Smart Ways to Eat Healthy During the Holidays

They say taxes and death are the only two constants in life, but it sure seems like the holidays circle around all too quickly each year. And with those sacred and merriment-filled days comes a familiar angst: the eating, drinking and family gathering seem endless, while sleep and normal stress-management routines take a back seat. This year, take a different approach—one that allows you to enjoy your favorite holiday foods—and keep your health and sanity in check.

Should You Try Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss?

Throughout history, the human body has learned to cope with both feast and famine (thanks to necessity). In today's world, with more than half of the American population attempting to lose or maintain weight, some people are turning once again to this feast-or-famine approach for weight loss. Intermittent fasting, as it's known today, has shown some promise when it comes to weight loss, but like any other diet, there are questions about its long-term efficacy.

How to Brine a Turkey

Pictured Recipe: Michel Nischan’s Roast Turkey with Potato Pan Gravy

A big, beautifully roasted whole turkey at the center of your Thanksgiving table is already so special it hardly seems there'd be anything you could do to take it to the next level. That's where brining steps in to tell you you're wrong. Soaking  your bird in a luxurious salty herb bath will truly make you feel like you're at a royal feast.  

The Best Dinner Foods for Weight Loss

Around 3 p.m. every day, you may be hit with the question: What's for dinner? Amid the dinnertime rush, it's easy to reach for ready-made meals that skimp on nutrition or leave you feeling unsatisfied. Luckily, a few tweaks to your routine can help you build a dinner that's tasty, satisfying and ultimately helps you lose weight. Aim to eat a balanced meal with at least serving or two of veggies, some protein, whole grains and a little healthy fat.

Low-Sodium Healthy Aging Meal Plan: 2,000 Calories

This healthy aging meal plan provides healthy amounts of protein, fiber and calcium (the nutrients you need more of as you age) and utilizes fresh ingredients, herbs and spices to pack in flavor while keeping the sodium low (below 1,500 mg). With plenty of hearty whole grains, lean protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, this 1-day low-sodium meal plan will do your body good as you age.