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Healthy Holiday Recipes

12/18/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

It’s the holiday season and we all know what that means—delicious favorite foods are everywhere. It can be hard to turn down that extra cookie or Aunt Jane’s famous sweet potato casserole, even if you know you’ll regret the extra pounds next month. Thankfully, there are ways you can have your holiday treats without weight gain. One easy idea is to modify your favorite recipes with healthier alternatives for common ingredients. For example: Instead of whole eggs: egg whites…

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Healthy Gifts for the Holidays

12/18/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

As the holidays approach, you may find yourself searching for the perfect gift ideas for friends, family and neighbors. You can avoid the crowds and stress of last-minute holiday shopping this year. Add a personal touch to the gift-giving season by sharing your family’s favorite healthy treats and recipes. Whether you prepare your famous oatmeal cookies or try a new recipe, your holiday gifts are sure to spread love. Get in the spirit this year with these delicious and healthy desserts! 2 1/2…

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Food Calorie Counter: Does Your Plate Measure Up?

12/17/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Feasting on turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and other favorites is part of the holiday tradition in most families. If you want to maintain or lose weight this season, don’t forget the high calorie content in many holiday foods. Here’s a list of popular holiday foods with serving sizes and calorie counts to help you and your family be accountable for fitness and diet goals during holiday gatherings. This handy calorie counter can help you stay on track through all your holiday…

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Creating a Healthy Holiday Goodie Box

12/04/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

The holidays are a time to shower friends and family with love. When loved ones don’t live near, we sometimes have to find ways to show we care from a distance. Sending a healthy holiday goodie box is one way to express your love. Before you begin assembling a goodie box, consider the items your loved one enjoys. What are their hobbies or interests? Choose a gift basket or box to hold your items. Finally, consider creating a goodie box around a theme, like a box filled with baking items. Here…

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Healthy Holiday Eating

11/13/2014 | Bariatric & Medical Weight LossHealthy Eating

I always tend to gain a few extra pounds around the holidays.  Can you please provide a few strategies I can use to prevent this from happening this year? Preventing weight gain over the holidays is an important step for your health.  On average, Americans gain 1-2 pounds over the holidays.  This may not seem like much, but the problem occurs when this weight is not lost leading to a gradual gain over the years.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana now has the…

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Holiday Nutrition

11/10/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Turkey, eggnog, cookies, and candy. Holiday foods are delicious and not always good for you. While the average amount of weight gained over the holidays is less than a pound, most people never lose the holiday weight they gain. So, how can you stay healthy during the holidays? Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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Halloween Safety and Healthy Candy Alternatives

10/23/2014 | Healthy EatingSafety

Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for young children.  Our goal as adults is to try to make it both a fun and safe experience. Trick-or-treating can be dangerous if parents are not careful and cautious about their children’s surroundings. Are you taking appropriate measures for Halloween this year?  Below you will find answers to a few commonly asked questions: How can I choose an appropriate costume for my child? Choosing costumes is a very important part of…

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What to Eat or Avoid Before Bed

10/21/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

What you eat before bedtime can affect how well you sleep. As a rule of thumb, it’s best not to eat within an hour of going to sleep. A good bedtime snack, however, can help you relax and prepare for a night of rest. Depending on what you consume, food before bedtime can either help you sleep better or keep you from getting enough rest. Here’s what to avoid eating if you want to sleep: Caffeine: This may seem obvious since caffeine is a known stimulant, but most people don’t realize…

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Nutrition Myths & Facts

10/10/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Our understanding of nutrition has improved so much over time. So how can you eat to stay healthy? Separate nutrition fact from fiction to be as healthy as you can be. Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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Eating Disorders

08/21/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Many people are concerned with their body image and want to look their best in the latest fashions. Instead of increasing exercise and working on their diet, they take it to extremes and develop an eating disorder. Eating disorders are a daily struggle for 10 million females and 1 million males in the United States. What is an eating disorder? Eating disorders are illnesses that involve unhealthy relationships with food and exercise. Whether a person restricts food intake, binge eats, compulsively…

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