Around the holidays you probably attend numerous luncheons, dinner parties, and other social gatherings that restaurants will cater. If you travel, you likely make less-than-stellar meal or snack choices. While dining out can be a pleasurable experience and a welcome deviation from home cooking, you want to be prepared whenever you find yourself in any of these situations.
Childhood obesity remains a serious health threat, and it is not surprising that parents and schools take much of the blame for their kids’ poor diets. But while there is no one cause for weight problems affecting children, food outlets may not be getting enough attention when it comes to food choices families make. In fact, grocery stores could play a much larger role in the fight against childhood obesity in their communities.
Certain holiday recipes – those family traditions we look forward to all year – may not always be what you’d call healthful or overly nutritious, but they sure can be good for the soul. There are also some holiday treats we can tweak a bit here and there, and no one will notice the difference. Here are some trade-outs that can shave substantial amounts of calories, potentially adding up to thousands of calories saved throughout the holiday season.
“Stress eating” – it is blamed for wolfed down pizzas, disappearing pints of ice cream, and altogether wrecked diets. But what does stress eating really mean? Just thinking or admitting that we stress eat at times doesn’t solve the problem. It is just a blanket statement and vague acknowledgement that doesn’t get to the root of the issue. To overcome stress eating, it is essential to understand why we do it, and what we can do to change the pattern.
If you are a trend tracker, you’ll remember some of the 2014 highlights: Gluten free foods were on fire, being a “locavore” was cool, snacking replaced regular meals, and easy to prepare dinners from high quality ingredients became favorites in kitchens across the country. Although I suspect that many of these discoveries will further evolve in the coming year, let’s take a peek at new food trend predictions for 2015.
We all know that being “healthy” is a good thing. But have you ever paused to consider exactly what’s different about it? Health isn’t about what your doctor says you “should” and “shouldn’t” do. Living the way you want to live, and seeing those you love live the way they want to live – that’s the award of good health. A better life is the real, the ultimate prize of good health.