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‘Tis the season! A time for family and friends, cheers and jeers, laughter and love, quality time and quiet time, holidays and holy days, sweaters and snuggles, gratitude and reassessing your attitude and generous portions of fun and food!!!  We’re closing out 2016 with our holiday edition and these 2 amazing Pros: Provita Co-Founder, Danielle Karuna and Yoga & Nutrition Pro, Joanna Cutri. They are determined to help us stay on the right side of our wellness routine during this festive and full time of year!

We’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge YOU and thank you for being a part of our Provita family. Everything we are and do at Provita is in an effort to make your life healthier, happier and more balanced.

Happy Holidays!!!

With Great Love,

Danielle, Julia and Kris

 

DANIELLE KARUNA, Provita Founder and Yoga Pro LA

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With her love for yoga and her fellow yogis, Danielle co-founded Provita with her husband Kris to help better the yoga, fitness, and wellness community. Danielle has been teaching for over 8 years and embodies Buddhist and yoga philosophies in all her teachings and life lessons that she shares with her students while she continues to spread the importance of yoga, fitness, and wellness in every day life and makes it accessible to anyone anywhere at anytime. 

QUESTION #1  SINCE WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES, WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE TO AVOID OVEREATING?
Eat slowly!!! I am an avid slow eater. Take your time to really taste and chew your food. Don’t think of your fork or spoon as a shovel. Savor the entire holiday by being truly aware and mindful of what your are taking in and what you giving out-this includes food as well as conversation, energy, helping around the house, etc. Stay present to the entire experience of being with your loved ones and eating delicious home-cooked food through your senses. Give yourself the opportunity to really see, smell, taste, feel and listen.

QUESTION #2  DO YOU HAVE A FAVE HEALTHY RECIPE ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY SPREAD?
This year for Thanksgiving I made roasted kobucha squash which is just my favorite. Kobucha squash aka Japanese eggplant is seasonal and it’s in season now! It has a nutty flavor and the texture kind of reminds me of roasted chestnuts. This is a 3 ingredient recipe!

To make:
– Preheat oven to 400 degrees
– Cut open the squash, which is the hardest part, it’s a tough skin.
– Scoop out the seeds and the stringy insides.
– Cut the squash into about 1/2 inch slices
– Put all the pieces of squash in a big bowl
– Add up to 2 tablespoons of organic virgin unrefined coconut oil and salt to your liking
– Mix well, make sure each piece is coated. (I make sure I have the cleanest hands ever and toss it all around with my hands.)
– Place single file on a baking sheet lined with foil. Stick in oven for 20 minutes. Flip squash over and bake for 20 more minutes
– Make sure it’s soft and slightly browned on the outside before removing from oven
– Cool before eating
And Voila, deliciousness!

QUESTION #3  THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR. SHARE WITH US ONE THING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, THAT IS OFTEN FORGOTTEN.
I think the question is really to name one thing we should not be grateful for and we’ll find that we have absolutely everything in the world to be grateful for. We should be thankful for it all! Everything! The roofs over our heads, the food on our plates, the clothing on our backs, the clean drinking water, the air we breathe, trees, flowers, nature, community, the magic toilets that flush and make the poo go away, plumbing, the garbage bags and garbage men, the immense knowledge we have access too, education, the ability to express ourselves freely, the freedom of choice, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, sexual freedom, free will, cohesive thinking minds, functional bodies, each blessed breath we take. Even the struggles and hardships turn in to blessings and lessons so for even those tough moments, we should be immensely grateful for the growth and evolution the soul can make through the challenging times. Become present to the incredible rarity of the absolutely blessed life you lead. Take nothing for granted. And show your gratitude by giving back to others. ‘Tis the season.

JOANNA CUTRI, Yoga & Nutrition Pro NY

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QUESTION #1  SINCE WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES, WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE TO AVOID OVEREATING?

Remember that the holidays stretch over several weeks, so treat it more like a marathon than a sprint. Those extra calories add up and people really do gain weight over the holidays, and it’s not lost until during the spring and summer, making it a big part of annual weight gain for adults. I always suggest these tips to my clients to prevent overeating:
(1) Pace yourself: don’t take treats home with you, plan around holiday events by eating healthier meals throughout the day, fill your plate up with fruits and veggies up first making smaller room for more indulgent meals.

(2) Mindful eating: In order to prevent holiday weight gain, first be aware of all the temptations around you … Awareness and planning are vital!

(3) Don’t be afraid to say “No Thank you!”

QUESTION #2  DO YOU HAVE A FAVE HEALTHY RECIPE ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY SPREAD?
During the holiday festivities I always try to incorporate seasonal produce in my healthy cooking. Its pumpkin season and the options are endless. Pumpkin is one of the most widely grown vegetables incredibly rich in antioxidants and vitamins. It is less in calories yet it full in Vitamin A. Here’s one of my fave smoothies I enjoy all holiday long.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 banana, frozen
1 1/2 cups almond milk or non dairy milk of choice
1/2 tspn pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tspn vanilla extract
1 Tbspn almond butter
1 pitted Medjool date

Combine ingredients in a blender and pure until smooth. Add more liquid to reach desired consistency and enjoy!

QUESTION #3  THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR. SHARE WITH US ONE THING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, THAT IS OFTEN FORGOTTEN.
It’s a great time to be grateful for the fact that every day is chance to start over, to make better choices and to start over to have a new beginning. We are so hard on ourselves daily for the things we could have done, should have said or for slipping up in some way. Coming from a place of patience, compassion and gratitude where we are kind to ourselves first is a wonderful place to manifest long lasting change. Be grateful that no matter what, there is always a new day on the horizon regardless.

 

So inspirational, ladies! Thank you for sharing! You can view more information on Danielle and Joanna on our site here or please email us with any questions.  You can also book a session with our Provita Pros here for a personalized one-on-one session or purchase a gift certificate for your loved ones here! Happy Holidays!!

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