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Halloween has always been a challenge for parents. Do you restrict kids’ candy consumption, or do you let them “binge” and then go back to eating healthfully on November 1st? This year, there’s a new wrinkle – Halloween-themed breakfast cereals.

Let’s be honest – most breakfast cereal, at least the ones that appeal to kids, aren’t that healthy anyway. They are loaded with sugar and artificial flavorings. But, now General Mills has rolled out a record 5 “Monster Cereals” this month, to play off Halloween at the end of October. Parents should beware, though – and not just of the … Read the rest

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I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful! We spent it with our family and, as usual, have lots of leftovers. When the holidays are over and you still have lots of turkey left, what can you do with it all? Turkey sandwiches are good, but that gets old pretty fast. There are lots of low fat, healthy ways to use up that leftover turkey, so there’s every reason to have healthy holidays.

First, chop, dice or shred your leftover turkey, place it in resealable plastic bags, and put it in the refrigerator. That way, you can reach in for a … Read the rest

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Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family, food and drink, football and parades. Enjoy them all, but remember to put relationships at the top of your list.

In the past, we have often said, “make relationships the ‘main course,’ and food the ‘side dish,’” and that’s especially true on holidays like Thanksgiving. It doesn’t really matter what you eat as long as you’re surrounded by the ones you love.

We will be having Thanksgiving dinner with my sister and her family, as well as assorted other friends and relatives. The other day, when I spoke with my sister, she … Read the rest

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Many people don’t realize just how many calories are in alcoholic beverages – and it’s a lot! Recent research shows that on a given day, almost 20 percent of men and 6 percent of women consume more than 300 calories from alcoholic drinks. For an average person, that’s about 15 percent of their total calorie intake for the entire day!

Nutritional expert Joy Nielsen says that “a lot of people just don’t think about the calories in alcoholic beverages.” It can be quite a bit, though. Wine averages about 120 calories per 5 ounce drink; beer averages about 150 calories … Read the rest

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With the holiday season fast approaching (I know, it’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year – again!), now is a good time to think about making it a healthy one. The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and it can also be a time to celebrate your health!

The holidays also bring lots of opportunities for great tasting food. It’s also a time for lots of rich, high fat, high sugar foods. And don’t forget the overeating! According to several studies, a typical Thanksgiving dinner with “all the trimmings” can have … Read the rest

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