Healthy For The Holidays

Healthy For The Holidays

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in the eye of a hurricane? Back to school came in like a beast, and now you’re stuck in the calm before the storm (Thanksgiving is just 6 weeks away – ah!). Many of us have fallen off the nutrition and fitness wagon in recent months, so why not use the lull before the holiday mayhem to build back your healthy habits?

Check out these 3 easy tips to get you back on the wagon before the holidays:

  1. Start your holiday exercise habit now. Let’s face it – starting an exercise program during the holidays is not all that realistic. Think about where you want to be with your health and wellness on Thanksgiving in 6 weeks and start NOW! Maybe it’s working towards exercising 3 days per week, or maybe it’s running in your local Turkey Trot. Either way, you have 42 days to make it a habit. Ready. Set. Go!
  2. Meal plan like a boss. Once holiday parties start cluttering up your calendar, it is going to be very important to have your meal planning skills down pat. Does planning 21 meals for the week stress you out? Try starting with dinners only and build from there.
  3. Find healthy holiday recipes. If you already know what your holiday plans look like, start looking up and trying out healthy holiday recipes. Vegetable side dishes like green beans and slivered almonds, sautéed carrots, and roasted Brussels sprouts are always a good place to start. Check out the new Blush Nutrition Fall eBook for an awesome healthy apple crumble pie recipe as well!

Want to know more? Ask Brittany about her custom meal planning and nutrition coaching packages to help you reach your goals and stay on track during the holidays! 

 

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Q&A with Brittany L. Jones, MS, RD, LD

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Get to know the owner of Blush Nutrition!

What made you want to work in wedding wellness?

I wanted to work with brides, grooms, their families and best friends because I know what they are going through! I know what the pressure feels like to balance work, wedding planning and wellness – unfortunately wellness sometimes falls out of the equation because there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I want to make starting out as your best self in your new life as a married couple as easy as possible!

How many weddings have you been to?

I have attended 18 weddings, including my own I guess it’s 19 now! When we got in the car in the end of the night my husband said “that was my favorite wedding ever.” It was too cute!

What kind of services do you offer?

I offer meal planning and nutrition counseling as packages of 3 or 6 sessions, combined with unlimited phone and email access. I also offer a la carte services such as grocery shopping, healthy pantry raids/refrigerator organization and grocery shopping and delivery.

You said you are a newly wed, when and where did you get married?

I married my husband Trevor on April 29th, 2017 in Mt. Pleasant, SC (Charleston area). We found the most amazing historic and natural venue right on the Charleston Harbor – it really was the best day ever!

What made you want to be a dietitian?

I actually started out as a physical therapy major at a small school in Connecticut when I realized that I wanted to work in preventative medicine and wellness. I took several cooking classes in my senior year of high school and really developed a passion for cooking and people that I just could not shake. I only lasted one semester before I transferred and changed my major to nutrition.

Where did you go to school?

I receiving my Bachelor’s in Nutrition Science and Dietetics from Syracuse University in 2010, with a Minor in Hospitality Management. I then attended the Medical University of South Carolina for my ACEND Accredited Dietetic Internship to become a Registered Dietitian and graduated in 2011. I just recently graduated with my Master’s in Health Communications from Boston University in December of 2016.

What’s the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian has qualifications that must be met, while nutritionists do not. These qualifications make them the food and nutrition expert – they include:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with course work including food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management, business, economics, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry
  • Completed an accredited dietetic internship
  • Passed the national Registered Dietitian examination
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration (75 every 5 years)

What is your professional background in?

I started out my career in outpatient nutrition counseling focused on weight loss, heart disease and diabetes. I focused on one-on-one and couples counseling, as well as group classes and food demonstrations. I then branched out into health communications and worked as both a social media manager and a content marketing manager. In addition to Blush Nutrition, I am currently working as a dietitian in corporate wellness.

How did you meet your husband?

Long story short, Trevor and I met at the Greenville Zoo. Not because we just love animals (although we do), but more so because we love wine. The charity event we were both attending was called Sippin’ Safari. I thought he was cute and asked him to take a picture of my friends and I – the rest is history!

Beach or mountains?

I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains and moved here six years ago now, but I have to say I cried the entire way from Charleston. I love life in our city of Greenville, but I hope that I will make it back to living on the beach again one day!

What is your favorite kind of wine?

Sauvignon Blanc all day er day.

Do you have any fur babies?

Yes – Lilly Jones! Lilly is a golden collie mix that my husband rescued seven years ago. She is beautiful, too energetic, smart and loves to cuddle. I don’t know what I would do without a dog, and you will probably see her a lot on our Instagram page.

What is your favorite movie?

My absolute favorite movie of all time is The Parent Trap (’98 the Lindsay Lohan version). It actually has an amazing soundtrack and our recessional song at our wedding was “This will be” because of the wedding in this movie.

Anyone who knows me knows that I watch pretty much the same 10 movies over and over again. They include: The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride 1&2, When Harry Met Sally, The Wedding Planner, SATC the Movie, The Holiday, Somethings Gotta Give, Sweet Home Alabama and Sleepless in Seattle.

Want to know more about Blush Nutrition? Email Brittany.

Photography: Jenna Marie Weddings

 

Skinny Cucumber Gin Fizz

Blush Nutrition Skinny Cucumber Gin Fizz

As I sit here and write this blog post in 95 degree heat with our power out (Duke Energy help!) I can’t help but dream up refreshing, guilt free cocktails!

One of the questions on my bridal shower questionnaire was “what is Brittany’s favorite vegetable?” Obviously this stumped everyone, because no dietitian really has one favorite vegetable, however I said a cucumber because I love that you can both eat and drink it! Not to mention cucumber + gin = everything. 

If you haven’t heard of Spindrift Water yet, you are in for an awesome surprise! We had been making seltzer water cocktails for quite some time now, but the real juice in Splindrift makes it so much more flavorful and refreshing. Also, cucumber + gin = everything.

Check out my recipe for this perfect hot summer night cocktail that totally fits into your healthy lifestyle. It tastes like a craft cocktail, but only has 3 ingedients!

Skinny Cucumber Gin Fizz

Serves: 1

(123 calories)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5oz Gin
  • 0.5oz St. Germain
  • 4oz Spindrift Cucumber Seltzer

Directions

  1. Add 4-5 ice cubes to a low ball glass.
  2. Add the gin, St. Germain and seltzer. Stir.
  3. Enjoy!!

 

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