Pork products, fish, beans, cakes with coins, grapes, and pickled herring? Maybe lentils, black-eyed peas, cooked greens or long noodles? Food and symbolism play important roles in celebrations around the world. On special occasions different countries use certain foods — not just to celebrate — but often as a symbol of luck, wealth, and health. […]
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What’s your New Year’s tradition? Do you eat fish, beans, cakes with coins, grapes, or pickled herring? Around the world food and symbolism play important roles in New Year’s celebrations not just to celebrate but often to bring luck, fortune, and plenty (both money and food), and health. What Not To Eat (Hint: Don’t Look […]
Pork products, fish, beans, cakes with coins, grapes, and pickled herring? Food and symbolism play important roles in celebrations around the world. On special occasions different countries use certain foods not just to celebrate but often as a symbol of luck, wealth, and health. What Not To Eat (Hint: Don’t Look Or Move Back) Different […]
Pork products, fish, beans, cakes with coins, grapes, pickled herring? Sound tasty? Maybe yes, maybe no? So what do they have in common? They’re a sampling of some of the foods people eat on New Year’s to bring good luck. Food has power and especially at transitional points – like holidays and feast days — […]
For many of us New Year’s Day means football and New Year’s resolutions. We declare that we’re going to do or not do something – usually having to do with lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercising more, eating better, or drinking less. Heard that before? Resolutions Can Be Tricky Have you ever seen the hang-dog […]
The earliest recorded celebration of the arrival of the new year dates back 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon. The first new moon following the vernal equinox, or the day in the spring with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness, signaled the start of a new year. Today, New Year’s Day–the first day of […]
The definition of resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something. Have you made one of more resolutions recently – and does one or more of them have to do with losing weight or changing an eating habit?
The #1 New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. A recent study by a psychology professor found that for people who make resolutions, 75% keep them for the first week of the New Year; 71% are still maintaining their resolution after two weeks, and 46% are still keeping their New Year’s resolutions at six months.
Are those better stats than you thought? New Year’s resolutions really help you to define your goals and to identify what you want to accomplish or change. But, identifying your goals or desires is one thing, realizing them requires a plan, work, and most of all, a commitment.
Resolutions lead to frustration when you set too many or they’re unrealistic. Sure everyone would like to lose 20 pounds in one week (ever wonder how they do it on the Biggest Loser?) or go from sedentary to marathon runner in a month. It just doesn’t happen – or if, by some miracle it happens […]
For lots of us New Year’s Day means football. For lots of us it also means New Year’s resolutions. A resolution is a firm decision, a commitment, to do or not do something – often having to do with habits or lifestyle changes. Forty-four percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. One main category of […]
Penny Manegan Klatell, PhD, RN
Penny is a doctoral level nurse; a health, life, and wellness coach; and a Mom. She’s also a nutritional counselor, food lover, former college professor, author, blogger, speaker, and a very frequent restaurant visitor. She’s from a Greek restaurant family where she learned to cook and discovered the need to speak loudly to be heard above the din. She writes about delicious, healthy food and how to eat well anytime, anywhere, and at any age.