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New Year’s Eve parties are going to be in full swing. Parties and gatherings usually feature special foods, and often they are made with rich, fatty, calorie-laden ingredients. How to survive without gaining weight or seeing your blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol go off the charts? Moderation in everything is a pretty good rule of thumb.
Here are some holiday party survival tips to save calories:
New Year’s Eve parties are lots of fun, and you don’t want to spend your time fretting about your food intake. It is a special time with family and friends but you can maintain reasonable eating even at the merriest of gatherings. Other tips:
I seem to always talk about lightening-up your favorite recipes. With two major holidays still ahead, let’s review what this means. To lighten-up means you prepare the recipe to cut down on calories, fat, sugar and/or salt. Which ingredients you focus on will depend upon your health needs. For example, if you have diabetes, you might try to lower the sugar content or if you have high blood pressure, you will want to reduce the salty ingredients.
Lower the Salt/Sodium:
Lower the Fat:
Lower the Sugar:
Many of your favorite recipes can have small ingredient adjustments but with a big health pay-off. Before you automatically make your holiday favorites the same ole way, glance over the ingredient listing to see where you can lighten-up.
So many possible changes.
October is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Celiac Disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that affects about 1 person out of every 133. Researchers at the U. of Maryland School of Medicine have found it is on the rise in the elderly. Since 1972 Celiac Disease in the U.S has doubled every 15 years.
In Celiac Disease, the body cannot digest the protein gluten. Classic symptoms of Celiac Disease include
Gluten is found in wheat, wheat bran & wheat germ; barley and rye. This includes farina, most pasta & couscous, many cereals (Raisin Bran, Wheaties, Total, Grapenuts & Shredded Wheat).
Plan meals and snacks around gluten-free foods:
Thicken soups, stews, etc. with tapioca, cornstarch & potato starch rather than flour.
Keeping a gluten-free kitchen means reading ingredient labels thoroughly.
Have on hand healthy snacks for all family members:
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