Slim Your Holidays

You can indulge without the bulge!

You can indulge without the bulge!

Tis’ the season when the gatherings of gifts and friends can cut into our exercise time and layer on extra calories.  But, it doesn’t have to be that way.  You only need to make a few conscious choices to get through the holidays unscathed.  The key is to decide now what your eating and exercise rules will be for this month.  Here are some tips to help you out…

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Crunch on Cranberries

Cranberries are crammed with antioxidants.

Cranberries are crammed with antioxidants.

Way before the pilgrims were introduced to cranberries, the Native Americans used them for food, medicine, and in ceremonies. They would grind up the cranberries and combine them with cornmeal to make a poultice for wounds (to counteract blood poisoning).

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Yummy Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin parade in Central Park, New York

Pumpkin parade in Central Park, New York

Pumpkins are plentiful now and there are plenty of good reasons for eating them.  First of all, this darker-fleshed member of winter squash is loaded with carotenoids—the deeper the color, the richer the concentration.  Carotenoids are powerful anti-oxidants that have been shown to be protective against cardiovascular disease, stroke, and many cancers.

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Choose Cherries for Achy Joints

Cherries are sweet for our joints!

Cherries are sweet for our joints!

Next time you’re feeling a little stiff and achy, chomp on some cherries or chug some cherry juice.  Cherries (both sweet & sour) contain flavonoids (anthocyanins), which give this fruit its dark color (the darker, the more anthocyanins).  These healing compounds promote blood circulation and joint health, and decrease inflammation and excess body acids.  Cherries are also a good source of Vitamin C, copper, iron, potassium and pectin.  And, to top it off, each cherry has only 5 calories.

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