Don't let this holiday stress you or your waistline out.
By Colleen Moody
'Tis the season to eat, drink, and try not to gain any weight. The constant carousel of cocktail parties, gift swapping, and eggnog drinking can be a great time to catch up with friends and family, but it's hard not to stress over all those calories you're popping in your mouth. To help you beat your body blues this holiday season, we tapped our experts for tips to help you keep your cool through the New Year.
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1. Party Season Survival Tips
Cheesy dips, pigs in a blanket, bacon-wrapped scallops. We could go on for days torturing you with the most popular holiday finger foods. "Just remember that fried is basically synonymous with calories," warns Lisa Young, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition at NYU. In an appetizer crisis, steer clear of anything deep fried and crispy and instead choose something in a sauce that you can scrape off.
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The more crunch, the better!
2. Cruise Over to the
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With diet traps lurking around every dinner table and pantry shelf, it's easy to overeat. Here's how to navigate the danger zones without gaining a pound.
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Diet Trap: Eating Slowly
Mom's been telling you for years to stop shoveling in your food, and you know that this bad habit makes you consume more calories. But eating too slowly can also backfire. Research shows that the longer a meal lasts, the likelier we are to reach for a third glass of wine or dinner roll. "Just sitting at the table means a greater chance of nibbling on something, even if you're not hungry," says Sasha Loring, a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher at Duke Integrative Medicine.
Sidestep It: A meal should last 45 minutes: long enough for you to enjoy it, but not so much that you'll overeat. Make a 45-minute playlist, and get up after the last song.
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- FITNESS Magazine | Tis The Season – Wed, Nov 30, 2011 10:57 AM EST
By Karen Ansel, RD
You try to eat right, but the number on the scale keeps creeping up. Sound familiar? According to a survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation, we eat a lot more than we should. Of 1,000 Americans polled -- about half of them women -- 43 percent couldn't even guess how many calories they should consume in a day.
"So many women are eating on the run," says Barbara J. Rolls, PhD, a professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University and author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan. We're not paying attention to supersized portions in restaurants, and we have no idea of the calories when we don't make the food ourselves.
The happy news is that your diet doesn't require a complete overhaul. Our advice: Instead of counting foods out, just start counting -- first by calculating how many calories you need, then by indulging in the dishes mentioned in this story. And remember, the more you exercise, the more you can eat! Read on for more indispensableRead More »from How Many Calories Are You Eating? A Quick Cheat Sheet
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There isn't a lot your body can hide in one of those crinkly numbers. Maybe that's why so many women refuse to reveal much else at doctor visits. About a third of men and women in the United States admit to lying to their M.D.'s, according to a 2010 survey. But keeping secrets can be dangerous, especially if the information you're withholding leads to a wrong diagnosis. Besides, "a doctor's job is to advocate for your health, not judge," say Gary Fischer, M.D., a general internist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Here's why it's time to tell the whole truth -- and nothing but.
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"I never smoke."
The real deal: Jean Thilmany has been lighting up a couple of times a month for the past 20 years. But because the 42-year-old Saint Paul resident doesn't consider herself a smoker, she never mentions it to her doctor. "I don't smoke often enough for it to affect my health," she says. Actually, if you puff even the
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 23, 2011 11:28 AM EST
Run off that turkey!By the editors of FITNESS MagazineRead More »from Burn Off that Stuffing! America's Best Thanksgiving Day Runs
Food for thought: The average Thanksgiving dinner contains 3,000 calories. Work up an appetite and start a healthy new holiday tradition this year with one of the many Turkey Trots happening all over the country. Find one near you here!
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Dana Point Turkey Trot: Dana Point, California
Last year over 10,000 runners did this scenic coastal run.
• Sign up at www.turkeytrot.com
Sacramento Food Bank Run to Feed the Hungry: Sacramento, California
It's the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the nation; with over 20,000 participants.
• Sign up at www.runtofeedthehungry.com
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Turkey Trot: 6 Tunnels to Hoover Dam: Boulder City, Nevada
This course, about 20 miles from Las Vegas, runs through several tunnels in each direction.
• Sign up at www.mountainmanevents.com
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot: Springfield, Missouri
Bring canned food -- past years runners have donated
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Use our four-week bail-proof guide to survive the first crucial month of a healthy-lifestyle makeover without losing your thin-spiration.
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By Lisa Kovalovich Whitmore
Cold season is upon us, bringing its runny noses, congested chests, achy bodies, and too-tired feelings with it. Your best defense? Try to prevent yourself from catching a cold by washing your hands frequently, getting enough rest, drinking lots of fluids, and staying active. But when you catch a cold, you need more immediate relief. That's where these snacks come in. Each of them is packed with cold-fighting vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that may help make your cold less severe. Read on for our six feel-better snack picks:
A warm bowl of chili will instantly soothe your sniffles.
A spicy veggie chili made with onions, garlic, kidney beans, and tomato paste not only warms up a cold-afflicted body, it may also have medicinal properties! Onions and garlic have antiviral effects, beans have good-for-the-immune-system B vitamins, and the spices can actually help clear sinuses!
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1. High Content Water Foods
Foods with high water content include soups (80 to 95 percent water), fruits and veggies (80 to 95 percent), and hot cereal (85 percent). "Water adds weight and volume without adding calories," says Barbara Rolls, PhD, a nutrition professor at Pennsylvania State University and author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan (HarperCollins, 2005).
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2. Get Some Sun
"Sunlight can prevent dips in serotonin, a mood-boosting brain chemical that is also partly responsible for feelings of fullness," says Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, author of Winter Blues (Guilford Press, 2005). Even a heavy dose of artificial light, especially in the morning, may help suppress food cravings and the urge to overeat.
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Be your best self all month long.By Colleen OakleyRead More »from 4 Ways to Feel like a Goddess (Even During Your Period)
Who knew? The week after your period, your body produces a blend of hormones that makes you look and feel hot. "An estrogen increase helps raise levels of mood-boosting dopamine, clears your skin, and speeds up metabolism," says gynecologist Rebecca Booth, MD, author of The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle...at Any Age. Here's your menstrual cycle-mapped guide to feeling sexy all month long. Plus, how to fight bloat and boost your mood before, during, and after your period.
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1. Fake an Estrogen Boost
Plants contain phytoestrogens that can offset the I-hate-the-world-and-my-butt outlook brought on by an estrogen dip. Have two daily servings of soy, nuts, or legumes in the two weeks before your period.
2. Say Spa-a-ah
Get a facial or ask your significant other for a massage the week before your period. Pampering is a reminder that you deserve to be worshipped.
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