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The New Year’s tradition of black-eyed peas — Bring on the luck and prosperity!

I moved down to Texas quite a number of years ago and when I had my first New Year’s was served black-eyed peas. It turns out it’s a Southern tradition—supposedly black-eyed peas bring luck and prosperity.

Apparently, the tradition started with the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah. But if you are in the South on New Year’s Day or even New Year’s Eve after the strike of midnight you might be served black-eyed peas. Continue reading

No need to deprive – just follow the 80/20 rule

One of my favorite nutrition and weight management tips is the 80/20 rule. What is the 80/20 rule? Eighty percent of the time you want to be doing the right thing—20 percent of the time you can afford some indulgences.Cobbler blueberry - neily

It’s an especially good rule this time of year—around the holidays but like all my tips it’s pertinent all through the year. Of course celebrations are expected and it’s not always easy to tighten the belt. So just follow the 80/20 rule and you’ll be good to go! Continue reading

Mind the BLTs! (The bites, licks, and tastes that make managing weight a challenge)

No, I’m not talking bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwiches—although love that kind of BLT (as a treat of course!). BLTs are nutrition speak for bites, licks and tastes. Have you ever considered calories consumed throughout the day that aren’t a part of meals you’re consuming? A little here, a little there – it can add up making it challenging to meet weight management goals. Continue reading

Eat your calories. Don’t drink your calories.

The holidays. Gotta love them. On the roads yesterday people were especially, hmmm, aggressive? Cutting people off, not allowing for merging, running ‘pink’ lights, etc. What happened to the holiday spirit? Where are people going that they can’t chill for just a few minutes? I had to laugh when a friend at the fitness center said, “I’m especially glad I’m Jewish this time of year—don’t have to be amongst all that shopping and craziness.” No kidding.

But I digress. This post isn’t about shopping or traffic or my pet peeves. It’s about another nutrition quick tip—pertinent not just over the holidays, but all year round. Continue reading

Enjoy the festivities. Celebrate the season. But don’t let it be a feeding frenzy!

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The holidays are in full swing! For some it’s a feeding frenzy starting with Halloween and sometimes not ending until the Superbowl!

Contrary to popular belief the average person does not gain 5-10 pounds over the holidays. They may gain one or two. The problem is it may not come off after the first of the year and therefore causing weight creep. Continue reading

If you don’t love it, don’t eat it!

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If you don’t love it, don’t eat it!

Have you ever taken a bite of food that wasn’t all that great but you went ahead and ate it anyway? I have been guilty of that and perhaps you too. It happens a lot around the holidays but it can happen anytime throughout the year: at a party, or someone brings something to the office or someone maybe even gives you a box of chocolates – great chocolates and something that you expect to be wonderful. You take a bite and it’s not what you expected. (You thought it would be much better.) But you ate it anyway. Why? If you don’t love it, don’t eat it!

If however it’s great, then savor the flavor and enjoy every single mouthful! Really take advantage of how wonderful it is. Because it’s a treat. BUT, if you don’t love it, don’t eat it. It will just be a waste on your waist. Wasted calories.

 Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Wellcoach® Certified Health Coach
http://NeilyonNutrition.com
@JenniferNeily

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