Diet's Blog (Page 38)
Unlike many people, I prefer the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s over the actual holiday days. I love finding the perfect presents, wrapping them by the fire and baking holiday goodies. (Ahem, healthier-for-you ones like these 100-calorie cookies.)
Despite my cheer, I eventually end up stressed and cranky because I spread myself too thin trying to celebrate Christmas with both sides of my husband’s and my family (who live 400+ miles apart!) So for those of you who are likewise overwhelmed with all the holiday preparations and are cranky NOW (or will be soon, like me) here are some tips for what you can eat and what you can do to beat holiday stress. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to...read full post »
Do you have a big holiday dinner or party coming up? Save some calories for splurging. I'm not talking about a traditional fast-before-the-fete where you starve yourself all morning and afternoon then go hog wild when you walk into the event because you've had nothing to eat all day but apples and plain lettuce. (Click here for a better pre-party plan to control calories!)
I'm talking about a strategic eating plan that allows you to bank calories painlessly—simply save calories in places you really won't miss them so you can indulge in the foods you really want and not eat too much by the day's end. Here are seven simple swaps to help you get there. Do one each day for a week and you'll have 700 extra calories to spend (...read full post »
In a report likely to send shock waves through the dietary supplement industry, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released new Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin D and calcium. The report summary (PDF) says Americans are getting all the vitamin D and calcium we need, and we do not need more:
The committee emphasizes that, with a few exceptions, all North Americans are receiving enough calcium and vitamin D. Higher levels have not been shown to confer greater benefits, and in fact, they have been linked to other health problems,...read full post »
The holidays are here and with them come a multitude of parties—some that we're psyched about, some that we're obligated to attend. All of them, no doubt, will have a buffet table packed with delicious holiday treats: mini quiches, Swedish meatballs, the dozens of clever ways people devise to stuff cream cheese into pastry puffs, elaborate chocolate confections and spiced buttery baked goods.
Your tactic for avoiding temptation may be to steer clear of all the...read full post »
Last week I was watching a cooking segment on TV, when the anchor suspiciously questioned the chef about how much heavy cream she was putting into the recipe. The chef replied gleefully, “It’s the holidays!” As much as I hate to say this (hello...I’m the nutrition editor for a healthy food magazine), she kind of has a point. Healthy eating just isn’t as cool during the holidays as it is other times of year (um, January!). Gluttonous temptations lurk everywhere.
So before you embark on your calendar full of social events that revolve around eating and drinking, arm yourself with these stay-slim strategies.read full post »