The phrase “healthy eating” rarely goes together with Thanksgiving or Christmas recipes, many of which are sugary, processed, and altogether very easy to overeat. You needn’t abstain to stay healthy around the holidays, but you can indulge mindfully with these 7 strategies. 1. Start your day right. Eating a healthy, nourishing breakfast sets the rest
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For many people, that festive season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day represents fun, family, friends, and gifts. The holidays also revolve around food and sometimes trigger stress, both of which can create weight gain. Research shows that the average person gains a little over a pound or more between mid-November and mid-January. The
The average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar and 133 pounds of flour per year, says Mark Hyman, MD, in Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? That’s nearly three-quarters of a pound daily, or as Hyman notes, “a pharmacologic dose our bodies were not designed to handle.” We eat too much sugar, and this
Your body secretes about 50 hormones that control many critical functions including metabolism, homeostasis (balance), sexual activity, and contraction of the heart muscle. Think of hormones as messenger molecules that one part of your body makes and then transports (via the bloodstream) elsewhere. Your pancreas, for instance, secretes insulin, a hormone that helps your body
The Discovery of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) Scurvy, a clinical syndrome that results from vitamin C deficiencies, was first reported in 1550 BC. The description from Hippocrates sounds grim: “The mouth feels bad; the gums are detached from the teeth; blood runs from the nostrils…ulcerations on the legs; some of these heal… skin is thin.”