Emerging From the Holiday Health Rut

by Tandis Bishop

We wrote about healthy “holiday” eating in the November/December issue, so we thought to get you ready for January. If you are like most health-conscious people after the holiday feasting, you probably want to get back on track in terms of your daily diet. Even for the most avid health crusader, it is difficult not to slip a bit over the holidays. Family gatherings and celebrations generally revolve around food to some extent and in most cases you are not the one preparing the whole meal!

Healthy Holiday Cooking

by Tracy Rohland

The holidays are just around the corner, and as we all know, along with the festivities usually come enough sweet and savory goodies to last the whole year. This can spell trouble and temptation for those watching their diets, but don’t worry – it’s not necessary to completely abstain from eating your favorite dishes. With just a few substitutions, you can turn a fat and sugar-laden holiday season into a tasty and healthy one. Below are a few suggestions to use in your cooking. Try any combination of them and use your imagination to create tasty holiday treats!

    Prevent Excess Weight Gain While Enjoying Holiday Cooking

    by Tandis Bishop

    The Holiday season is here again and right along with it are all the tasty goodies and home-cooked meals that are such a part of our lives during this time. To the dismay of many of us however, these delectable indulgences tend to leave behind some undesirable extra pounds on our bodies. Is it possible to enjoy hearty meals and sweet treats without the extra pounds? We at Down to Earth say, “yes!” Read on for some ideas to help you maintain a healthy weight during the holidays...

      Fun in the Sun: Summer Safety Tips

      by Tracy Rohland

      It’s summer time! That means long days at the beach, hikes in the mountains, family get-togethers, outdoor parties and plenty of fun and sun. However, summertime can also mean sunburn, dehydration, and heatstroke if you are not careful. At Down to Earth, we want to arm you with a few simple tips to prevent these concerns so you can make the most of your summer.

      How to Avoid Gaining Weight at Christmas

      by Tracy Rohland

      Winter is here and holiday treats are on their way in abundance. During this time, it is not uncommon to worry about the numbers on the bathroom scale gradually increasing. So, this season do not let your weakness for Christmas cookies and pumpkin pie get the better of you by following a few suggestions to help you stay healthy

      • A vegetarian diet is the best place to start. By sticking to a vegetarian diet, you will avoid a lot of saturated fat and cholesterol.

        A Time to Give Thanks: The Vegetarian Way

        by Frank Santana

        Isn’t it wonderful that Mother Nature has given us all the plants we need to meet our nutritional requirements without having to slaughter animals for food ...and that in doing so, we improve our health and contribute to a cleaner and safer environment! This is one of the most important—and least understood--reasons for which we have to give thanks. It's one of the reasons why a few friends of mine will join together again this year to hold a vegetarian Thanksgiving feast. It’s their way of giving thanks.

        Move Slowly Towards a Healthy Vegetarian Diet: Best New Year’s Resolution

        by Tandis Bishop

        January is a time of the year when people think about shedding weight and making resolutions to get healthy. However well-meaning, most people who make such resolutions don’t stick with their "new" healthy commitments for very long. For many, it’s too difficult to keep up. Others grow impatient when the results they seek take longer than they want. Unfortunately, becoming truly healthy is not a quick fix. We need to go beyond New Year's resolutions.