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Let’s face it — estimates show that a basic Super Bowl extravaganza could contribute a whopping 3,000 calories, the majority of which is derived from fatty, fried foods. But before you scroll to another article, let me say that this is not one of those “don’t eat this” and “eat lots of that” stories. I’m thinking way beyond that point — I’m here to tell you what you need to do to help those wings and things get out of your body once you’ve swallowed them!
To prevent that potentially uncomfortable, bloated feeling, here are a few tips that are sure to move you … even if your team doesn’t score any goals! Continue reading
Comfort food delivers just what it describes: a taste that pacifies the mind and body. This week, when I asked my patients what ‘comfort food’ means to them, I heard responses like brownies, ice cream, meatloaf, and mashed potatoes. For me … it’s tea.
Don’t get me wrong—I’m not one for passing up a bubbly molten lava cake, but when it comes to choosing a trusted companion, it’s a soothing steamy mug of tea that greets me on a chilly morning, acts as a speed bump to unnecessary snacking in the late afternoon, and lets me know that dinner is done in the evening. My personal favorites include Tazo’s Passion with a sprig of fresh mint and drizzle of agave, or a basic Earl Gray with some warmed milk and honey. Perhaps the toughest part about drinking tea is deciding which one to select while strolling down the ever-expanding tea aisle in the supermarket—and being prepared to lay down some cash for the fancier brands.
You’ll find teas that profess to calm your mood, lull you to sleep, ease constipation, boost energy, improve immunity, and help you speak with an English accent (just kidding about that one). Although these health claims are not clearly labeled on the box, their benefits are implied in their names, like Smooth Move, Sleepytime, or Tummy Tamer. The options for tea-lovers seem limitless, and these tasty brews bring lots of good reasons to get into hot water with their surprising health benefits. Continue reading
When you hear the term, “drink responsibly,” you’ll probably think about the connection between drinking and driving. Around this time of year, that association could represent the difference between life and death.
Too much alcohol could also result in a date with the porcelain bowl if you’re not careful or bring a throbbing headache the day after drinking. Whatever comes to your mind when you envision a hangover, it’s not a pretty picture.
Heavily hitting the bottle could ruin a few precious vacation days, too. So instead of focusing on how to cure your hangover, you’ll probably have a better time at that New Year’s Day brunch by taking some simple steps to avoid going overboard altogether. Here’s how you can still belt down a few without ending up down on the floor: Continue reading
The holiday season brings thoughts of shopping, vacations, tree trimming, snowy days, and family gatherings. And whether it’s at the office, a friend’s home, a supermarket, or a countertop … there’s a good chance that place will be laced with food.
Although you’ll come face-to-face with lots of indulgent goodies, that doesn’t mean every temptation will be “special.” A “special” food is worth its calories, even if it causes you to gain weight. These types of foods are unique and may not be available during the rest of year.
So, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with the abundance of seasonal offerings, here are my tips on how to trim your intake. That way, you’ll leave room for being a little naughty and nice to yourself with a more special treat. Continue reading
Food shopping can feel like an overwhelming experience at any age. And if you’re like most people, you probably spend more time thinking about what goes on your body (like clothes and shoes) than what goes in it (like food).
In my last blog post , we covered what the supermarket has to offer kids, teens and 20-somethings. As we move on in years, we may need to move down the aisles a little differently. Today we’re highlighting the needs of those in their 30s and beyond. Read on to find what resonates for you: Continue reading
When juggling work, friends, relatives, exercise, and perhaps a little leisure time, food shopping is rarely No. 1 on our to-do lists. Like it or not, even with today’s food-delivery services, we still have to make decisions about the best foods to buy for ourselves and our families. Although we all could benefit from making choices based upon the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and its MyPlate icon, we often choose foods for personal reasons—as a result of our desires, our companions, our environments, and our emotions.
Depending on age and activity level, we need different nutrients for the different cycles of life. Whether your body is young and quickly changing, or you’re getting on in years and want to feel young, it’s important that your food can meet your needs. And no matter how old you are, your supermarket has something to offer you.
Before creating your next shopping list, here is a brief cheat sheet to help you find the best food for every age: Continue reading
The story of Chanukah describes how only one day’s worth of oil, used to light the candelabra in the ancient Jewish Temple, miraculously burned for eight days. (For a bit more background, the Temple had been ransacked by the Greeks, who had tried to conquer Israel; the Maccabees, the Jewish army that successfully revolted against the Greeks, returned to the Temple and lit the lamp, or menorah, with the oil they found.)
Considering the cooking practices of today’s chefs, it truly would be a miracle to make that amount of oil last so long! In fact, although it wears a heart-healthy halo, oil is highly caloric, and most people don’t realize that they could be carrying extra pounds because of the quantity of oil they consume. It’s hard to believe that one cup of oil (even clear, extra virgin olive oil) contains about 2,000 calories!
Although oil is a beneficial fat, along with nuts, seeds, and avocados, you might want to go easy on the grease if you’re watching your weight. For sustained health and well-being, especially during the celebrations of the holiday season, try not to overindulge. That way, you won’t have to work so hard to reverse any weight gain once the new year arrives.
So, on this Festival of Lights, here are a few tips to help you lighten up your intake: Continue reading
Surrounded by cellphones, search engines, and apps at our fingertips, we expect to get everything we seek with lightening speed. But it’s not just information we want quickly—we also expectweight-loss diets to take effect immediately, and we want our workouts to make us look like body builders as soon as we join the gym.
You may never have to pick up a telephone book or encyclopedia again; but when it comes to losing and maintaining your weight, you’ll need to put in some time. On the other hand, there are some digestive problems that can be controlled in a relatively short period of time just by manipulating some foods in your diet. Although these tips may not “cure” your digestive conditions, this quick reference guide may help keep some of the following ailments from disrupting your daily routines. Continue reading