Holidays

Heart-Healthy Eating: A Little Insurance Against Holiday Excess

No matter how disciplined you are, the holidays always seem to lead to a few dietary indiscretions. There’s those delicious cookies that appear only at this time of year, an extra glass (or two) of wine, and little dishes of nuts and candies that seem to be everywhere. Before you know it, you’ve…

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3 Holiday Foods You Can Eat in a Heart-Healthy Diet

…hear about what holiday foods we should avoid. Eggnog, for instance is loaded with fat, sugar, and empty calories. But what we don’t hear about are the holiday foods you can indulge in, guilt-free as part of your heart-healthy diet. A Heart-Healthy Diet Can Include These Holiday Treats Heart-Healthy…

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5 Last Minute Heart-Healthy Gifts

I don’t know about you, but my wife Jan and I still have a few more holiday gifts to buy. In case you’re in the same boat, I thought I would give you a few healthy gift ideas that would not only be nice to receive—but give your recipients the gift of a longer, healthier life. 5 Heart-Healthy Gifts…

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Holiday Weight Loss Tips

…over the holiday season. Retailers are counting on that—in fact, they’re already getting their rapid weight loss products ready for the market. But you can survive the holidays with your waistline and health intact. In fact, holiday weight loss is more than possible if you follow my holiday weight…

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Cooking Healthy: Secrets for a Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving Meal

…“popping.” If you would like, add tangerine slices or pineapple chunks, and a drizzle of honey before serving. Another favorite in my house is Holiday Cranberry Slaw. * Instead of apple pie, enjoy a delicious apple brown betty. Wash, peel, and slice apples thinly and layer in a a casserole dish. Sprinkle…

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The Healing Power of Music

…were. The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT brought these memories flooding back. Then, a friend sent a video to me of a holiday flash mob that took place at a mall called South Bay Galleria. Listening to it not only made me joyful during what’s become a very tough time of…

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6 Holiday Gifts to Avoid or Use with Caution

…all around us, in fact we’re living in a sea of invisible EMRs. At the holidays, the problem only gets worse and manufacturers introduce even more wireless devices. Here are six items you either want to keep off your holiday shopping list, or at least use with caution: 1. Video game systems. Wireless…

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How to Relieve Holiday Stress for a Healthy Heart

As enjoyable as the holidays are, I know they can be stressful and hectic for many people. Shopping and wrapping holiday gifts, cooking and entertaining for loved ones and friends, and all of the extra family expectations can make this one of the toughest times of the year. But it's vital that you focus…

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The Best Holiday Gift of All

holidays aren’t about the food or the gifts. They’re about being resplendent in music, togetherness, and feeling connected to one another through our spiritual roots and heritages. Whatever your favorite holiday music, food, or family and spiritual traditions are, I wish you the gift of holiday

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Immune-Boosting Tips for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

…many of us prepare for the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of it all—from shopping, to cleaning, and hosting guests. Stress can really wipe us out and make us more vulnerable to illness. So, here’s my stay-healthy strategy for your holiday season. * Take time to recharge…

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This Year, Take Time to Touch the Hearts of Others

I’ll soon be headed back to the northeast to spend time with family and friends over the holidays. This year, more than ever, I am so aware of how blessed I am to have a home and loved ones to go to. Too many folks back in my home state of New York—as well as New Jersey, Connecticut, and other states—are…

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A Special Heart-Felt Mother's Day Message

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, which ever since I was a small child was one of my favorite holidays. My mom (whose picture appears with this post) and I were extremely close, and many of my fondest memories revolved around time spent with her. If I close my eyes, I can still smell the wonderful meals…

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Ease Stress with Gifts that Give Back

…to rise and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. And, if you are like me, the mad dash around the holidays can be very stressful. Why not take some time to remember what the holiday season is supposed to be about? In fact, you can ease stress and do good at the same time by giving gifts that…

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Reflections on Labor Day and 9/11

…a good education was another way to advance—so I ended up on the road to medical school. All of this is to explain why Labor Day is one of the holidays closest to my heart. I place a lot of stock in the honest effort of hard-working individuals, which is the foundation of this great country. It’s…

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Airport Angina: What You Need to Know

I know many of you are already making travel plans for the holidays, and thousands of you will be traveling by air. That’s why I wanted to make you aware, and review once again, the heart risks associated with air travel—namely “airport angina.” “Airport angina” is a phrase coined to describe…

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Healthy, Inspiring Books for Children

At this time of the year, you can’t walk into a store or turn on the television without seeing electronic gadgets being marketed to children as holiday gifts. This concerns me greatly because electropollution has a negative impact on our health, and children are even more vulnerable than adults. Instead…

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Gifts That Give and Give and Give!

…and you will be responsible for 100 schoolchildren getting the seeds they need to start gardens of their own at home. So forgo those espressos this holiday season (they cause your blood pressure levels to go haywire anyway) and help out a family in need. …Feed for a Lifetime I don’t know anyone who…

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What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…chocolate and sweets can generate quite intense arrhythmias among sensitive people. During the holiday season, when people often consume too much of both, I see a lot of this. In fact, I call it the Holiday Heart Syndrome * Everyday stress * Nutritionally, a deficiency of the mineral magnesium is a very…

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Hidden Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation

This holiday gifting season, many of you will be buying cell phones for gift giving. And many of those cell phones will be going to children. But before you wrap up that phone for your teen, take heed. It’s my experience that most people I meet are totally unaware of the dangers of cell phone radiation…

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5 Heart-Smart Secrets for Your July Fourth Celebration

…celebrations can be a real disaster for your heart and your health. That’s why I wanted to share some of my best heart-smart secrets to make your holiday celebration both enjoyable and healthy. * Select your meats carefully: Eating meat two or three times a week is fine in a heart-healthy diet. Some…

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A (Facebook) Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (of Thanks)!

…cooking), shuttling to the airport, getting the house ready for guests, and similar holiday errands. When we get too wrapped up in the “Turkey Day” logistics, it’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday, namely, the formal opportunity to contemplate and celebrate the many blessings we…

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Cooking Healthy: Baked Winter Squash

…-healthy diet plan. Need a new way to enjoy winter squash? Here’s a favorite recipe for cooking healthy from my kitchen. Try it now, and again as a holiday side dish. Heart-Healthy Baked Winter Squash Winter squash (acorn, butternut or crookneck) 1 T. olive oil 2 T. fresh cilantro or parsley Salt and pepper…

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Give Thanks for Your Heart

…the people and things we’re grateful for? Probably not often enough. But having an “attitude of gratitude,” which is what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about, is important to your emotional and physical health. It filters how you see the world and creates within you an atmosphere that fosters…

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Open Your Heart to Gratitude and Love

…cyberspace. I was so touched as I followed the story and gazed at the photo. Maybe I was even more moved because, once again, it was not the easiest of holiday seasons for us, with loved ones facing serious heath challenges. Whatever the reason, this simple story brought me to a serene state of gratitude and…

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How to Control Your Sugar Intake

…earlier and earlier ages. I’m not one to put a damper on fun, but I do want to make a case for moderation—during Halloween and throughout the holiday season. I've got some great, realistic tips on how to control sugar intake during Halloween and beyond. Tips to Avoid "Sugar Shock" * Steer clear of…

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My Favorite Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, you are probably considering what to make for the big meal. So, I wanted to once again share one of my favorite heart-healthy Thanksgiving recipes. Cranberry Slaw: A Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving Dish One of the most heart-healthy foods on many Thanksgiving tables…

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