Showing posts from December, 2017

4 Heart-Healthy Recipes For Your New Year's Eve Bash

Planning a party for New Year’s Eve? Check out these delicious and heart-healthy appetizers sure to make your festivities a hit that will impress even the pickiest of foodies. 

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Your Survival Guide For Holiday Parties

With the countdown to Christmas officially underway, your only focus should be on having fun. Holiday cheer comes in all shapes and sizes. For some, this may mean doing some last minute shopping, traveling to see friends and family or attending that annual holiday party. Oh—and who can forget baking some cookies, too?
And with only a few days to go until the big 2-5 (can you believe it’s already here?) it’s hard to keep all that seasonal stress under wraps. That’s why we’ve created a Santa-approved survival guide to help make all of your upcoming holiday parties the best—and healthiest—yet.
Crunch your calories. Before heading to the party, which likely has some irresistible treats, help yourself to some healthy helpings of lean protein, whole grains and fresh produce. Maybe those freshly-baked treats won’t look so delicious with a full tummy—right?
Make a plan. And stick to it. Before heading to a party, decide what foods you’re willing to splurge on—whatever you think you’ll enjoy the…

Attention Holiday Lovers: 4 Perfect Recipes

In a season where we’re surrounded by baked goods and sweet treats—not that anyone’s complaining—healthy holiday traditions can be hard to come by (if not impossible).
And when you have your eyes set on January for New Year’s resolutions and new diets, it’s easy to spend the better part of December enjoying your few remaining cheat days. But instead of sacrificing good health in the name of being festive, try these easy holiday recipes—not only are they delicious, they’re also nutritious.
Roasted Chestnuts
You don’t have to use an open fire to enjoy these holiday favorites. After all, who has time for that—right? So, skip the fire and enjoy the nutrients that Chestnuts offer—like fiber, vitamin C and manganese. Break out the festive attire, play some Nat King Cole and follow these easy steps:
Ingredients: Shelled chestnuts
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Cut and “X” shape into the flat side of each chestnut (leave the shells on). 3. Place the chestnuts on a baking sheet so th…

6 Reassuring Reasons To Love Your Period

The struggle is real. After all, it’s the busiest time of the year and routine things, like your period, don’t get the memo. While it may be the last thing you want to deal with in the midst of the holiday season, there may be some unexpected reasons to love your period.
Of course, this doesn’t make the bloating, cramping and discomfort any easier. But exercise, calcium-rich foods, fiber may do the trick. So, with all of that being said, what are the period positives? Here’s why you should go with the flow:
1. You get a snapshot of your overall health.
For starters, the fact that you even have a period is an indication that everything is running smoothly. After all, everything from weight and stress to exercise and thyroid health can impact your regularity. The heaviness of your flow can also say a lot. For instance, it may signal that you have PCOS, uterine fibroids or pelvic inflammatory disease.  
2. You may be burning more calories.
Your basal metabolic rate, or the rate at which you …

6 Fixes For Bloodshot Eyes (Without Eye Drops)

It’s that holly jolly time of year—where everywhere you look you see red and green. And while red may be the perfect color for your favorite holiday sweater and festive décor, it’s the last color you want to see in your eyes. That’s right—we’re talking about bloodshot eyes. Between allergies, lack of sleep or just plain exhaustion from looking at a screen all day, it’s hard to avoid tired-looking eyes.
While you may reach for eye drops as your go-to source for soothing relief, you may actually be doing more harm than good. In fact, many studies have shown that redness-reducing eye drops only treat the symptoms of bloodshot eyes by constricting the blood vessels to make them less visible. Over time, using these eye drops too frequently can cause your eyes to develop a dependency which may cause blood vessel swelling to worsen.
So, instead of reaching for eye drops as often as you reach for lip balm, here are some alternative ways to reduce redness all while keeping your eyes healthy an…

Is A Dog On Your Healthy Holiday Wish List?

There’s no denying that a dog can be a great addition to your household. And once the holiday season settles in, it gets even harder to resist those sweet, furry faces (just look at that cute little guy). But it isn’t just puppy kisses and warm cuddles that you’ll enjoy with your new canine friend; you’ll also get a big health boost. And what's better than the gift of good health? Some benefits include:
·Lower blood pressure ·Lower heart rate ·Lower cholesterol ·Lower stress ·Increased physical activity
In addition to these health benefits for all age groups, recent studies have highlighted the significant benefit that dogs offer for children and older adults. For instance, man’s furry best friend might provide some protection against allergic diseases, like eczema.
So, if a new furry companion is at the top of your wish list this holiday season, here are a few things to consider:
   1. Start by thinking about your living space, the American Kennel Club suggests. Do you live in a house…

5 Things You Can Do Now (To Prevent Heart Disease Later)

Heart disease has developed quite the reputation, but not for anything good of course. When you think of heart disease, what comes to mind? That it’s the number one killer of both men and women or maybe that it’s something that you only have to worry about when you’re older.
Despite all of its negative qualities, there is one good thing about heart disease—you actually have the power prevent it. “Before you assume that it’s too late, or that you’re doomed to have heart disease, evidence has shown that healthy lifestyle changes at any stage of life can help to reverse and prevent damage,” says Jim John, MD, an affiliated cardiologist with Gwinnett Consultants in Cardiology.
   1. Don’t Overlook the Small Stuff
When it comes to the biggest risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, extra weight and lack of exercise, most of these are the result of small, everyday choices that add up.
The good news is making life style changes to be more heart healthy does…

6 Healthy Ways To Sleigh Holiday Stress

With the holidays just around the corner, you know the drill—holiday songs on every radio station, festive parties to attend and special gifts to find. Heck, just reading this article, you can probably feel the stress starting to grow, right along with your to-do list. And if miraculously getting everything done wasn’t enough, you’re expected to be merry and jolly all season long or risk being called a Scrooge.
So, is there anything you can do to put a ho-ho-hold on these seasonal stressors? According to Barbara Joy Jones, DO, a primary care physician at GMG’s Gwinnett Family Medical Care in Snellville, here are 6 easy things you can do to stay feeling holiday-obsessed instead of seasonally-stressed.
1. Get organized. Oftentimes, trying to keep track of everything you need to do by memory alone can be anxiety-inducing on its own, let alone during the holidays. We tend to overthink things, going over them again and again, which only amplifies things and makes them feel more stressful.

Can You Stop A Cold In Its Tracks?


4 Cold-Weather Exercising Problems—Solved

When the winter months arrive, bringing with them colder temperatures and fewer hours of daylight, it’s enough to make even the toughest exerciser head indoors. But for those of you that are tough enough to endure the chilly weather—you know who you are—you’ll likely encounter at least a few of the season’s unique difficulties. Between tight muscles, stiff joints, sniffles and toes that are numb, staying active in the cold is anything but easy.
So, despite your dedication to staying active, if you think exercising in the cold bites, listen up. Kristie Willhoit, MS, Fitness Specialist with GMC’s Sports Medicine Program, provides easy ways to overcome some of the most common cold-weather annoyances.
   1. You’re either too hot or too cold. When it’s chilly outside, layers are your best friend—you can take things off or add on as needed. However, even when you dress in layers, it’s still hard to find that perfect temperature.
Solution: It may sound obvious, but before heading out for your…