Here’s a depressing piece of information: Americans put on half of our annual weight gain between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Granted, that’s just two pounds a year, but research shows that people don’t lose it when the partying ends. And if that happens year after year after year…well, you can do the math.
It’s much easier to not gain weight in the first place than it is to lose what you’ve put on. Ward off winter weight gain the easy way with these 5 tips.
1. Cut down on your screen time
Turn off the TV and the computer and enjoy your meal without distractions. Making an effort...
During the holidays it’s easy to let our healthy-eating habits fall by the wayside. But there’s one habit you absolutely shouldn’t ditch: eating breakfast.
Related: 4 Bad Holiday Eating Habits To Break Right Now
Here’s why: science shows that regular breakfast eaters tend to be leaner and dieters are more successful at losing weight—and keeping it off—when they eat breakfast. (OK, so I’m not advocating that you diet this time of year, but not gaining during the holiday season is a reasonable goal.)
Another breakfast boon: research has found that eating a breakfast that contains slower-burning carbohydrates (also called low-glycemic-index foods) like oatmeal, bran cereal or whole-wheat bagels,...read full post »
It’s all too easy to overdo it at Thanksgiving. Even for the most health- and diet-conscious, a little bit of this and a small bite of that can add up quickly. (Find out what the best and worst Thanksgiving foods are here.)
Perhaps more depressing is that loading up on calories forces our body into overdrive as it tries to undo the damage done by the harmful free radicals produced as we digest food. (Free radicals attack cells and can promote the development of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.) And, of course, the more we eat the more free radicals we produce.
If you happen to overindulge, though, don’t beat yourself up about it: the best way to handle a slip-up is to get...read full post »
I’m lucky that I don’t (usually) have trouble falling—or staying—asleep. But there are definitely nights, sometimes even stretches of nights, where I don’t get enough sleep—and I’m not alone: an estimated 50-70 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control, don’t get enough sleep. (Get 3 simple tips to help you beat insomnia here.)
It’s then that I want to make every last minute of shut-eye count. And that means knowing what can actually help me sleep and what hinders sleep. Here are 6 sleep myths to ignore, as reported in EatingWell Magazine.
Myth: Falling asleep to the TV is OK.
Since I'm not a big milk drinker, yogurt is my preferred form of dairy. Eating yogurt is an easy, tasty way to get some much-needed calcium. Plus it delivers a healthy dose of protein and good-for-you probiotics. (Enjoy it in these Smoothie Recipes and More Healthy Breakfasts with Yogurt.)
But yogurt made from cow’s milk isn’t the only choice out there these days. On my recent trips to the supermarket, I’ve noticed more yogurts made from alternative “milks” (soy, rice, almonds, etc.). You may be wondering whether these options are a healthy choice? Here’s how yogurts made from alternative milks stack up nutritionally compared to yogurt made from cow’s milk.