Whole roasts with all the trimmings surrounded by mounds of herbed stuffing, creamy green beans covered with crispy onions, baskets of dinner rolls, soft salty butter, savory gravy. This tablescape is all too familiar—the happy tastes and smells of the holiday season. However, since I was diagnosed with celiac disease, that tantalizing tablescape signals caution.
More and more people are being diagnosed with food allergies and intolerances or choosing to follow special diets. While this changes the holiday table we know, it doesn't have to change the holiday table we love. So let's take the stress out of navigating the holidays with dietary restrictions, shall we?
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Soup is pretty amazing when you're trying to lose weight or just eat a little healthier. Sure, some can be very caloric and have too much sodium—watch out for restaurant-style chowders or anything with a creamy base—but a lot of soups can help you keep your diet on track. Soup typically has a lot of water, which helps keep you feeling full. Plus, if it's packed with vegetables, beans or whole grains you're getting a healthy dose of fiber, which has shown to help you lose weight (among other health benefits of eating more fiber).
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If you eat a lot of fish should you worry about mercury? High levels of mercury can cause tingling or numbness in fingers and toes and vision problems. It affects infant brain development. Even consistent, low-level mercury exposure can leave you fatigued or make concentrating difficult.
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Despite the fact that most of us aren't professional athletes, it's still a good idea to fuel your body when you're active. Buying sports drinks, gummies, gels and bars can get expensive—not to mention, they can have some questionable ingredients. So it's a good thing recent studies have shown that foods you probably already have in your pantry can work just as well. Whether you're training for a marathon or just lacing up for the first time, here are some simple sports nutrition tips on how you can feed your inner athlete naturally.
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Did a co-worker bring in homemade brownies and you sampled one (OK, three)? At dinner, did you nosh from the bread basket, order fries instead of a side salad with your meal and eat dessert? Diet slip–ups happen to all of us, so don’t beat yourself up and abandon your weight-loss goals. One meal doesn’t negate all of your healthy efforts, as long as you’re making healthy choices most of the time. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “my diet starts next week,” then you know that one indulgent meal can morph into a weekend of eating lots of high-calorie foods. That attitude...read full post »