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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Fitness surviving the festive seaon

 Christmas Fitness Surviving the Festive Season
Are you going to let the 12 days of Christmas over indulging take it’s toll on your waist line ? Here’s 12 healthy tips to help you beat the weight gain that will serve you all year long.

1. Take one-third off. Most American restaurant portions are huge, when you eat dinner out, reduce the temptation to clean your plate. Get into the habit of setting aside one-third of your meal. Ask the server for a doggie bag, and take it home for lunch the next day. Try serving yourself one-third less at home too. This simple tactic could subtract more than 500 calories a day from your diet.

2. Drink more water. I recommend at least 8 glasses a day, you really can’t have too much especially if you are on a high protein diet as protein needs a lot more water than carbohydrates to digest properly. People often mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like noshing, reach for water first. Drinking also helps you feel full, dehydration slows everything in your bodies system down and leaves you feeling tired, want more energy and to lose weight? Reach for the water.

3. Be smart with the alcohol. Remember that alcohol is a source of empty calories. A 12-ounce beer has 150 calories; a 3.5-ounce glass of wine, 85. A margarita or fancy cocktail packs a bigger caloric punch. Even worse offenders are creamy cocktails, equivalent to drinking a rich dessert. I’m not saying don’t have a drink over the festive period but consider making smarter alcohol choices. A great habit to get into is drinking a glass of water every second or third drink and a pint before you go to sleep, which will also help with the hangover and dehydration, have I mentioned how good water is for you?

4. Have a “party plan.” When attending a party, offer to bring a plate. Arriving armed with chopped fresh veggies and a low-fat dip — or any other low-calorie snack — ensures that you’ll have something to snack on without feeling guilty and keeps you on course for your fitness goals.

5. Stay away from sodas and shop bought fruit juice. Soda’s are a major source of empty calories in the American and English diet. Full of sugar and even the diet ones are full of chemicals that will stimulate your appetite and make you eat more! (who knew) Shop bought fruit juice can contain just as much sugar and don’t even get me started on the preservatives and processing. You want fruit juice great, use a juicer it’s the only way to guarantee your drinking something healthy. Also fluids don’t satisfy your appetite as well as solids. A study at Purdue University found that when people were fed 450 sugar calories daily as jelly beans or as soda, the soda drinkers gained a significant amount of weight, but the jelly-bean eaters compensated for the extra calories by cutting back on other food. So if you crave something sweet, you’re better off chewing it than gulping it.

6. Eat more often. People who have kept their weight off for more than a few years tend to eat an average of four to five times a day. I don’t mean 5 huge dinners this includes healthy snacks. Light, frequent meals curb your appetite, boost your energy, and even improve your mood. Does eating more often speed your metabolism? Well opinions vary what I can tell you is (eating healthy) it helps balance your blood sugar which avoids the insulin spikes which will help you lose weight which is the same end result and even the process of digestion itself burns calories.

7. Count to 10. Studies suggest that the average craving lasts only about 10 minutes. So step away from the chocolate digestives and before caving in to your urge, set your mental timer for a 10-minute time-out. Use the time to tackle an item on your to-do list; choose one that will give you a sense of accomplishment — and get you out of the kitchen.

8. Up your protein especially at breakfast (a little). Research suggests that protein prolongs the feeling of fullness better than carbohydrates or fats do. Studies in Scotland, Denmark, Sweden and England found that people who ate a high-protein breakfast or lunch were less hungry at their next meal. Protein also requires a few more calories to digest.

9. Make weekly resolutions. Don’t try to overhaul your diet overnight. If you make too many changes at once, chances are you’ll get frustrated and throw in the towel. Instead, make one change a week, such as stop drinking soda or eating more salad then gradually over time you will eventually cut out the bad and build up the good.

10. Make smart substitutions. Look for nutritious low-calorie alternatives to sugary, high-fat treats. Get a little education on what’s making people gain weight. Some fats are healthy processed food and sugar is the real villain of the piece. 

11. Relax! Some people binge eat when they’re stressed. A Yale University study found that women who secreted the most cortisol (a hormone released during stress) ate the most high-fat food after stress. The combination of cortisol and insulin prompts the body to store fat in preparation for possible starvation — just what you don’t need. Don’t let stress have a stranglehold on your life, try exercise or meditation, and find time to chill out.

12. Exercise. The benefits of exercise are endless, not just for your body but for your mind and spirit as well. Be it muscle gain, fat loss, cardio respiratory health or performance or just that feel good healthy feeling. It stimulants the happy hormones in your brain and system like serotonin responsible for regulating our moods, dopamine which helps with mental alertness and clarity and endorphins which reduce anxiety. Exercise is generally the first thing that any therapists or psychiatrists will try to encourage you to do for these reasons.

So I hope you have found these 12 holiday tips helpful, if you are interested in working with a trainer (hint hint) who can build you a personalized training plan incorporating all of the above tailored to your specific goals please give me a call. 
EXCLUSIVELY FOR BRITS IN LA offering 40% discounts for January. The next blog is going to be about winning the battle of the bulge and shifting any excess holiday weight. Until then train hard, train smart, eat clean and get lean. For more information on personal training feel free to contact me on Tel 310 279   8117, email Body Possible or visit Body Possible Website 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Brits On Stage

(and a few Irish ones!) 

NICK WARREN
Sound

December 15th
Tickets Here

THE ENGLISH BEAT
Saint Rocke
December 26th
Tickets Here

PROK & FITCH
SOUND

January 19th
Tickets Here

JAMIE CULLUM
Largo
January 24th
Tickets Here

SPANDAU BALLET
The Wiltern

January 24th 2015
January 25th 2015
Get tickets here

STEVE COOKE
The Mint
January 29th
Tickets here

BUSH
The Wiltern
January 31st
Tickets Here

GAVIN JAMES 
opening for
SEINABO SEY
The Masonic Lodge
FEBRUARY 4TH
Tickets Here


LLOYD COLE
Largo

February 7th
Tickets Here

BILLY IDOL
The Wiltern

February 18th
Tickets here

BEATLES vs STONES
House of Blues (Anaheim)
February 27th, 2015
Tickets Here

JESSIE WARE
The Wiltern

April 8th
Tickets Here

DAMIEN RICE
The Greek

April 24th
Get tickets here

THE SCRIPT
The Wiltern

June 2nd, 2015
Tickets Here

U2
Four Nights at The Forum!
PRESALE: December 4th
GENERAL : December 8th
SHOWS: May 26th-31st
Tickets Here

THE WHO
Honda Center - Sept 16th 2015
Staples Center - Sept 21st 2015
Tickets for Honda Center here
Tickets for Staples Center here

Fundraiser for HMS Victory - Introducing The 'Face of Nelson'

On 6th April 2015 the Museum will be holding their inaugural fundraising event in Los Angeles in conjunction with Cunard Lines. The fundraising luncheon will be held on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria, during her stay in San Pedro. The event is being held in aid of the multimillion pound campaign required for the preservation and conservation of HMS Victory, arguably the world’s most famous war ship and an international symbol of democracy. 

As you can imagine this is an extremely exciting time for the Museum, particularly as we expand our fundraising into the USA and work to save this vital piece of British history. One of the most exciting aspects of the event is that the ‘Face of Nelson’ will be present at the dinner.

The ‘Face of Nelson’ is a life mask cast from Nelson’s face in 1798 whilst he was in Naples. This plaster mask of the face of Lord Nelson may show us more accurately than ever before how Nelson looked at the height of his fame. This mask is only one of four in the world, with this mask being the only one able to enter the USA. Making this a truly unique and special event, as we bring a significant part of British history to the United States.


If you are interested in attending the event, or in event sponsorship please contact Emma Strong at emma.strong@nmrn.org.uk


Weekly Horoscope from Anne Shaw


Stargazing with Annie Shaw

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ARIES.
The financial situation for you could be getting a boost as early as mid week arrives 
Look for an opportunity to add to your bank account this is a good possibility. Its a also good week for a gamble of sorts.

TAURUS
The sun in your cousin sign of Capricorn starting this week coming will bring some stability in any area you need it even if it is only a mind set to turn around. After 
Christmas week will start a new cycle for you altogether.

GEM
 Your boss Mercury has turned forward to complete what has transpired in your life these past few months. You will be travelling mentally or otherwise to a place that has memories in plenty.

 CAN
Movement is good for you and this week its all around you and in the family also.
Be strong and understand you can do what ever you wish the clue is to make sure you don’t hold on to feeling or things that are not positive.

LEO.
Emotional issues could hold you back from enjoying this last weeks of the year
So tackle what is to do and make it your priority and spend time relaxing not stressing on what is not possible.

VIR
As this week moves forward fast be sure you are ready and willing to get going on your particular plan for the holidays. .If it is a change in work or home this will work well if you go with the flow not against it

LIB
With Mercury going forward in the part of your life that demands you make decisions its not easy as you could be quite indecisive this week. However if you leave things as they are currently you will have to scramble in the end.

SCOR
You are ready for action and as this current planet lineup will assists you to complete what is needed you will be dressed and ready to party this week ahead .A person from your past could join you!!

SAG,
You could be feeling a bit moody or out of sorts due to Mercury acting up in you area of deep feelings .Know this, what you reap is what you sow and this would be a good time to start thinking positive in all areas

CAP
Your financial situation is still not what you want, however in order to achieve a positive flow of  cash you must be prepared to look at how you think you are .If you are feeling in lack then it will continue .Wake up with the outlook of all things are possible. Happy Birthday

AQU
.Its your decision on how you start the coming new year .If you want to change any thing as is normal be sure to clear out of your life what is dead wood and leave the space ready to be filled by what you do really need or desire 


PISC

You may be specially accident prone this week and next so take it easy when out and about .If you need extra cash be sure and have a flutter before new year as this a lucky period financially  for you . You will need to hold back on spending until after the holidays.

If you would like a private reading with Anne you can contact her via Email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com
or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
Tarot and astrology! She is offering the following discounts
Brits in LA members $85

MEET A MEMBER - NADIA WIT

Meet Nadia Wit from Santa Barbara who moved to LA to act. 
photography: Deihdra Fahey
Was there a particular reason you chose LA ? It was 80 miles from my home town and I was 17 years old.

What one thing do you miss from home?  How about I will tell you what I miss about LA when I leave.... The California fresh fusion cuisine! 

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Santa Barbara ?   California is a beautiful state... You can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon with only a 2 hour drive in between. Santa Barbara is known for its 5 beaches and wine country and although its only an hour and a half drive, there is certainly a lot of differences in the culture.
Santa Barbara : Coastal Traveler.com

I love the diversity of Los Angeles and how amazing the service is because we are all way too qualified for our day jobs and pursuing something greater. I love that your UBER driver has a PhD and no one blinks an eye at that.  Santa Barbara is very romantic and laid back. Its a great place to visit and I highly recommend going there for a weekend be it camping at El Capitan beach or staying at the incredibly beautiful and dog friendly Bacara Resort. While you are in Santa Barbara you should pick up one of my parent's beautifully hand crafted stain glass kaleidoscopes by Ultimate Reflections at the Art Walk on Sundays. 
Ultimate Reflections









Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?   
  I LOVE Dia de Muertos festival at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery www.ladayofthedead.com 
and dance class at EDGE PAC

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ? 
1) Non LA People think LA people are flaky  but its really just because we don't have a subway system and traffic accounts for our daily decisions whether we can get from where we are to where we are suppose to be. The truth is a friend you make today will be a forever friend even if you don't see them for a decade cause you live in Santa Monica and they live in Eagle Rock. 

2) Get involved in a group like Brits in LA and take advantage of the great classes in your field

3)  Have a a bit of savings for parking tickets and fender benders that are not your fault. 

Lastly , how can we find out more about you ? Are you on the Internet ? 


Thursday, December 11, 2014

LIST OF BRITISH NOMINEES FOR SAG AND GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

CONGRATS TO ALL BRITISH NOMINEES:




GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES

Best Motion Picture- Drama

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Benedict CumberbatchThe Imitation Game
David OyelowoSelma
Eddie RedmayneThe Theory of Everything

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Pride

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy:

Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

*Television*

Best Television Series - Drama

Game of Thrones
Downton Abbey

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

Clive Owen, The Knick
Dominic West,The Affair

Best Performance by an Actor in Comedy Series

Ricky GervaisDerek

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Joanne FroggattDownton Abbey

Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Martin Freeman, Fargo

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alan CummingGood Wife
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards


British Nominees are highlighted in yellow

Theatrical Motion Pictures


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE




THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL 

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THE IMITATION GAME 

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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING 

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE


STEVE CARELL 

FOXCATCHER

John du Pont 


BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH 

THE IMITATION GAME

Alan Turing 


JAKE GYLLENHAAL 

NIGHTCRAWLER

Louis Bloom 


MICHAEL KEATON 

BIRDMAN

Riggan


EDDIE REDMAYNE 

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Stephen Hawking 


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE


JENNIFER ANISTON 

CAKE

Claire Bennett 


FELICITY JONES 

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Jane Hawking 


JULIANNE MOORE 

STILL ALICE

Alice Howland


ROSAMUND PIKE 

GONE GIRL

Amy Dunne 


REESE WITHERSPOON 

WILD

Cheryl Strayed 


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE


ROBERT DUVALL 

THE JUDGE

Joseph Palmer


ETHAN HAWKE 

BOYHOOD

Mason, Sr.


EDWARD NORTON

BIRDMAN

Mike


MARK RUFFALO

FOXCATCHER

Dave Schultz 


J.K. SIMMONS 

WHIPLASH

Fletcher


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 


PATRICIA ARQUETTE 

BOYHOOD

Olivia


KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

THE IMITATION GAME

Joan Clarke 


EMMA STONE

BIRDMAN

Sam


MERYL STREEP 

INTO THE WOODS

The Witch


NAOMI WATTS 

ST. VINCENT

Daka

Television


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES


BOARDWALK EMPIRE 

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DOWNTON ABBEY

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GAME OF THRONES 

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HOMELAND

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HOUSE OF CARDS 

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES


THE BIG BANG THEORY 

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BROOKLYN NINE-NINE 

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MODERN FAMILY 

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK 


VEEP


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES


STEVE BUSCEMI 

BOARDWALK EMPIRE

Enoch “Nucky” Thompson 


PETER DINKLAGE 

GAME OF THRONES

Tyrion Lannister 


WOODY HARRELSON 

TRUE DETECTIVE

Martin Hart


MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY 

TRUE DETECTIVE

Rust Cohle 


KEVIN SPACEY 

HOUSE OF CARDS

Francis Underwood 


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES


CLAIRE DANES

HOMELAND

Carrie Mathison 


VIOLA DAVIS 

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

Annalise Keating 


JULIANNA MARGULIES 

THE GOOD WIFE

Alicia Florrick 


TATIANA MASLANY 

ORPHAN BLACK

Various


MAGGIE SMITH 

DOWNTON ABBEY

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham 


ROBIN WRIGHT 

HOUSE OF CARDS

Claire Underwood 


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES


TY BURRELL 

MODERN FAMILY 

Phil Dunphy 


LOUIS C.K.

LOUIE

Louie


WILLIAM H. MACY 

SHAMELESS

Frank Gallagher 


JIM PARSONS 

THE BIG BANG THEORY

Sheldon Cooper 


ERIC STONESTREET 

MODERN FAMILY 

Cameron Tucker 


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES


UZO ADUBA 

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren 


JULIE BOWEN 

MODERN FAMILY

Claire Dunphy


EDIE FALCO 

NURSE JACKIE

Jackie Peyton 


JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS 

VEEP

Vice President Selina Meyer 


AMY POEHLER 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Leslie Knope 


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES


ADRIEN BRODY 

HOUDINI

Harry Houdini


MARK RUFFALO 

THE NORMAL HEART

Ned Weeks 


BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH 

SHERLOCK: HIS LAST VOW

Sherlock Holmes 


RICHARD JENKINS 

OLIVE KITTERIDGE

Henry Kitteridge 


BILLY BOB THORNTON 

FARGO

Lorne Malvo 


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES


ELLEN BURSTYN

FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC

Olivia Foxworth


MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL 

THE HONORABLE WOMAN

Nessa Stein


FRANCES MCDORMAND 

OLIVE KITTERIDGE

Olive Kitteridge 


JULIA ROBERTS 

THE NORMAL HEART

Dr. Emma Brookner 


CICELY TYSON 

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

Carrie Watts 

Honors for Stunt Ensembles


OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE


FURY


GET ON UP


THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES


UNBROKEN


X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST


OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES


24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY


BOARDWALK EMPIRE


GAME OF THRONES


HOMELAND


SONS OF ANARCHY


THE WALKING DEAD