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As we near Christmas and New Year’s the hustle and bustle of the holidays can become overwhelming. All the chaos can be stressful and rob us of the joy of this time of year. Sometimes, we need to just slow down and use simpler, more hassle-free ways to celebrate. This is a great time to pull out the slow cooker that is hiding somewhere in your kitchen cabinet or pantry. You can assemble the recipe in the cooker in the morning and then let it cook throughout the day while you go about your other holiday activities.  Afterward, you can come home to a meal that is well on its way to being ready to serve. Slow cookers can also be handy for preparing, holding and serving hot items for holiday gatherings and parties.

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You have probably heard of or even tried a “detox diet”. It’s currently a popular trend in the world of nutrition. “Detoxing” describes a process that removes toxins from your body. Toxins is a pretty general term; it can mean byproducts of metabolism such as urea, the breakdown of medications, or you may even hear someone say they had a wild weekend and they need to “detox”.  The human body is fascinating because it has entire processes and organs dedicated to the removal of toxins. These organs and processes are at work all the time. Even so, your body can never remove 100% of all toxins in your body, but rather keeps them at a healthy and manageable level.

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The holiday season is almost in full swing as the arrival of Thanksgiving is this week. For many, Thanksgiving begins the time of the three F’s: Family, Feasting and the beginning of not Fitting into our clothes.  Thanksgiving is a time to get together and be thankful for all the blessings that we have received in the past year.  It is tradition to celebrate this holiday with lots of good food including turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, pumpkin everything and lots of desserts. 

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The holidays can be a rough time if healthy eating and an active lifestyle are your goals. It’s getting colder out, and we just aren’t as inclined to get outside and get some exercise. Not to mention the two to three month stint of decadent meals and drinks that are at our fingertips as a means of celebration. Don’t get me wrong, I love this time of year. The cakes, the cookies, the pies…there’s nothing wrong with sampling a slice here and there, but if I am going to eat something sweet, I make a conscience effort to eat something sweet. But for a lot of folks, we eat things that have been sweetened with sugar and we aren’t even aware. Coffee and energy drinks, yogurt, frozen pizzas, even salad dressings can have a lot of sugar in them (personally, I would rather have a chocolate chip cookie to top off my meal versus a big spoonful of Ranch dressing as my dessert, how about you?).

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of fall! It is a time to visit with friends and family, the weather is just right, but most importantly you get to enjoy wonderful food! Thanksgiving begins the feasting season and if you’re not careful you may overeat on this day. Since this is a holiday, and it only comes once a year there is no need to deprive yourself. You just need to be conscious and go into the meal with a plan and stick to it. Below are some simple tips to help conquer portion control.

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Halloween is just a few days away and it is estimated that Americans spend approximately two billion dollars on Halloween candy each year. According to a poll conducted by Influenster, America’s favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and North Carolina’s favorite is the Butterfinger.

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It’s that time of year again!  The Fall season is upon us and we start seeing that word everywhere, “Pumpkin.”  It seems that many brand name products believe that everything can use a little bit of spice……that is, Pumpkin Spice.  So far this season I have found pumpkin lattes, pumpkin Oreos, pumpkin protein bars, pumpkin chips, pumpkin cake, pumpkin bread, pumpkin Cheerios, pumpkin cookies, and the list goes on. For many consumers it’s all about the pumpkin signaling the beginning of the Fall season.  While many food industries take this ingredient to an extreme, and use it in many sugar filled products, let’s take a closer look at the pumpkin and it’s nutritious side.

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