’s a line in the song that goes “You can never satisfy society… No matter the pressure be yourself.”  I could not say it better than that.  Some people are going to like you, and others won’t. It doesn’t really matter, as long as you are happy in yourself.

 

3.  Experiencing Life To It’s Fullest:

Although I consider people who have the opportunity to travel and explore the world as living their best lives,  doing so as a college student is unrealistic for me (financially).  That hasn’t stopped me from living my best life though.  Take the resources that you do have and make the most out of every day.

For example, try new restaurants,  visit museums,  have an outdoor adventure, learn a new skill or language.

You don’t have to be making bank to live your best life. Make due with what you can.

 

I hope that this was able to give you a better understanding of living your best life. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, let me know in the contact section or comments.  In fact, let me know how you all are living your best life.

I hope you have a phenomenal day.

 

Stay Blessed,

Abisola