By Kati Mora, MS, RD from AroundThePlate.org
Here we are smack dab in the middle of holiday party season! While I'm no expert when it comes to surviving white elephant gifts or ugly Christmas sweaters, I can help you maintain your dignity and your waistline when it comes to food and drink this time of year. Kati Mora of Around The Plate offers fool-proof plans for surviving holiday parties, even if you look a bit foolish!
To eat and drink your best this season, try following at least one, if not all, of my top ten holiday survival tips.
Tip #1: Eat before you go. It can be really tempting to skip a meal prior to any event where they are serving food. Try to avoid this if you can. Although it may seem like a good idea, chances are that you will be less likely to resist overindulging once you get there. Eat a protein and fiber rich meal or snack before you leave the house and you will be able to make food decisions you won't regret later that evening.
Tip #2: Drink some water. Water is your best friend at parties. It's calorie free and can help buy you time in between bites or drinks. This time will
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- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 18, 2012 10:16 AM EST
By Kati Mora, MS, RD from AroundThePlate.orgRead More »from 10 Fool-Proof Ways to Maintain Your Dignity (and Waistline) at Any Holiday Party
By Jonathan Bailor for DietsInReview.com, author of the acclaimed The Smarter Science of SlimRead More »from 3 Steps for SANE Eating During the Holidays
Your Body Balances Calories for You
Our genetics and hormones combine to create a sort of "set-point" weight that our bodies work to keep us at regardless of how much we eat or exercise. This is why studies show that starvation diets fail for more than 95 percent of us and why we don't end up weighing 2,000 pounds no matter how much we eat. Everyone's body works to keep them in balance automatically; it's just that some of our bodies balance us at a more Santa-like set-point thanks to our genetics and hormones. The good news is that scientists have proven that we can change our hormones and get our bodies to work towards a slimmer set-point by changing the quality of the food we eat. Eat smarter this holiday season and still feel like you indulged!
Get Your Body to Balance You at a Less Santa-Like Set-Point
Hundreds of studies have shown which foods help make our bodies work more like the body of a naturally thin person. I call these SANE foods, SANE
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Tue, Nov 20, 2012 11:23 PM EST
By Danielle Lagow for DietsInReview.comRead More »from 5 Guilt-Free Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving week is finally here and we couldn't be more excited. It's a time for family and friends to get together and appreciate all that life supplies…especially the delicious food!Whole Grain Stuffing made with Italian turkey sausage, whole cranberries, and fresh sage.
Most families have their traditional dishes that have been passed down for years. If you're one who's looking to start a new Thanksgiving dish tradition, then you're in the right place. If you want that new dish to be a bit lighter than usual, then you couldn't be in a more perfect place.
Listed below are a few of our favorite "lighter" stuffing recipes.With a dish like stuffing, it's pretty simple to switch a few ingredients out in order to lighten those nutrition facts up a bit and give it that specific taste you're really craving, whatever it may be.
Gluten Free Stuffing
Take a couple of gluten-free breads and throw it in with some more gluten-free corn bread and you're on your way to making a delicious gluten-free stuffing. Enjoy the taste of the
By Lacy J. Hansen for DietsInReview.comRead More »from GMO Voter Guide for California's Prop 37
It's not every election year that our food supply makes its way on to the ballots. However, rarely is food a political issue. This year the issues of genetically modified foods and the labeling of these foods has become an issue of citizen's rights and and human welfare that goes in to the hands of Californians next week. We want to make sure all voters know where they stand and learn more about this issue that, if passed, will affect all Americans.Californians will vote for their Right to Know on November 6.
Genetically modified organisms (or GMOs) are plants or meats that have had their DNA altered in a lab. These organisms have been altered in order to grow a product that might resist pesticides within its own tissue, may yield bigger crops, heartier fruits, or withstand an odd climate despite it being unnatural and completely experimental. These type of organisms are very common in the US, more so than most consumers are even aware of. The majority of corn, soy, cotton, and sugar beet crops grown in
By Jonathan Bailor for DietsInReview.comRead More »from 57 Sugars that Are Destroying Your Health
Every day we learn something new about how sugar destroys our health and expands our waistlines. Even worse, it seems like every other day food corporations come up with new a name for sugar. For example, all of the following are basically sugar, from our metabolism's perspective:Sugar in all of its form is making you anything but healthy.
1. Agave Nectar
2. Barley Malt
3. Beet Sugar
4. Brown Sugar
5. Buttered Syrup
6. Cane Crystals
7. Cane Juice Crystals
8. Cane Sugar
10. Carob Syrup
11. Castor Sugar
12. Confectioner's Sugar
13. Corn Sweetener
14. Corn Syrup
15. Corn Syrup Solids
16. Crystalline Fructose
17. Date Sugar
18. Demerara Sugar
21. Diastatic Malt
23. Ethyl Maltol
24. Evaporated Cane Juice
26. Fruit Juice
27. Fruit Juice Concentrates
30. Glucose Solids
31. Golden Sugar
32. Golden Syrup
33. Granulated Sugar
34. Grape Sugar
35. High-Fructose Corn Syrup
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Thu, Aug 23, 2012 4:47 PM EDT
Ladies night and weekend getaways continue to be a way for women of all ages to bond and share memories. Given the demands on ladies from careers, families and more, it can be hard to get away.Team FAB is a group of 12 women who have completed 3 Ragnar Relays all across the country.
Increasingly, many are turning to new types of lady night activities that incorporate fitness, travel and fun all in one. Take for example a Ragnar Relay Race . Ragnar Relay is the largest overnight team running event in the world. In 2012, more than 80,000 people will participate in the 15 scheduled races, each averaging about 200 miles and running over two days. Teams of twelve (and in some cases six) take turns running and then cheering on their teammates in vans.
Ragnar Relay Series has grown from one race in Utah's Wasatch Back Valley in 2004 with a mere 200 runners to 15 races nine years later, including can't-miss runcation getaways in the Florida Keys, SoCal, and Las Vegas in November.
Runners of all levels join this "slumber party with a bit of running" to enjoyRead More »from The New Ladies Night: 200 Miles of Relay Running with 12 Best Friends
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Thu, Aug 23, 2012 4:33 PM EDT
By Jonathan Bailor, author of The Smarter Science of Slim, for DietsInReview.comRead More »from The Low-Confusion High-Nutrition Diet for Long-Term Fat Loss
This week it's high-fat. The week before that it was low-fat. The week before that it was low-carb. Dukan says it's high-protein. Campbell says protein causes cancer. Paleo notes that we ate protein and fat long before cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease were issues. What's a girl to do?Jonathan Bailor's science-backed approach to nutrition simply make sense.
Let's start with four simple scientific statements and see where that gets us.
Vitamins and Minerals are Essential - We must eat vitamins and minerals or we get sick. For example, if you don't eat enough vitamin C, you will get scurvy.
Protein is Essential - We've all heard of essential amino acids. Amino acids are what our body turns protein into during digestion. Some amino acids are "essential" because if we do not eat them, we get sick.
Fat is Essential - We've all heard of essential fatty acids. Fatty acids are what our body turns fat into during digestion. Some fatty acids are "essential" because if we do
Be part of the very first women-only Pretty Muddy 5K in Chicago this September.Your girls night out just got a whole lot muddier. And a whole lot more daylight. The Pretty Muddy women-only 5K is an obstacle/fun run created by two husbands who thought their wives needed a better outlet for all their work-life-family balance. Their wives, and millions like them, needed a new way to let loose, have fun, and forget about it all, even for an hour or so.Read More »from Women Can Race Dirty at the Pretty Muddy 5K
Pretty Muddy will host its inaugural race in Chicago on September 15 and follow that with five more runs through November in Columbus, New York City, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami. The 3.1 mile course will be saturated in mud… meaning each pretty lady who crosses the finish line will be one big muddy mess. The course is also no ordinary 5K, as along the way runners will encounter a number of various obstacles that will push them physically and mentally… not to mention help them get even muddier.
Pretty Muddy isn't just trying to do good for all the women out there looking for an endurance race all their own, they're
By Len Saunders, MA, guest author for DietsInReview.comRead More »from Cutting Screen Time May Reduce Childhood Obesity
Setting even minimal rules for media use can cut a kid's screen time by three hours a day.Could technology be the number one cause in the rise of childhood obesity? Where 'children and play' were natural companions 25 years ago, it appears that 'children and technology' are becoming even closer companions. Technology has helped society with advancements in medicine, communication, and entertainment, but it may be responsible for the rise in childhood obesity. Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller agrees, "The amount of screen time our children have from such an early age is concerning particularly with the rate of childhood obesity in this country. Childhood obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and other major health issues. Limiting screen time allows for more family time, increased physical activity and an overall balance in lifestyle."
Things have changed drastically over the last few decades. Television only had a handful of channels 25 years ago, now there are hundreds of
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Thu, Jul 26, 2012 12:41 PM EDT
By Brandi Koskie for DietsInReview.comRead More »from Olympic Rower Mary Whipple Fuels with a Vegetarian Diet
Mary Whipple is in London to defend these US Women's Rowing gold medals.Fueling an Olympic athlete is no small task. During the Beijing Olympics, news broke that Michael Phelps' diet averaged about 7,000 calories a day (the media exaggerated it to 12,000 calories a day). Even 7,000 calories isn't the norm for these athletes, but their daily consumption is certainly outside the bounds of mere mortals like the rest of us cheering from home.
Tiny and mighty at 110 pounds, US Women's Rower Mary Whipple has to keep a close and conscious eye on her food in take. For races, she and the rowing team weigh-in only two hours before. They work closely with the Olympic sports dietitian team to make weight in a healthy way.
She also works closely with the dietetic team to manage her vegetarian diet.
"Because I'm a vegetarian, I keep a fairly constant diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. I don't keep a daily food journal but I do a self-check with my favorite app (Lose It!) on a weekly basis," Mary told us in an interview