Holiday eating doesn’t have to mean a bigger waistline

According to an article posted on Men’s Health.com, an average man can eat more than 120,000 calories between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That’s an additional 460 to 900 calories a day, which can result in a weight gain of five to even 10 pounds. Yikes. We all want decent gifts this holiday season, but 10 pounds around the midsection isn’t one of them.

That same?Men’s Health article offers great tips on eating around a buffet table (which seems to be a holiday must) as well as advice on appetizers and holiday dinners. It’s a great article for those of us who still want to dive into some of the holiday treats, but don’t want to pay the ultimate price for it. Don’t mistake this as the alternative to working out, however. You still of course have to make your way to the gym this holiday season.

Click here to check out the article.

Alcohol lowers mortality!

?A review of 34 studies found that drinking gave protection against overall mortality, not just?coroary artery disease.? Researchers found that 1 – 2 drinks for women and 2 – 4 drinks for men increased their lifespans.? According to Augusto Di Castelnuovo, Sc. D., of Italy’s Catholic University, data shows that consumption of alcohol leads to a reduction of mortality of up to 18 percent.

newsmax.com’s?Health Alert 12/14/06?

Bifocals

“I have vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.”

Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Luck

“I am a strong believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

Benjamin Franklin

Deadly Melanoma is Curable. Early Detection is Key

Most skin diseases are easy to treat if caught early, according to Josh Berlin, a dermatologist in Boynton Beach Florida.? However, they cannot all be seen.

Melanomas form from melanocytes, which are cells that produce pigment.? Not all melanocytes are on the surface.? Melanomas, fatal skin cancers, can attach themselves to areas such as the eyes, mouth, scalp, esophagus, underneath nails, and even in ones anus or urinary tract.

To help protect you from deadly melanomas, use the following tips:

Prevention: Sun screen, sun glasses, hats and regular visits to the dermatologist.

Self Inspection: Keep a close eye on your own moles and freckles.? Look for anything that’s new, grows rapidly, develops jagged edges, is asymmetrical and has different shades of color.

Be Aware: Cancers can form in unlikely places. (Between toes, between fingers, scalp)

Live healthy. Eat right, exercise, avoid processed foods, consume anti oxidants.

www.newsmax.com Health Alerts Nov. 2, 2006

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