May Your Holidays be Filled with Adventures

Posted on in Adventure + Travel, Health + Lifestyle by John Degrazio

DeGrazio-Sierra-LeavittI'm stopping by to wish the Nature's Bakery family a joyous holiday season, and to remind everyone to have a healthy and safe new year. As you're feasting on some potato latkes or oversized fruit cakes, just remember that it's never too early to work off some of those Hanukkah honey buns and Christmas cookies before the calendar turns to 2014. It's very important to remain active in every month. I like to to keep in shape for my summer season by logging extra miles, especially during our slow season in winter so I make sure to go hiking during the holidays, climbing before carving turkeys, biking between bowl games, and snowshoeing after the Super Bowl. I'm lucky to have a playground like Yosemite National Park in my backyard, but there are so many remarkable places to burn calories on other winter activities like ice skating, skiing, sledding with your kids or even taking a family walk after a holiday dinner. This will assuredly give you a head start on spring. You'll be glad you did, and your heart will thank you.

DeGrazio_Sierra_RaspberryEating right is the second part of the 'staying healthy' equation. In between indulgences it's really important to maintain a reasonable diet. I try to really cut carbs on the day leading up to a holiday party. I also lighten up on my meals preceding a family feast. Cutting out those extra chips and snacks on those days when you don't need them really make a big difference. When I'm burning calories on the trails, I like to stick to healthy snacks like fresh fruits and nuts along with other protein sources like hard boiled eggs. I also remain partial to my whole wheat raspberry fig bars with many thanks to Nature's Bakery. Healthy choices provide me with the energy I need to complete my 26 mile marathon hikes in the Sierra Nevada.

These are just some of the ways I like to enjoy the holiday season. Most importantly, I go out exploring with friends and family who are dearest to me. With that said, I would like to wish all of you a wonderful winter of adventure, and I'll see you on the trails.

Be Adventurous,



John Degrazio

John has hiked and biked through thousands of miles of the Sierra Nevada and also enjoys the sport of rock climbing which offers incomparable adrenaline rushes and unique perspectives.

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