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Healthy Eating Tips For The Holidays

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This is the time of year when most people, even those eating a healthy diet stray a little … or a lot … when it comes to eating …

  • too much food
  • too much sugar
  • too much packaged food
  • too much party food
  • too much alcohol
  • etc.

What can you do to make this year different, and still enjoy holiday eating and partying without putting on the pounds, shooting your blood sugar levels sky high and over taxing your liver?

Here are some hints that can make your holiday healthier and help you to feel better through all the festivities…

  • Plan healthy holiday foods.
  • Fresh whole foods are always best, preferably organic. If you can’t buy organic, choose those foods that have low pesticide residue.
  • Check out these resources for healthy cooking hints. You’ll find links for salads, entrees, snacks and desserts.
  • There are a lot of healthy recipes on this Healthy Eating Advisor Blog.
  • Here are a couple videos with ideas for a healthy breakfast and healthy ice cream.
  • If you’re going to buy already prepared food, why not get it from your local natural foods market instead of a conventional grocery store.

Remember, you can get through this holiday season without putting on the pounds. Just follow these tips …

  • When you eat, eat consciously. Enjoy your food. Really taste it. Savor it. Then stop before you’re full.
  • If you know you’re going to be eating dessert, hopefuly a healthy dessert, leave room for it. Or choose to have it a couple hours after your meal.
  • Have nuts, seeds and fruit for snacks.
  • If you’re going to have chocolate, make sure it’s healthy, organic dark chocolate.
  • Get a head start on healthy eating for the new year. Sign up for a free healthy eating e-class. You’ll get 5 brief e-mails with step by step lessons on what to do to get you on the healthy eating track, followed by a series of e-mails with additional support from recipes, recommended products and more healthy eating tips.

Have a happy and healthy holiday season.

Kids and Nutrition

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I received an order for 26 Food Additives books from Noonan Elementary Academy the other day. Over the years, I’ve received numerous orders from this school for these books, but I never knew how they used them.

I was curious … so this time I asked.

I was impressed!

The eighth grade curriculum includes a class in nutrition where the students learn about healthy eating. In this class, they take a look at the foods they eat and the ingredients in the foods. They look them up in the Food Additives book to see whether the ingredients are safe and what harmful effects the additives have on their bodies. Some of the students have been known to go home and let their parents know that they would like to eat healthier foods!

Noonan Academy is planning an organic garden. The produce from this garden will be used in their school lunch program. They encourage the students to eat the healthy lunches provided in their school cafeteria. For those students who have a need to bring their lunches, they provide healthy food guidelines.

In addition, the school does not allow unhealthy treats, like cupcakes, to be brought in for birthdays.

What a concept!

I’ve heard of a few other schools implementing a healthy school lunch program in the past. As a result, there was documented evidence of improved behavior, increased attention spans and better grades.

What if more schools did this?

What effect would there be on the health of the students and their families? If their whole families got involved with improving their diets, what effect would this have, not only on their health, but that of future generations?

As a country, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of the western world in state of health. Lifestyle diseases are rampant. Children are getting diseases that were once found only in older adults. It’s already predicted that today’s children will not live as long as their parents. Is this a trend we want to continue?

It is a fact that good nutrition is important for good health. Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation about what really is healthy to eat. The marketplace is full of so many nutrient deficient, processed, chemical non-foods being promoted as healthy, it’s no wonder people are confused and think they’re eating healthfully when in fact their food choices are leading them down the path of disease.

It makes so much sense to teach kids real nutrition… to get them in the habit of eating and enjoying truly healthy foods when young… so that they may carry this with them during their lifetime and feed their children and their families good foods that promote health, not disease.

If you’re the parent of a child in schools that serve less than healthy foods or have vending machines offering unhealthy choices, here are some things you can do …

  • Talk to your child’s school about improving the healthfulness of the choices they offer.
  • Talk to other parents with the same concerns and brainstorm what you can do to work with the school to help improve the quality of food the school offers.
  • Pack your child’s lunch with healthy foods.

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Vitamin Water Deception

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For some healthy alternatives to Vitamin Water, try