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Second Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange -- Click Here

This year's cookie recipes includes a few from our beloved editor, and a faithful reader, plus a couple of recipes from the Kwanzaa and Hanukkah cookie books, also. Give some of these a try, and make your Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah special!!

December Recipes - Click Here

The holiday season means families coming together to share their time and happiness and their traditions together. And different families have different ways of celebrating the holidays. This month, we have put together a meal that incorporates some recipes from Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and a few from the Christmas menu as well. Whatever holiday you're celebrating, this meal will bring together all the goodness from this season and bring together all the people who celebrate them too. As always, we wish you well this holiday season, and hope for happiness in the New Year!!!

We'd love to feature one of your favorite recipes in any one of our monthly issues, just send them on to us at Hope to hear from all of you in the following months!

Avoid Gaining Weight During Holidays

This holiday season donít be trendy Ė avoid the Seasonal Seven (the average weight most Americans gain between Thanksgiving and New Yearís). Thatís one trend you donít want to participate in!

I know what you are thinking Ė the holidays are a time for fun and indulgence. You donít want to think about fitness during that time. You want to enjoy yourself. Okay, before you accuse me of being the Grinch, you should know that I completely agree. The festivities donít have to be eliminated or avoided, because you can have a fabulous time while also maintaining your weight and your fitness regimen.

The secret to achieving a holiday season that is both full of fun and also includes fitness is found in moderation. There are two typical approaches to the seasonal festivities: 1) throw all healthy habits out the window and indulge in every guilty pleasure 2) starve and binge approach (for example, you eat nothing all day long to allow yourself to overindulge in party food). Of course, neither approach is successful at maintaining a healthy, fit lifestyle throughout the holiday season.

As I mentioned above, the key is found in moderation. With a moderate approach both to what you eat (or donít eat) and how much exercise you do (or donít do), you can avoid packing on extra weight AND also partake in all the fun of the season. So this season, get a head start on the New Year instead of starting January with extra pounds to lose.

Here are some tips to help you:

I hope these tips will help you find a balance between staying fit and also enjoying the fun of the season.

For additional fitness tips, visit Remember, moderation is the key. Have a great holiday season!

Written by: Maria Albus

A NEAT Approach to Weightloss

When we think of exercise, we usually think of setting aside an amount of time to devote to going to a gym, or getting on a treadmill in the basement. However, as explained in last week's letter, we can also burn calories with "Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis" (NEAT) just by moving a little extra during the day.

Physical activity has been taken out of our society. We have cars, remote controls, elevators and escalators. Sometimes even finding a staircase can be a challenge. When we do find them, they are often dull and dreary. We have become a society that is programmed to sit (and often eat) whenever we can, even in our jobs.

An interesting study involving 2140 people looked at using automatic devices verses lifestyle activity. 97% of the people chose elevators and escalators over stairs, and 99% chose automatic doors over manual. People were even willing to line up to use an automated form even if the manual form was quicker! Recent studies also show that people who are obese spend more time sitting and lying down than people who are lean.

Enhancing one's daily lifestyle using NEAT is easy and can significantly improve long term weight loss success. In addition, we are more likely to continue NEAT activity than structured activity (i.e. exercising at a gym). NEAT activity is an additive to diet, exercise, and behaviour modification, and NOT meant to replace them in weight loss.

How can we incorporate NEAT activity?

NEAT represents a creative addition to our lifestyles. We all need to look at what we can add and then make it a habit. So get thinking - how can you move a little more during your day?

Submitted by: Dr. Doug

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