Why beating stress is a walk in the parkLatest research shows people are literally walking away their worries. At Christmas, we tend to spend a lot of time ‘drinking to the health’ of family and friends.
So, how about putting your money where your vermouth is, and buy your friends and family gifts that encourage exercise and a healthy lifestyle? You may not be able to afford to give your friend a hunky personal trainer (and you probably don’t want to give your husband or wife one). It’s been said that “a person’s health can be judged by which they take two at a time – pills or stairs.” Let your friend gain greater motivation to take the stair option by giving them a pedometer.
Studies show that games such as chess, Pictionary, Scrabble, crosswords and Sudoku reduce the risk of cognitive degeneration by taking the strategic, spatial and memory parts of the brain for a good walk. Reduce your loved ones’ ‘food miles’ by giving them a start-up kit for their own vegetable garden. For the person who has everything, giving them some of your time can be the best present of all.
As part of our series on holiday eating tips for families, we are sharing guest posts from parents who offer suggestions that have helped them to keep their kids on track to healthy nutrition and physical activity during the holiday season, recipes, and fun nutrition printables for kids from our website. Holiday excitement, more events, less free time and more stress can make it harder for parents to juggle meals and set limits on children's requests for unhealthy menu choices.
Eating healthy snacks, being active and planning for balanced meals while eating out, and healthier holiday party foods can help kids avoid the sugar overload high and lows. With a little planning, intention (and some fun thrown in!) we can encourage our kids to eat healthier and avoid some power struggles about food choices during the holiday season. My Plate printables fun activity pages teach kids about the new USDA My Plate Guidelines with learning pages, activities, words puzzles, coloring pages and 10 healthy tip pages. Plan Healthy Meals Tips for Dining out with your Child Printable version with additional tips for ordering healthy foods at ethnic restaurants and delis. Check back for more healthy holiday food tips, recipes, gift ideas, and ideas on how to encourage kids to be active during the holiday season! Did you enjoy the tips from Dee or have your own strategies for eating healthier at restaurants, 'on the go' or holiday food choices with your kids? Truffles are usually made of rich melted chocolate and full fat cream but this version has neither of those ingredients! Here I’ve combined nuts, seeds, dried fruit and a few other extras to create a delicious treat that the whole family can eat without any guilt. I know my red coconut flakes look a little orange, but hey, I used natural food colourings and they weren’t as vibrant. Also, they travel well, so pack a few in a little tupperware container and keep in your handbag for moments of weakness when confronted with a candy cane. If you are a brand or PR who would like to commission a sponsored recipe, please get in touch via the Advertising page.
Hehe I loved the way you described Poppy’s reaction and how she was just like her daddy. She really is a daddy’s girl that Poppy ;) If I lived closer to you still I could have brought some over, shame!
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Cook the perfect turkey with our tips on defrosting and cooking poultry safely, and how to store leftovers.
If you buy a frozen turkey, make sure that the turkey is properly defrosted before cooking it.
Defrosting should be done in the fridge if possible (or somewhere cool) and separated from touching other foods, with a container large enough to catch the defrosted juices.
Work out defrosting time in advance, so you know how much time to allow – it can take at least a couple of days for a large turkey to thaw. When you start defrosting, take the turkey out of its packaging, put it on a large dish and cover.

Turkey (and any other poultry) is best defrosted in a covered dish at the bottom of the fridge so that it can't drip onto other foods.
Pour away the liquid that comes out of the defrosting turkey regularly to stop it overflowing and spreading bacteria.
If the bird is too big for the fridge, put it somewhere out of reach from animals and children where it won't touch other foods. If you're not using the fridge, watch out for sudden changes in room temperature, as they could prevent the turkey from thawing evenly.
To work out the defrosting time for your turkey, check the packaging for any guidance first. Bacteria can spread from raw meat and poultry to worktops, chopping boards, dishes and utensils.
After touching raw poultry or other raw meat, always wash your hands with warm water and soap, and dry them thoroughly. Always clean worktops, chopping boards, dishes and utensils thoroughly after they have touched raw poultry or meat. Never use the same chopping board for raw poultry or meat and ready-to-eat food without washing it thoroughly in warm soapy water first. Plan your cooking time in advance to make sure you get the bird in the oven early enough to cook it thoroughly. If you're using a temperature probe or food thermometer, ensure that the thickest part of the bird (between the breast and the thigh) reaches at least 70°C for two minutes.
If you cook your bird with the stuffing inside, you need to allow extra time for the stuffing and for the fact that it cooks more slowly.
Some ovens, such as fan-assisted ovens, might cook the bird more quickly – check the guidance on the packaging and the manufacturer's handbook for your oven if you can. Cover your turkey with foil during cooking and uncover for the last 30 minutes to brown the skin. After you've feasted on the turkey, cool any leftovers as quickly as possible (within one or two hours), cover them and put them in the fridge. When you're serving cold turkey, take out only as much as you're going to use and put the rest back in the fridge. If you're reheating leftover turkey or other food, always make sure it's steaming hot all the way through before you eat it. Whilst this approach to spreading wellbeing does involve a rollicking good time, it doesn’t necessarily work….
They needn’t be fat-free mince pies or ‘miracle’ weightloss contraptions bought from daytime television advertorials. An affordable alternative guaranteed to get results and not run off with your partner is a six-month subscription to Walking with Attitude.
With a little help from the computer, you can create a word document containing all your favourite heart-friendly recipes.
It’s a healthy, inexpensive gift that anyone can use, no matter what their age, shape or fitness level is. As your loved one receives monthly tips and advice all year long, it will help them stick to their New Year’s resolution, and work on boosting their buns of steel rather than their buns of cinnamon! Buy it fresh from a tea gift shop, or for a personal touch, buy teabags, remove the tag, design your own and staple it in place. A board game, puzzle or crossword book keeps old and young minds on the ball, and provides perfect indoor activities for snowy or scorching-hot Christmases. Seeds for tomatoes, lettuces, eggplants, potatoes, pumpkins and the like not only help them start growing their own produce, but get them out and about planting, watering and increasing their step count. Ask them around for a slap-up dinner, offer to help them out with their gardening or shopping, or organise to do something together – be it a walk, ride or trip to the art gallery. She gave up her career as an elite racewalker because she decided it would be nice to give others a chance at the trophy.
This is especially challenging when eating out at restaurants, traveling, or at holiday parties.

Eating healthy food and being active can help to make the season less stressful and healthier for the whole family.
This series will cover practical strategies to help kids eat healthier balanced meals, snacks, holiday party foods and gift ideas that promote wellness. A blog diary from the field, as she takes steps to balance food choices on days when her daughter had to go to work with her.
Or if you plan to order a dessert, make a plan that the dessert will be shared–this is a great way to have a treat, limit the portion size and enjoy the same food together. Place the macadamia nuts, cocoa powder, chia seeds and crystallised ginger into the bowl of a food processor.
Add the coconut oil, tahini, soymilk and dates and blitz for 2 minutes until a sticky dough forms. Shape teaspoons full of mixture into balls with slightly damp hands and set aside onto a plate.
I particularly like that it’s a break from the heavily sugared treats we have this time of year.
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If it's still partially frozen, it may not cook evenly, which means that harmful bacteria could survive the cooking process. If there aren't any defrosting instructions, use the following times to work out roughly how long it will take to thaw your turkey. If raw poultry, or other raw meat, touches or drips onto these foods, bacteria will spread and may cause food poisoning.
It's better to cook your stuffing in a separate roasting tin, rather than inside the bird, so that it will cook more easily and the cooking guidelines will be more accurate.
The oven should always be hotter for duck and goose in order to melt the fat under the skin. If they are left out at room temperature, bacteria that causes food poisoning can grow and multiply. Well, it all started in Japan many, many years ago… The recommended 10,000 steps […]The Humble PedometerWhat is a pedometer? At just A$39.95 – or 22 cents a day – it’s a fantastic gift that’s sure to be the most life-changing present under the Christmas tree!
It will reduce their blood pressure and risk of developing illnesses, which really shows you care. However, draw the line at giving them compost as they may complain about being given a ‘sh*t present’!
She is now a 'la dolce vita' walker, that is she walks because it lets her enjoy the finer things in life like muffins, champagne, cream chicken and profiteroles without the muffin top, cramp pains, chicken arms or profiter-rolls.
We've done this in conversations in the grocery store, in the kitchen, and at the dinner table. Thanks for making the last week of the year one of the most successful weeks at Vitamin Express.
Insert some images and get it laid out, printed and bound at an office store to really give it that polished finish. We have also discussed marketing of food and products since she was quite young to help her gain an understanding of this over time. In end in, all you can do is try to be good to yourself, to your family, and learn from your mistakes.
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