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How To Not Feel Like a Crazy Person Around Holiday Sweets

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How To Not Feel Like a Crazy Person Around Holiday Sweets

During this time of year, the holiday treats that fly by make us feel like we're in a food fight. Halloween candies, pumpkin pies, sugar cookies, candy canes, and gingerbread men seem to all come hurtling towards us at the speed of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

This can be especially overwhelming for those of us who may feel like a "crazy person" around anything sweet and easily "overdo it" until we're sick. I've totally #beentheredone that, and that’s why today I'm sharing a few strategies you can use to instead feel empowered, rational, and in control when presented with holiday treats.

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3 Things I Want You to Know About Sugar

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3 Things I Want You to Know About Sugar

Sugar, in the form of desserts, candy, and other sweet foods, has become a sort of “forbidden fruit,” in our society. It's tantalizing and sexy, yet also off limits. You can look, but you can’t touch. It’s no wonder phrases like “guilty pleasure” and “sinful” are used to describe a cookie. 

But does sugar really deserve all this hype? Today I'm sharing why research shows the fear of sugar may be more dangerous than sugar itself

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Matcha Chia Pudding

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Matcha Chia Pudding

This treat is sweet enough for dessert, but it can also work as a filling breakfast or even a snack. I paired mine with fresh blueberries and slivered almonds. Shredded coconut and fresh mint leaves would also go well with this pudding. Go ahead and give it a try, and let me know if you find any other toppings you like!

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My Diet May Shock You

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My Diet May Shock You

I love awkward small talk. You know the kind I'm talking about. You're introduced to someone at an event and you’re both internally like, “K...what do I say now?” We often stick with the usual material: weather, sports, TV shows, etc. For me, the fun really starts when the conversation turns towards, “So what do you do for a living?” When I tell people that I work in the field of nutrition, I can almost guarantee that they'll ask me something along the lines of, "So does that mean you like...only eat kale?" And (with maybe too much elation), I...

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Can sugar-y foods give me acne?

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Can sugar-y foods give me acne?

“Why do you have polka dots on your face?” -every child I ever babysat. Their honest curiosity always cut to the quick. My pimply skin was not intentional, nor welcome. I did practically everything I could to combat it: washed my face, rarely wore makeup, and tried every mask and cream out there. No matter what I tried, the pimples triumphed. I know I’m not the only one who has experienced similar issues. The American Academy of Dermatology states that 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 suffer from acne. While we know that there are many...

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