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11.23.11

Avoid a food coma this Thanksgiving!

It happens every year… Thanksgiving comes, there is more food than you know what to do with, and the next thing you know everyone is asleep on the couch. A “food coma” is never fun, even though all of that food tastes so amazing 😉 A food coma is actually a real thing, also know as “post-prandial somnolence.” What this means is that your blood sugar is elevated (much, much higher than normal) from a large, carbohydrate-rich meal. You begin to feel sleepy because your body is using blood and energy to aid in digestion, rather than normal functions. Here are some tips to avoid the dreaded food coma this year and keep your waistline where you want it:

  • Go for a walk after eating to help you digest and keep blood sugar levels in check.
  • Have a game to play after dinner, preferably one that does not require sitting for long periods of time.
  • Eat earlier, so you aren’t also tired because it is late at night.
  • Alcohol adds a lot of calories, makes you tired, and can lead to overeating. Just drinking a little less can make a world of difference!
  • Eat fewer carbs. Stick to the turkey, salad, veggies, fruit, and other dishes that are not overly starchy or sugary (which make you feel sluggish!).
  • Don’t overeat. Just because it is Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you need to stuff yourself. Take small portions of the dishes you really love, then wait about 15 minutes before going back for seconds. It takes a while for your brain to recognize that you are full, so if you slow down and wait, chances are you will rethink the second helpings.

Use these tips and enjoy Thanksgiving—remember that it’s not just about the food, but the people you are with and the time you spend with them!

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11.20.11

Fall Skin Care

Although I am SO happy that it is finally cooling off, the change in weather also means my skin has been so dry lately! Here are some tips for keeping your skin looking great as the seasons change:

  • Don’t fall asleep with your makeup on! Not only will it clog your pores, but it can also cause bacteria to grow on your pillows.
  • If your skin is already dry, avoid drinking too much caffeine. Caffeine makes skin more dry and will make fine lines and wrinkles look worse.
  • Wash your face with lukewarm water. Hot water strips the top layer of skin (drying it out), and both hot and cold water can cause capillaries to break.
  • Even though it is not as hot, don’t forget to drink water! Good hydration is one of the best things you can do for your skin.
  • Don’t exfoliate skin more than once a week. Over-exfoliating removes necessary oils that keep skin moist.
  • There is typically an abundance sugar-containing foods available around the holidays, but unfortunately over-indulging may break down collagen and cause sagging skin.
  • Keep using sunscreen all year long, not just in the summer!
  • Try this recipe for a homemade pumpkin face mask: Combine 1 cup of canned pumpkin mashed with an egg yolk and a few tablespoons of buttermilk. Then smooth the mixture onto your face and neck, letting sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. Via
  • Don’t wash your face too much. Over cleansing will strip skin of oils and can result in redness and rashes along with dry skin.

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11.12.11

Healthy School Lunches

Getting your kids to eat healthy at school can be a bit of a challenge, especially with the food choices that are typically offered in cafeterias. Schools often get rebates from food companies when they buy large quantities of food from them. Unfortunately, this food is often filled with high fructose corn syrup, salt, and trans fat. While it may be more time-consuming to make a lunch at home every day, it can be very easy to put together a healthy lunch for your kids. Here are a few ideas for kid-friendly and healthy lunches:

  • Make your own “Lunchables” by cutting up of cheese and nitrate-free deli meats with whole grain crackers and a piece of fruit.
  • Veggie sticks
  • Apples with nut butter
  • Make your own trail mix and let your kids pick out which nuts, seeds, and dried fruit they want in it
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Fruit salad
  • Celery with nut butter and raisins

Ask your kids what they want to eat, so they don’t miss out on their favorite foods. Don’t make it a big deal to them that they are having a healthy lunch—it’s just a normal lunch that happens to have healthy foods in it! The goal is to create healthy habits early, but not obsessions. Make sure they have treats every once in a while, too (just not as a reward)!

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