It’s Christmas – Give Yourself a Break

For the weight conscious, Christmas can be a somewhat stressful holiday.

It is a time of gluttony and excess, and for those of us who are trying in vain to lose a few pounds, the temptation to gorge can be overpowering. One can ultimately be left with nothing other than feelings of guilt and remorse.

Doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?

To avoid this from happening, my advice is simple: eat whatever the hell you like and do so without guilt.

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Chicken Tikka, Lentil, and Spinach Salad

If you associate salads with a lack of flavour, this recipe will knock you for six. In reality, it is about as far removed from a salad as a meal can be while still being called a salad. I’m no salad fan but this is one of my lunchtime staples – that’s the greatest endorsement I can give it.

Jamie Oliver provided the original inspiration for this recipe, but I have taken his creation and drastically simplified it. What’s left is a meal with a depth of flavour that defies its simplicity.

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Monica Olivas on Running, Eating, and Repeating

When it comes to dieting, we all have our weaknesses – both in terms of what we eat and how we eat it.

Some of us have a sweet tooth and find our dieting efforts ruined by excessive snacking. Meanwhile, some of us eat relatively healthy diets but let ourselves down when it comes to portion control.

That second issue is what I want to discuss in this article, as it is central to one of the most important (yet straightforward) factors of controlling weight loss and ensuring long-term weight management.

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How to Poach Eggs Perfectly (Every Time)

Poached eggs, in my opinion, are at the pinnacle of egg gastronomy. They represent that perfect culinary mix of healthy and tasty. They can help you to lose weight too. But that’s not all – they’re also really easy to make, despite what you may think.

While there’s something about poaching an egg that puts the fear of God into many people, in reality there is a very simple process you can follow to nail poached eggs every time. I’m going to share that process with you below.

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When Do You Want to Die?

I have a vivid memory of finding out about serial killers when I was a child. The notion that I could be killed, seemingly at random, was terrifying.

My discovery of the concept of death and its seemingly random nature came as a shock, as perhaps it did for you in your youth. However, what many adults don’t fully appreciate is just how much control we have over our own mortality. While it can be all too easy to sit back and accept that death will come for you when it is good and ready, it is likely that the time of your death will be determined, at least in part, by you.

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Steve Kamb on Perhaps the Easiest and Most Sustainable Way to Lose Weight

Weight loss can be a simple and even enjoyable process if you approach it from the right perspective. Start by setting a realistic target (any weight loss is to be celebrated), and follow that up by making relatively minor tweaks to your eating habits in order to encourage the pounds to drop off, slowly but surely.

With that process in mind, today’s guest on Healthy Enough recently suggested one simple minor tweak to me that alone could be enough to grant you the weight loss you desire.

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How to Chop Fresh Herbs

Many people view herbs as more trouble than they’re worth, but they’re missing out on a world of flavour. While dried herbs are okay (and certainly better than nothing), you cannot beat fresh herbs.

With that in mind, in this brief article I want to reveal the easiest way to chop fresh herbs. I hope that by doing so, you are encouraged to incorporate them into your cooking more often.

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Simple, Healthy, and Tasty Chicken Stir-Fry

This quick and easy meal is a regular at lunchtime for me, but with one simple addition it is versatile enough to enjoy for dinner too.

Speaking of versatile, although I have included my preferred list of vegetables below, you can chuck practically anything (within reason) in this and still produce a delicious meal. While the ingredients list may look imposing, don’t worry – it is really easy to make.

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How to Beat Food Addiction (In 3 Steps)

When it comes to diet and weight loss, failure can often be caused by just one repeated misdemeanour. You may be able to get through most of the day eating healthily, only to let yourself down with an afternoon donut run or an evening chocolate binge. If that sounds familiar, this article is for you.

Below I have outlined the three-step process I followed to relieve myself of my own chocolate bingeing habit. Although I still eat and enjoy chocolate these days, I do so now in relative moderation yet enjoy it just as much.

Note: Food addiction can be a very serious issue that is often fuelled by serious underlying psychological issues. I’m not a doctor, nor do I claim to be qualified to help people dealing with serious cases of food addiction, nor is it my intention to do so in this article. This article is for people who recognise that they eat too much of a particular food (or group of foods) and want to do something about it. It is not for people who feel that they are completely out of control with their eating. If you are part of the latter group, I recommend that you speak to your doctor.

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Paul Ingraham on the Most Beneficial 20 Minutes of Your Week

The US Department of Health & Human Services recommends a bare minimum of two and a half hours of  “moderate-intensity aerobic activity” and two sessions of “muscle-strengthening activities” per week.

These guidelines would appear to be unrealistic for most of the population, as suggested by the evidence that just one in five Americans meets the prescribed amount. However, even if you don’t feel capable (physically or mentally) of completing that much exercise in a given week, one health expert I recently spoke to claims that there are a myriad of benefits to moving just a little more than you are now.

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