Here’s How to Avoid Overeating at the Party…

  • Don’t load up on appetizers and then sit down to a full meal. A plate of appetizers has the calories of a meal!
  • Look over all of your food options before beginning to eat. Choose a few of your favourites and then fill the rest of your plate with veggies and greens.
  • Be careful with drinks! Stick with only one calorie-filled drink and then switch to water.
  • Eat a sensible meal before you arrive at the party. This will cut down on party food calories.

Shopping to encourage fitness is easy and fun. Just think of how much of a boost you’ll be giving your loved one to get fit or stay fit. We’ve rounded up some great ideas that cover all price ranges. And, if you happen to get something for yourself along the way, well… it’ll be our secret.

  1. A Peloton bike. Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room. After its latest TV ad caused a controversy, Peloton says it’s not worried about sales slowing down. Its premium bike isn’t priced for everyone, of course. But if you’re in that spending tier, then why not start at the top and make it easy on yourself? Starting at $2950

    A fitness tracker. Wearable tech ranks as the No. 1 fitness trend for the coming year, and you can find devices at many price points. The Apple Watch 5 remains the gold standard with a range of activity features and even heart-monitoring technology. From $529

  2. A Theragun. These hand-held massage devices, above, made a big splash and have been showing up in gyms and studios everywhere. They offer deeper muscle treatment to soothe chronic and acute pain, release tension and soreness, and improve circulation, flexibility and sleep. From $339.
  3. Good Food Gift Box. Smoothies, soups, harvest bowls – all full of fresh, healthy ingredients – will be delivered so the recipient can mix or prepare for quick and healthy eating. Send a gift card for any amount you like!
  4. Support wear. Compression garments are available for just about every body part. A common need is in the knee joint, and the Orthosleeve Compression Knee Sleeve ranks high for support and pain relief. There are many choices depending on need, but this is a good starting point. A pair is $56.89 (with free shipping).
  5. “Destinations of a Lifetime.” Travel is one of the strongest motivations to stay in shape later in life. This magnificent photography book from National Geographic can help plan a trip or enjoy armchair adventures. Hardcover is $40.00 at McNally-Robinson
  6. Fitness Journal/Planner. Some people still prefer to write – you know, with a pen and paper – their goals, activities and feelings. We like fitbook at Indigo for $24.
  7. Lessons, classes or private training sessions. Give the gift of a new experience or expert coaching. Talk to us about options here at ProActive – Small Group or Private Training, Tai Chi or Ageless Grace. 
  8. Eat out – right. A local vegan restaurant has caught your eye. Or maybe that place with the quinoa burgers and organic salads. Make a reservation and enjoy it together! Leyda’s is one of our faves. 
  9. Your time. Of course, the best gift is your time. Take your friend or family member for a walk. Go skating or sledding. Another option – bring them in here and let us show how we can make the new year their best yet. They can get 3 FREE small group workouts in December! 

Pass the Teriyaki Meatballs!

​​​​If you are a lover of teriyaki then these subtly sweet meatballs are right up your alley! These make a wonderful appetiz er for your holiday party.

Feel free to use liquid stevia rather than the honey if you are looking for an extremely low sugar dish. However, for most of us, this small amount of healthful, raw honey is perfectly A-OK and beneficial.

Serve these tasty meatballs up as an appetiser or serve over arugula or spaghetti squash for a small, fitness-minded meal. Enjoy!

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What you need
Serves 5

  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • ¼ cup scallions, minced, plus more for garnish
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos (sub soya sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon arrowroot starch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Combine the garlic, ginger and scallions in a food processor. Pulse until well combined and finely minced.
  2. Transfer the garlic mixture to a large bowl and add the ground beef and sea salt. Use your hands to mix until well combined. Form the mixture into 20 meatballs, about an inch in diameter.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the sesame oil. Add the meatballs and cook, shaking often, until browned on all sides and cooked through. Remove the meatballs and set aside on a plate.
  4. Add the coconut aminos, honey and vinegar to the skillet. In a small bowl whisk the arrowroot starch and water together until fully dissolved. Add to the skillet, mix and simmer until the mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes. Return the meatballs to the skillet and cover in the sauce. Serve immediately, garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.

For Meatballs equals: 189 calories, 7g fat, 372mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 3g fibre, 2g sugar and 23g protein.

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1) Come in for a Custom Fitness Consultation

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2)  I have FREE Open Office Hours during the week where you can call in and speak to me about your goals.

 The call is just 15 minutes out of your week, but the insights you’ll discover could impact you for a lifetime! To schedule your FREE consultation, reply and put ‘Call’ in the subject line. We’ll set up a time that works for both of us.

3) Be my guest for a free training session.

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