Dietary Debacles during the Holidays? Not with these Strategies!

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"My normally mild-mannered aunt becomes a total carb-pusher during the holidays," a friend recently said, recounting last Christmas when she laid a guilt trip for refusing her dark chocolate peppermint patties. "You would have thought I had totally betrayed my family and would be cut out of the will, the way my aunt reacted!" Holidays bring out the best and worst in anyone, and that goes double for food. Take a second to recall your dietary … [Read more...]

My #1 Needle Mover for Fast, Lasting Fat Loss

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Studies show that a big, protein-rich, high-fiber, low-sugar impact breakfast makes the best way to prepare you to take on the world. A recent study published in Obesity followed two groups of overweight and obese women with metabolic syndrome for 12 weeks. One group ate high-calorie breakfasts and low-calorie dinners, while the other did exactly the opposite. The researchers concluded that a higher-calorie breakfast could be beneficial for … [Read more...]

7 Strategies to Bypass Winter Weight Gain

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“Chicago’s high on Saturday was like 48,” my friend told me, dreadfully recalling last winter's sub-zero temperatures. “And it’s only early October!” In Palm Desert, where I live, even 48 seems brutal. Wherever you live, shorter days and cooler temperatures suggest fall will soon slip into gray, cold winter. I can’t bring warmth to your city (come to Palm Desert for that!), but I can provide these seven strategies so winter hibernation doesn’t … [Read more...]

Ask JJ: My New Huffington Post Column

I'm honored to be a regular blogger at the prestigious Huffington Post, where I've written more than 50 (and counting!) blogs about everything from sleep to stress to weight loss resistance. Recently, The Huffington Post asked me to write a weekly column, Ask JJ, where I answer your top questions. Especially as the holidays approach (wait, is it already October!?), I want you to be completely prepared for the sugar onslaught that inevitably … [Read more...]

The Dark Side of America’s Favorite “Health” Food

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Next time you visit your local health food store, count how many soy foods you can find. Soy ice cream, soy eggnog, soy burgers, and of course ubiquitous soymilk: the list is endless. Manufacturers have puzzlingly positioned soy as a healthy alternative to meat, dairy, and other foods. As a result, people develop a halo effect and think that double-fudge soy ice cream is somehow healthier than regular ice cream. Think again. Soy as a health … [Read more...]

7 Simple Strategies for Guilt-Free Tailgating

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""The chips and dip got me," a friend recently confessed. "I had done so well all week. Then Saturday came, I was enjoying some pre-game pinot noir, and next thing I knew my hand was double-dipping the cheddar-bean dip." And here’s the kicker: “I don’t even like corn chips!" Tailgating is among autumnal activities that allow ample opportunity to abandon good judgment and blow your plan. Trust me: That seven-layer dip is not worth … [Read more...]

7 Savvy Strategies to Curb Halloween Candy Consumption

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"Really?" I asked sarcastically, pointing to the plastic pumpkin loaded with miniature candy bars and other high-fructose corn syrup concoctions that often pass as food. I looked around and noticed several bowls strategically placed around the waiting room. Yes, even my doctor has become involved in the all-candy-all-the-time frenzy that begins in early September. "Kids love it," the receptionist cheerfully replied as I checked in, "and adults … [Read more...]

I’m Declaring a Sugar War this Halloween

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I'm not sure if yours gets this crowded, but Target near where I live becomes a zoo on Sunday afternoon. Mayhem everywhere: Kids screaming, frantic adults racing around as if the whole store was on sale (remember that show Supermarket Sweep? Sort of like that), and right smack in the middle of the store, Halloween candy. Aisle after aisle. In early September. Oh, I know complaining about the "earlier and earlier" candy problem has become … [Read more...]

The Number One Thing I Do Every Morning to Manage Stress

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Stress is epidemic in today's society. You’re always on the run, work is crazy, you’re shuttling kids everywhere, and the last person to get taken care of is you. Meals are whatever is convenient and fast. Sound familiar? In the short-term, stress serves you well. Adrenal hormones like cortisol and adrenaline kick in and put you on hyper-alert. It probably saved your Paleolithic ancestors' lives when a saber-tooth tiger wanted them for … [Read more...]

5 Lateral Shifts to Upgrade Your Child’s Lunchbox

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"Back-to-school sales start earlier and earlier every year,” my friend said last month, thumbing through a Target ad on her iPhone. She sounded discouraged, but I happily reminisced about summer's end. Even as a kid, I enjoyed September’s return. Labor Day sent a solemn salute to summer, and shorter days meant getting back to routine and structure. I realize your children and even you might not display that enthusiasm. Considering the numerous … [Read more...]

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