’Tis the season of eggnog, Christmas cookies and decadent holiday drinks from Starbucks—at least in my house. ’Tis also the season when Americans put on half of our annual weight gain—two pounds a year—so give or take a pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. (Find out my secrets to putting off the holiday pudge here.)
It’s no wonder our waistlines expand when you see just how calorie- and fat-laden some of our favorite holiday foods are (check them out below). And for those who refuse to give up those holiday favorites (for my husband, it’s eggnog and for me it’s holiday cookies!), try some of the healthier versions I suggest below.
1. Eggnog: One recipe...read full post »
I have a not-so-forgiving little black dress to get into for New Year’s Eve. And in between now and then I have a cookie swap and a couple of holiday parties to attend. So, with that dress as my goal, these 10 tips should help me wear it happily.
1. Eat breakfast.
Breakfast gives me a much-needed energy boost for the rest of the day. But perhaps more importantly (at least this time of year!), research shows that people who are most successful at losing weight eat breakfast every day. There are 3 things to include to make your breakfasts healthy: whole grains and lean protein to help you...
Feeling hot, hot, hot? When menopause is the cause, who wouldn’t be up for trying a natural remedy to cool down?
Research suggests that lignans, estrogen-like compounds in flaxseeds, may help relieve hot flashes. Boost your flaxseed intake with these 8 yummy recipes, including the Essential EatingWell Chocolate Bundt Cake.
In one study, women consumed four tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily—two in the morning, two at night. (Are store-bought pre-ground flaxseeds as nutritionally effective as buying whole seeds and grinding them yourself? Find out here.)
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Let’s face it, during the holidays most of our eating rules—mine included—fall by the wayside as we’re enticed by delicious holiday drinks and beautiful food spreads at parties. (Find healthy, holiday cocktail and appetizer recipes here.)
But there’s one that I absolutely don’t give up: eating breakfast. Why? Well, most importantly, it gives me a much-needed energy boost for the rest of the day. (Holiday shopping takes a lot out of me!) Plus research shows that people who are most successful at losing weight eat breakfast every...read full post »
I don't know about you, but when I heard on the news that Kellogg's had slapped a claim on their Krispies cereal boxes that it "now helps support your child's IMMUNITY," I turned up the volume. Really? Boosting immunity with Cocoa Krispies and Frosted Krispies? Admittedly, I'm as freaked out about getting sick as the next person (hello cold and flu season and H1N1!), but what's in those boxes of cereal that will really help me? (Find 3 research-tested immunity-boosting superfoods here.)
Turns out Kellogg's upped the amounts of Vitamins A, C and E in the cereals from 10 percent of the recommended daily value to 25 percent. (Are you getting enough of the nutrients your body needs? Find out...read full post »