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Happy Holidays!

Can I just say, I am so excited for the New Year to arrive?!!

I have been gearing up for the 2015 FIYB Healthy Living Initiative. What is it? Well, I am going to walk you through the steps to becoming the healthiest you possible.

It’s not a “change everything at once” plan. There will be no harsh dieting, days of starvation, or any other radical changes, sacrifices, or torturous activities that cause major distress.

Rather than burden you with New Year’s resolutions that are likely to fail, I will be suggesting incremental lifestyle changes each week. And, I will be providing you with lots of resources to help you make these changes, including meal and exercise planners, recipes, exercise recommendations, and much more.

In fact, I will have a dedicated page on my website where you can find the information and refer to it as often as you wish. So if you get off track, you can simply return and start where you left off, simple as that!

And the best part: it’s FREE!!  That’s right, there will be no charge for you to access the page. The only thing I ask is that you register so I know who is participating and so that I can communicate directly with participants individually and as a group. That way, we can tackle the challenges you experience, answer the questions you have, and share your successes, suggestions, and feedback.

If we work together as a group, we can help each other overcome the obstacles we all encounter.  And, we all have them, including myself and other healthy lifestyle promoters (whether they admit it or not). Together, we can tackle the seemingly unachievable goal of ideal health and fitness. Let’s go!

If you are interested in participating, please sign up here

Oh, and here’s the recipe promised in the subject line of the email. Thank you to my friend Tami P. for this killer dip recipe!!!

Lemon Garlic Artichoke Spread

12 oz frozen artichoke hearts rinsed, drained, and thawed

2 -3 cloves of fresh chopped garlic

Juice of ½ of a lemon

2 tablespoons of fresh chopped Italian parsley

6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Kosher or sea salt, and cracked black pepper to taste

Coat artichokes in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and roast at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.  

In a food processor, place artichokes with chopped garlic and lemon.  Add olive oil as you go.  Place in bowl and stir in parsley reserving 1 teaspoon for garnish.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish and enjoy!  

**Add 1/2 cup of fresh grated Parmesan for a different taste/texture.

Enjoy!

Yours in health and well-being,

Allison