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Tips to healthy up your holiday cookies

December 12th, 2010 - By Jim Romanoff for The Associated Press

These classic, crispy Pecan-Cinnamon Wafers are made with 100 percent whole-wheat pastry flour and are laced with healthy, monounsaturated fat-rich pecans. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

These classic, crispy Pecan-Cinnamon Wafers are made with 100 percent whole-wheat pastry flour and are laced with healthy, monounsaturated fat-rich pecans. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

More so than most holiday desserts, cookies are the perfect portion controlled treat that—when enjoyed in moderation—can be a better option than a big wedge of pie or cake. But in case you plan on eating more than one, there are some strategies for baking a healthier holiday cookie.

For starters, you can add fiber and nutrients by replacing some or all of the white flour with whole wheat. In most cases, up to half of the all-purpose flour can be replaced with whole wheat without significant changes to flavor and texture.

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Mental health issues can transform happy holidays into blue Christmas

December 11th, 2010 - By Amie Steffen, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Grumpy

Extravagant holiday displays, malls filled with shoppers and the lilt of Christmas carols put most people in a good mood, ready to embrace the holidays, time with family and the upcoming winter.But others languish while those around them seem blissful. They may be haunted by memories of loved ones they’ve lost who won’t be around for Christmas, or stressed by the thought of being thrown together with relatives.

Hospitalizations and suicidal feelings among those who are depressed peak at this time of year, according to Amanda Schara, a counselor at Allen Counseling Center in Waterloo. “The winter months get hard for a lot of people, not only because of all the holiday stress, but also because the days are getting shorter,” she said. Something as simple as not being able to afford a gift for a loved one—or larger issues such as having a relative called to military duty—can make Christmas tough.

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Hospital to host 15th annual Wings of Healing program

December 10th, 2010 - By The Times, nwi.com

Judy Gresko, president of St. Catherine Auxiliary, places an angel on the Wings of Healing tree during last year’s program. St. Catherine Hospital’s annual Wings of Healing program allows participants to honor or memorialize a loved one during the holiday season. Donations support the hospital’s health care scholarship program. Over the past 15 years, nearly $50,000 has been raised from this event. (Photograph courtesy of St. Catherine Hospital.)

Judy Gresko, president of St. Catherine Auxiliary, places an angel on the Wings of Healing tree during last year’s program. St. Catherine Hospital’s annual Wings of Healing program allows participants to honor or memorialize a loved one during the holiday season. Donations support the hospital’s health care scholarship program. Over the past 15 years, nearly $50,000 has been raised from this event. (Photograph courtesy of St. Catherine Hospital.)

St. Catherine Hospital’s 15th annual Wings of Healing program allows participants to honor or memorialize a loved one during the holiday season.

For a $10 donation, individuals, businesses and organizations can have a personalized angel hung on the Wings of Healing celebration tree. Personalized angel cards are sent to honorees or families to commemorate the event. For a $25 donation, the donor also receives an angel ornament. All Wings of Healing honorees and memorials are recorded in the official Wings of Healing book located near the St. Catherine Hospital donor wall.

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Ho Ho Noooo—’Tis the season to be flabby

December 4th, 2010 - By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune (MCT)

Santa

Put down the peppermint-cream-cheese brownie. Step away from the candy-cane-crusted chocolate martini.

Between holiday treats at the office and post-work party dessert bonanzas—not to mention booze, booze, booze—risk is high that you’re beginning to look a lot like Santa.

The good news is that you can indulge in holiday festivities without gaining weight, as long as you mind your metabolism.

Two experts on nutrition and fitness offer advice for navigating caloric minefields and maximizing your metabolism on a typical day of the holiday season, when co-workers go on baking sprees and exercise takes a back seat to cocktail parties.

Ben Greenfield is a Seattle-based nutritionist and physical trainer (bengreenfieldfitness.com). Paula Owens is a holistic nutritionist and fitness expert based in Phoenix (paulaowens.com).

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Gearing up and down for the holiday season

December 1st, 2010 - By Jan Jarvis, McClatchy Newspapers

‘Tis the season for racing through the mall, staying up late decorating the tree and spending all weekend baking cookies. But it does not have to be that way.

A simpler holiday season could be in your future. It is possible to slow things down, focus on what matters and toss aside those so-called traditions that have lost their meaning. Instead of ending up exhausted and depressed, you could wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take in all the meaningful moments that this time of the year offers.

Here’s some ways to get you started.

Think happy thoughts

Join the Happiness Project and in no time you’ll be spreading holiday cheer.

Gretchen Rubin spent a year test-driving theories on how to achieve happiness and turned the results into her best-selling book The Happiness Project. You’ll find plenty of info there, but she also has a website packed with inspirational quotes, articles and advice your mother probably never gave you.

How to make healthier holiday drinks

November 25th, 2010 - By Alison Johnson, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) (MCT)

Many people put on a few pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s—and it’s not just food that’s to blame. Popular cold-weather beverages also can be packed with calories, fat and sugar. “They can really add up and do a number on your waistline,” says Gloria Tsang, a Washington-based registered dietitian. Here are tips from Tsang and other nutrition experts to make drinks healthier:

Substitute ingredients. Hot chocolate and eggnog still taste great with low-fat or skim milk instead of whole. You can also use egg substitutes in eggnog and keep it liquor-free.

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Turkey trouble? Help is a click away

November 20th, 2010 - By Michelle Locke for The Associated Press

MessyKitchen

Need to talk turkey? Baffled by Brussels sprouts? Sure, you could go old school and call a 1-800 holiday helpline. But these days, cooks are finding inspiration, or salvation as the case may be, online.

From smart phone apps that put together your grocery lists to Twitter sessions that answer your pressing pumpkin questions, traditional sources of holiday help are transforming to meet the demands of a digital age.

“People are just going online more and more to get their Thanksgiving questions answered,” said Angela Moore, vice president of foodnetwork.com.

Traffic to that site’s Thanksgiving section has been growing annually and this month marked the launch of Food Network’s In The Kitchen app, which features 45,000 recipes from the network’s chefs, including monthly seasonal menus, which for November, naturally, will be Thanksgiving-centric.

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Relax and refresh

November 13th, 2010 - By Heather Augustyn, Lu Ann Franklin, Erika Rose and Sharon Biggs Waller

relaxandrefresh

You already know by now that eating well and exercising keep you from putting on the typical holiday pounds. And that’s important. But what’s even more important is simply having enough energy to get through the hustle and bustle of the season. With all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, wrapping and entertaining you’ll be doing in the next couple of months, you’ll definitely need a boost to keep going at full force—or at least to avoid crashing on the couch after turkey dinner.

In this special section, health care experts from all over the region give their advice on how to stay refreshed and rejuvenated during the holidays. This holiday season, don’t let stress and sluggishness get the best of you. Learn how to get refreshed.

FOOD & DRINK
You’ll learn about the best energy-inducing foods and drinks you can enjoy at home, on the go and at a party.

» Rescue your holiday diet
» Get a liquid boost

How to bust stress with food

November 12th, 2010 - By Alison Johnson, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) (MCT)

The holiday season often brings stress along with fun, but certain foods may help your nerves—without packing on pounds. “There are foods that really do have calming properties based on how their specific nutrients are used by the body,” says Gloria Tsang, a registered dietitian and founder of the online nutrition site HealthCastle.com. Here are five smart moves:

Work citrus fruits into your meals. These fruits are rich in vitamin C, which research has shown may help lower blood pressure and other physiological reactions during stressful situations. Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes and kiwis are all good choices.

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Rescue your holiday diet

November 11th, 2010 - By Erika Rose

If you’re the type to abandon your typically healthy eating habits when the turkey and stuffing hits the table, too weak to confront the temptations of the coming season, ultimately leaving you to trudge through the holidays void of energy, listen up!

Registered dietitian Kim Kramer of Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey and clinical dietitian Jerry Sabo of The Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville share some smart moves they use at home, on the go and at a party to stay energized through the season while not depriving themselves.

First off, Sabo says it’s not just simple carbs and added sugar that are weighing you down, but a lack of exercise is a big contributor to that tired feeling. To make the most of the following tips, exercising—especially on the day you plan to indulge a little—can go a long way in warding off the sluggishness, Sabo says.

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