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9 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The holidays are a time to spread good tidings and cheer with family and friends, which usually involve parties with tables full of presents, high-calorie foods and drinks to delight in. With all of the events between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, it can be easy to gain unwanted weight. While recent research1 indicates that weight gain during the holidays might not be as drastic as previously thought (the study found that people gain an average of almost one pound during the holidays), it can still be hard to navigate the holiday season when you’re trying to lose weight.

 

But not to fear! We've rounded up our best tips on how to avoid holiday weight gain and eat healthy during the holidays. Here's to a healthy and happy holiday season!

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Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

Each year at Thanksgiving, most of us gather around the dinner table and spoil our taste buds, and often our weight loss intentions, with sugary cranberry sauce, salty gravy, and one too many scoops of mashed potatoes.   Is it possible to truly enjoy “turkey day” during your weight loss journey? Absolutely! Use these easy tips to help you stay on track during the long weekend—and get a healthy jump on the holiday season. Stay active & Make it a Family Affair You’ve got a
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Trade Body Bashing for Loving Your Body

You deserve to feel good about your body. Although it may be hard to believe, you can move past self-criticism to self-acceptance to even appreciating your body and all it can do. Here are six ways to better befriend your body. 1. Make a Body Can-Do List If you’ve long-held a negative image, you might have overlooked all the things your body has been able to do. Make a list of all the physical or sensual pleasures you can enjoy regardless of your weight. Do you like how it feels to wal
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A Healthy Diet at 40 - Tips for Staying Healthy

The aging process varies from person to person and depends on various factors, such as genetics and lifestyle choices. One thing that is consistent, however, is that lean tissue (your muscles and organs) begins to shrink through a process called atrophy, where cells shrink in size. In turn, fat goes up steadily, especially around the center of the body, and combined with a slowing metabolism, you’ll most likely experience weight gain.   One way to combat the aging process is through ke
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Tools for Every Starter Kitchen

New to cooking? Cooking your own food allows you to control how it’s prepared and how much seasoning is used. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to create your own flavor combinations! Whether you’re just starting to cook more often, have just moved to a new place or are curious as to what you may be missing, here are our essential tools for every starter kitchen.   Appliances   Here are a few extra appliances you may consider to help you with meal prep and cooking:   ·         T
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Why you should monitor your stress levels

Stress happens. Daily struggles, unexpected changes and tough life experiences can all cause stress, and over time that negative strain on your mind and body can build up, and potentially cause detrimental health problems.     Get moving The National Institute of Mental Health suggests getting regular movement to cope with stress, even if it’s just walking for 30 minutes every day. Physical activity releases brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, which triggers happy fee
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