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Have A Healthy Holiday Without Foregoing Favorites

Many of us look forward to the holidays for the time off from work, celebrations with friends and family, and, of course, delicious food. Eating healthy during the holidays doesn't mean passing on the foods you love — pumpkin pie, turkey with gravy, or stuffing and mashed potatoes. Instead of restricting yourself, be mindful of your portions.

Fill half of your plate with veggie dishes like green beans, Brussels sprouts or squash. Split the other half between turkey and starches, such as potatoes or stuffing. And instead of going for seconds right away, give your body time to adjust to the food. You'll often find one plate is enough to make you full.

When it comes to pie or other sweets, there is no need to ignore them, but instead try splitting a portion with someone. That way you can enjoy it without overindulging. If you approach Christmas (or other holiday meals) with this mindset, you'll find yourself leaving happy and satisfied.

Five Ways to Lower your Cholesterol

  • Watch your weight
  • Fill up on fiber
  • Reduce high fat foods
  • Eat more fish
  • Relax more

A Tough Pill To Swallow

You would probably expect that a person's weight, age and sex can affect the way medications work, but you may not realize that what you eat and drink also has an effect. Some medications have different effects depending on if they're taken on a full or empty stomach. Alcohol can also add to the side effects caused by medications.

When taking medications, it is important that you follow the instructions on the label and the directions from your doctor or pharmacist. Some potentially dangerous food-drug interactions include:

  1. Vitamin K + warfarin — Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting. Foods with high Vitamin K content, such as kale or spinach, can prevent a blood thinner, like warfarin, from working.

  2. Grapefruit juice + statins — Compounds in grapefruit juice increase the potency of statins, putting you at a higher risk for side effects.

  3. Antibiotics + milk products — Calcium found in milk products can bind with some antibiotics in your stomach, which may prevent your body from fully absorbing them.