Should you eat the dark-meat at your Thanksgiving meal?

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Here’s a Thanksgiving question you may have been wondering about: Is dark-meat turkey really that bad for you? The answer: Go ahead and reach for a drumstick! According to registered dietician Joanne Larsen, turkey is a good source of low-fat protein and nutrients, no matter which cut you choose. Also, dark meat has only 8 calories and 1 gram of fat more per ounce than white meat – but it has about twice as much riboflavin and zinc, which are key for energy and a healthy immune system. Dark meat also provides nearly two-and-a-half times as many heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Having a positive outlook is good for your health.

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Try to help at least one person every day. It’ll improve your outlook on life – and your heart health! A Harvard study shows that having a positive outlook slashes your risk of heart attack or stroke by 50%.

With Thanksgiving coming up, know this about deep-fryers:

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, those deep-fat turkey fryers are a leading cause of home fires. Here’s what happens: When the cooking oil bubbles up over the sides, it hits the cooking fire underneath, and it either creates a larger fire or it explodes! So be safe and fry your turkey outside and 10 FEET AWAY from any wooden structures.

Everyone LOVES pumpkin pie!

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If you’re making a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, use canned 100% pumpkin. It doesn’t have any preservatives, salt or additives. Plus, it has less moisture than fresh pumpkin – which means, ounce for ounce, it contains more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Rethink what you DRINK.

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When it comes to weight loss, what you drink may actually be more important than what you eat. A recent study from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health found that cutting back on sugary drinks helps people lose more weight than those who only cut back on food. That’s because liquid calories are more fattening because they take less energy to digest.

If you eat lunch at your desk, you’re not alone.

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About 85% of workers do exactly the same thing. But that’s bad news, because the average desk contains 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen table – including illness-causing germs like salmonella and E. coli. So, before you head to the fridge or the food truck to grab your lunch, clean your workspace with a disinfectant wipe.

Get your baby off the bottle ASAP!

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Children who still drink from a bottle at age TWO are 30% more likely to be obese by age FIVE! That’s because most bottles are filled with high-calorie drinks – and kids sip all day long. The Journal of Pediatrics says start weaning your child from the bottle after their first birthday.

The reason to use a humidifier.

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One of the reasons we get more viruses in fall and winter is because the air is drier. A lack of humidity allows viruses to thrive and makes it harder for our nasal passages to trap and eliminate them. So keep a humidifier going at home. But make sure to keep it clean. Put about 5 drops of oregano, eucalyptus or peppermint oil in the water reservoir. The oil will reduce germs and make the air smell nice. However, you’ll still need to clean the reservoir weekly.

Help your dog sleep better at night.

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When it’s time for bed, does your dog toss and turn, and pace around the room? Warm up a towel in the dryer, and stick it in their bed!
The heat will help their muscles relax, so they’ll sleep more comfortably. This works especially well for older dogs, who may be suffering from arthritis. Our dog Lucy loves this!

Meditate for 3 minutes to get results!

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You don’t need to meditate for an hour to get the results you want. All you need are 180 seconds! Or 3 minutes of meditation.

Researchers at UCLA found that just 3 minutes of relaxed, focused breathing decreases the stress hormones that constrict blood vessels and make your muscles tense up. Meditation also boosts production of feel-good endorphin levels. All in just 3 minutes.

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