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December 15, 2011 - 11:48am

It’s the holidays and you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself! Problem is, you’re reading all these blogs about how fattening eggnog is, so you’ll have to borrow Santa’s pants after the string of holiday soirees you’ve got lined up.

Which Is Healthier: Hot Chocolate or Eggnog?

Today, I’d like to bring you a little good cheer, to tell you about three holiday foods that might actually help you lose weight. Cue: Little Drummer Boy… Drumroll, please.

Holiday Weight-Loss Wonder #1: Pistachios. Various studies show that people who eat nuts tend to be leaner than those who don’t, and a recent Harvard study revealed that nuts are a top...

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December 8, 2011 - 12:29pm

The holiday season is nutty, and when you’re running around in 20 different directions and your brain has gone fa-la-la chances are, you’re not thinking quite so much about what, and how much, you’re eating. (Discover how to indulge without the bulge during the holidays!) So let me help you out: here are 4 things that might be sabotaging your diet—and mine—this holiday season, plus easy fix-it solutions.

Holiday diet buster: You’re eating out a ton. We get it: You’re busy. Jetting between kids’ holiday concerts, work parties, visits to craft stores to find ribbon for a wreath (um, the one that maybe you should have bought already assembled… sigh), it’s...

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November 30, 2011 - 12:31pm

I’ve never been a fan of low-carb diets: our bodies and our brains need carbohydrates to work effectively. (Find out 6 more reasons your body needs carbohydrates here.)

Of course, not all carbohydrates are created equally. First of all, fruits, dairy and vegetables are all sources of carbohydrates. And when it comes to starches, there are indeed “good” carbs (we’ll get to that in a sec) and the “bad” ones that, if you eat them all the time, can raise your risk of developing diseases like heart disease and diabetes. (We’re talking about doughnuts, cakes and even refined white breads.) On the flip side, eating “good carbs” in place of refined ones can reduce...

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November 28, 2011 - 12:28pm

We can talk till we’re blue in the face about making good choices at holiday parties—but sometimes you want to throw calorie-caution to the wind and simply celebrate the season. (Not at that point? Then read about which Holiday Foods to Avoid (and What to Eat Instead.)

You can eat what you want and not gain a pound—if you’ve banked calories to spend. Here are 10 simple ways to free up an extra 1,000 calories for a future splurge.

1. Have green tea instead of coffee with cream and sugar. For a 12-ounce size, this will save you about 100 calories.

2. Run or walk an extra mile: either way, you’ll torch about 100 calories.

3. Have an...

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November 21, 2011 - 11:12am

Let me first preface this by saying that if you want to eat a little of everything this Thanksgiving, you should. Gratefully savoring a little bit of every delicious course on this one holiday sounds like a healthy thing to do, to me. (Try these healthier versions of Thanksgiving classics.)

But if you’re wondering which, calorically speaking, are the best and worst Thanksgiving dishes to choose, I’ve got the skinny. Without further ado, allow me to present… Thanksgiving Smackdown!

Which is the skinnier pick: White or dark meat (turkey)?
White meat. Per 3 ounces, opting for the “white” turkey breasts over the “dark” meat will save you 50 calories and 4 grams of fat: 115 calories and 7...

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