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Portion Control – Great for the Waistline!

As we approach the holiday season, it is extremely important to learn how to control your portion sizes. Too much protein and too many starches can be converted into fat and contribute to excess pounds added to our stomachs or our backsides. I’m sure you’ve heard this all before, but it makes a difference if you divide your food into the proper portions to make sure you get the most nutrients and not consume excess calories. Here is Lauren Conrad’s Perfectly Portioned Plate. Keep this in mind when selecting your food for your plate during Christmastime and you’ll be ahead of the game for those New Years Resolutions.


Here’s what she writes about the portions:

  • ½ Vegetables. First, load up on enough healthy greens or veggies so that they take up half of your plate. Salads, green beans, Brussels sprouts, and squash are a few of my favorites. But keep in mind that too much dressing or butter can turn these healthy sides unhealthy.
  • ¼ Protein. Devote one quarter of your plate to a protein like turkey or ham. A 3-ounce serving of turkey is about the size of your fist or a deck of cards.
  • ¼ Starches. The remaining fourth of your plate can be made up of starches. This includes stuffing, rolls, and starchy vegetables like yams, mashed potatoes, and corn.

This is definitely a good template to follow during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, but it also applies year-round. If you’re really watching your waistline, stick to drinking water and a single glass of wine or a low-calorie cocktail during dinner. Soda should be off limits. Also, fill up your plate with a proper amount of food the first time in order to avoid going back for seconds. If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll still have room for that slice of pumpkin pie!

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10 Fat Burning Foods

Looking to burn some calories before the end of the year? Check out these 10 Fat Burning Foods from

1. Kale –

2. Broccoli Rabe – tells your fat cells to burn fat

3. Avocados – increases fat burning and tells the fat factory to stop storing the blasted fat. Added bonus: boosts metabolism!

4. Brazil Nuts – boosts metabolism

5. Chia Seeds – suppress appetite and increase metabolism

6. Wild salmon – improves insulin sensitivity and reduces the fat form the waistline

7. Oysters – low in calories and decreases appetite

8. Coconut Oil – rich in medium-chained-triglycerides (MCTs), which your body preferentially uses for energy… less likely it’ll be stored for energy

9. Cinnamon – communicates with the fat storing hormone and tells it to bugger off – need at least a quarter teaspoon

10. Coffee – stimulates adrenaline which tells us to burn fat… have it black because milk decreases the fat burning effects

For some great ways to incorporate these foods into your diet, check out the link here: