Side-step Healthy-eating Obstacles During The Holidays

Arm yourself with these stay-healthy strategies to maintain not gain weight during the holiday season: The challenge: Hard-to-resist homemade holiday treats. Stay-healthy strategy: If decadent holiday treats are your downfall, make room in your diet for them. Allow yourself one small treat per day, but plan for it by eliminating something else, and be sure to account for the carbs. If it’s too tempting to keep treats in your house, say “no thanks” next time or, if you do give in, share some with a friend. Time has not been kind: Celebs that have not aged well The challenge: A decadent buffet spread at your friend’s annual holiday party. Stay-healthy strategy: Don’t graze. With all the cookies, nuts, crackers and cheese, veggies and dip surrounding you, mindless picking can easily add up to a meal’s worth or more of calories and send you way over your carb budget.
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Seasonal eating for your health in the winter

Chicken & vegetable soup

The researchers compared the costs of the healthiest eating patterns with the least healthful and found that the healthiest diets cost on average $1.47 more per day based on actual food intake, or about $1.54 more per day for every 2,000 calories consumed. The studies in the review used various definitions of “healthy” – including comparing the amount of fat or sugar in similar products, or comparing whole grain versus refined carbohydrate versions, or looking at total fruit and vegetable intake or overall calories. But all the findings were consistent across current standards for healthy eating, such as the Mediterranean diet, or Harvard’s Alternative Healthy Eating Index. The researchers also compared price differences in food groups – healthier meats and proteins had the largest difference between healthy and unhealthy choices – about 29 cents more per serving. It’s important to consider what an extra $1.50 per day can mean for individual as well as family budgets, according to Rao. “It translates to about $550 more per year for one person, and that could be a real barrier to healthier eating. We need better policies to help offset these costs,” she said.
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Healthy eating myths exposed

Sandra Howard

Any combination of these wonderful winter foods can make an immune-boosting soup when paired with homemade bone broth. While most fruits are abundant during the warmer months, apples, cranberries, figs and pears are natures winter desserts. Cooking methods should also be taken into account during each season. Cooking food makes it easier to digest, so the energy that would have been used for digestion can now be available for other functions like warming the body. Longer cooking times, higher temperatures and greater pressure introduce more warming qualities to food than grilling or sauteing; and cooking for a long time on low heat provides more warming benefits than a short time on high heat. The easiest way to eat seasonally is to shop at your local farmers market, join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group or just make a list of seasonal produce to keep with you when you shop. Finding entire cookbooks dedicated to a single ingredient can make cooking winter produce even more fun, as youll discover preparations and combinations that may not have crossed your mind.
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Healthy eating costs an extra $1.50 per day: study

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It has just 136 calories and only 0.2g of fat, but even a small dollop of butter piles on the fat. Oven chips can be comparatively low in fat but do not have the fibre and Vitamin C of a baked potato. Chip-shop chips have more calories as they absorb fat in the frying process. Healthier http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/garcinia-cambogia-extract—crucial-data-released-231403591.html option: Baked potato with 1tbsp of low-fat cheese: 164 cals, 0.95g fat. Without butter a baked potato is a low-fat, high-fibre food. ________________________________________ MYTH: Fish is always a lower-calorie option.
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