Saturday, November 24, 2012
How to avoid weight gain during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Just because the holidays have arrived, it doesn’t mean weight gain has to come too. Antonio Cain, a registered and licensed dietitian at Dekalb Medical Center, says the key is to remain conscious about the amounts and types of foods you choose throughout the holidays. “Many people simply just don’t think. So much food is presented at once, and often times we overeat,” Cain said. -- What weight-control measures have worked for you in the past? Share them in the comments below. It’s difficult to pass on many of the holiday foods, especially since they are filled with tradition. So Cain suggests before a holiday meal, eat some fruits or veggies and drink water to prevent overeating. During the meal choose lean cuts of meat, avoid fried foods…
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Myth or truth? Here are the Thanksgiving post-feast facts.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
by Dr. Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS - Physical Therapist and Co-owner If your family is anything like mine then you all fall asleep soon after eating that big feast on Thanksgiving, (or you want to!). Most of us eat a delicious meal of turkey and other side dishes like mashed potatoes (regular and sweet), stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn, and of course pie for dessert. Is the hype about the tiredness related to eating turkey true? I did some research and I have the answer… Thanksgiving turkey does have the makings of a natural sedative in it, the amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning that the body can't manufacture it by itself; the body has to get tryptophan and other essential amino acids from…
Happy Thanksgiving! And, as an ode to the day, we'd like to share what you're thankful for. Upload pictures or make comments!
It's finally here. Thanksgiving: It's the day you've been waiting for all year long to eat as much as you want, and to go shopping the next day. But, we all know this day isn't about turkey, fancy place settings for dinner or standing in long lines to buy gifts for the next major holiday -- Christmas. It's about family, and all the other things that you are thankful for. Whether it's family, peace, financial stability, health, friends or any thing else, we'd like to hear what it is that you are thankful for. Feel free to upload photos of those things, including smiling family photos, or let us know in the comment section what this day means to you. (Just click the camera icon that reads "Upload pictures and video" to share your photos with…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Patch is here to rescue you and your Thanksgiving meal.
It's Thanksgiving and you're on the verge of crisis! We rounded up some useful information to help get you through the day and have a fantastic meal: "Help! I don't know how long to cook the turkey!" For a 10-18 pound bird, Butterball recommends cooking it for 3 to 3 1/2 hours for an unstuffed bird. Add another 45 minutes to an hour if you like to cook yours with the stuffing inside. Visit their website to find answers to more questions or call their hotline at 1-800-BUTTERBALL (800-288-8372). "Help! I forgot a key ingredient!" Many grocery stores like Kroger and Publix will be open until Thursday afternoon, and some will even be open regular hours. “Help! My mashed potatoes are a mess!” Try to soften them up by adding milk or chicken …
What my kids have taught me about gratitude.
It's that time of year again where I reflect on all the things that I am grateful for. Being a parent has helped me to not take things for granted and to appreciate many simple moments in life. Here is a list of the top 10 things that I've learned to be thankful for since I became a mother. 1. The value of a good night's sleep. Seriously, I had never known true exhaustion until I became a parent. Now that my children sleep soundly through the night, I thank my lucky stars for 8 hours of uninterrupted bliss. Without it, I turn into a crazy person. 2. A closed bathroom door. It's rare that I spend time powdering my nose without a child following me in there. Oh, but those moments that I do escape are so beautiful, even if both of my …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Gwinnett County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of emergency services, will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center, however. Thanksgiving Day is a trash and recycling holiday. Therfore, pickups scheduled on that day will be rescheduled for Friday. Friday pickups will be rescheduled for Saturday. Only Thursday and Friday pickups will be affected. Normal hours and trash schedules resume on Monday, Nov. 26.
A home on Vista Heights Way brings bright lights to the neighborhood and Christmas cheer to all.
Keith and Stephanie Self started stepping up their Christmas decorations a few years ago with just a small goal in mind: To do something nice for their home. But, it quickly turned into something else. "Our neighbor, he put up a bunch of Christmas lights, and he said you all ought to put up a bunch," Keith Self said. "And, I put up a bunch of Christmas lights, and one night there was a car out in the street, and (it) was out there for a while. "So, me, being a concerned person, I went out -- wanted to make sure they were OK. It was two ladies, a lady in her late 40s and her mother probably in her late 60s. And, they were crying. "I said, 'Is everything OK?'" The lady looked at me, and she said, 'You just don't know how bad we needed to see…
Sunday, November 20, 2011
A few years ago, my sister found the perfect turkey recipe. Then she lost it. This one comes pretty close.
A few years ago, my sister found a recipe for turkey that's steeped in brine and herbs for a day or so, then stuffed with apples, oranges and onions before roasting. It was, my whole extended family agreed, the best turkey ever. Last year, my sister couldn't find the recipe. She found one that's similar, but without all the herbs. Then I found this one from Emeril Lagasse on foodnetwork.com. It may not be the very same, but it's gotten some great reviews. (Click on the link to see the recipe, photos and reviews.) If you have a better one, please share! But for now, this is what I'm going with this year, unless by some miracle that other recipe shows up: Ingredients: Brine: Turkey prep and stuffing: Turkey Broth: Gravy: For the Brine: To …