Holiday Foods Unmasked!

Keep an eye out for these holiday food waistline wreckers.

Holiday Foods Unmasked!

Portions can be deceptive, especially when they're holiday favorites that you don't think twice about eating. But some of the smallest foods are actually big belly-ruiners. Find out how five seasonal staples stack up against popular junk foods so you can keep a more watchful eye on your diet during the holidays.

1 Cup of Eggnog = 8 Oreos

Just one mug of this sweet concoction has about 360 calories, the same count as a few handfuls of Oreos – and that's without any booze! A cup of eggnog also beats the sweets with about 45 g of sugar versus the 40 g found in the cookies.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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