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What Really Matters Today

As I write this, one of my daughters is in the hospital recovering from elective but nonetheless somewhat urgent surgery. She will be fine, and likely come home later today. Still, the native rhythms of the Katz family’s holiday preparations are much disturbed by worry and the logistics of a family member in the hospital. As I process all this, I fully appreciate why what happens today is what really matters. In fact, today is all that matters.

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Eat, Drink, and Be Wary

Wherever you turn during the holiday season, there’s a good chance that snacks, treats, and food samples will pop up in a variety of unexpected places. Although temptations are at an all-year high, it doesn’t mean every offering is worth your acceptance. To help you spend your calorie allowances more wisely, here’s how to navigate the pitfalls and separate the good from the bad and the ugly.

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More Protein, More Muscle, Better Health?

Protein has been getting a lot of attention lately. In fact, nothing short of a “high-protein craze” is taking place according to press reports, and food manufacturers of breakfast cereals to ice cream are cashing in on sudden concerns about protein deficiencies in people’s diets. The truth is that the so-called “Western Diet” provides enough protein, and more likely too much.

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Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays? Yes, It Can Be Done

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.

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How Grocers Are Contributing to Childhood Obesity, and How They Can Change That

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.

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Ingredients for Healthier Holiday Treats

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.

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