Maintaining healthy habits during Halloween can be challenging. Temptation is everywhere and it's easy to fall out of that routine for the chance at an evening on the couch with a bag of mini candy bars (guilty as charged). Have no fear, we've called in a member of our Sip Squad, Philadelphia-based health and wellness guru Serena Scanzillo, to give you her pro-tips on combating those temptations and maintaining healthy habits during Halloween! Check out Serena's healthy habit hacks in our interview below.
Sip-N-Glo: Tell us a little about yourself and your story on the fitness and entrepreneurship side
Serena: I’m Serena and I founded and run SerenaFit! I’ve been in business for about ten years now and specialize in training on-the-go via virtual studio. I have a pretty vast athletic background having played and coached lacrosse, soccer + swimming, raced multiple half marathons, sprint triathlons + endurance runs and participated in many summers of youth coaching. My personal training skill set mainly focuses on core balance, strength + high intensity interval training to appeal to clients who don’t have a lot of time on their side. It’s important to train for function these days! I also have 5 years experience working in Baratrics at GW Hospital both in exercise + consulting.
My entrepreneurial journey has been a huge adventure. I thrive off of knowing that I’m a woman in business and wake up every single day loving the hustle. I started my business in 2008 and quickly realized that I needed to be more than just a personal trainer to succeed. That’s where continuing education, the startup world, travel, design and business organization came on my radar. I got things together really quickly and started learning more and more every year. I’ve been recognized by British Airways, traveled to Italy + Spain to live in co-working spaces to connect with other founders from around the world, I’ve read month's worth of Entrepreneur Magazine :) and have attended countless mindset retreats, mentorship programs + design seminars. It’s all to improve, ya know? You have to want it. You can’t stay stagnant and you can’t settle. You have to be the best at what you do and that’s my ongoing mantra.
SNG: Halloween can be challenging with all the temptations of candy (i.e how many mini Reeces Peanut Butter Cups can I fit into my jacket pocket) and sweets. What are some hacks we can use to avoid finding ourselves surrounded by empty candy wrappers?
Serena: Haha! Yes, this comes up every year!
Hack one: Never leave the house hungry. That’s a sure fire way to end up grabbing at junky snacks without much focus. Eat or make a shake before you head out.
Hack two: If you have treats around, grab a few sandwich bags, place three pieces of small candy in each to track portions. Enjoy it with hot tea and while eat sitting down. Fully enjoy the treat and allow your mind to register the enjoyment. Don’t eat and talk or walk!
Hack three: Just remember that sugar is at the core of all bad results. Sounds negative but it’s true. The more you keep sugar on your palate the more you’re going to crave it and by default, keep it in your diet. The less the better! Just keep the word “balance” floating around and you’ll be good to go.
SNG: What are some of your favorite alternatives to candy or sweet?
Serena: Besides all the juices at Sip-N-Glo? I would say my new favorite alternative would be a serving of really good Greek Yogurt topped with figs. It’s the perfect combination and bonus that figs have a ton of magnesium, calcium + potassium which is perfect for muscle recovery. My second go-to would be a cut up apple with cinnamon + a drizzle of honey or agave. It brings me back to childhood and has really good flavor!
SNG: On a day-to-day basis, what are your healthy habits that you find most useful?
Serena: I’ve been getting better at my morning routine which includes setting positive intentions for the day. Instead of looking at my cell phone allowing emails and texts to run my first few moments of the day, I wash up while repeating positives like, “I’m grateful for another day filled with opportunity” or “All good things are coming my way” - things like that. Setting your mind right is like setting the perfect tablescape. You take the time to decorate it and make it look beautiful, then you have it to use, enjoy + generate positive vibes!
SNG: What’s your favorite Sip-N-Glo drink and why?
Serena: I’m fully in love with the Blue Sky and Pineapple Charcoal Lemon-Aid. You can’t find these combinations anywhere else. They each offer a unique flavor and health boost.
The Blue Sky snaps sugar cravings in half supplying a solid protein source and the lavender helps with digestion. Pineapple Charcoal Lemon-Aid is a free radial remover which is essential in maintaining hormone levels, good skin + energy. You can’t go wrong at Sip-N-Glo!
Like what you're reading? Find Serena at http://www.serenafit.com/ or @serenafit. Stay tuned for more interviews with members of our Sip Squad, as they give us their pro tips for healthy, happy livin'