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Holidays and Comfort Food

6th December 2013

Holidays and Comfort Foods

Life is getting a little hectic, you’re starting to feel tense and you find yourself once again craving your favorite comfort food.  Have you ever wondered why you want particular treats when you’re anxious?  One explanation is that you might be trying to escape the stressful present by bringing back a piece of the pleasant past. 

Most of us remember how some foods made us feel better. Perhaps your Mother baked chocolate chip cookies as a reward after your…

In just a few days, we’ll be celebrating Halloween—one of the biggest candy holidays of the year.  Are you wondering if it is possible to indulge a little bit without doing a lot of damage?  Absolutely!  Just follow these simple hints.

Purchase bags of fun-size or mini candy bars or 100-calorie snack packs of cookies or chips.  If the portion size is already decided for you, it’s easier to maintain control of how many calories you are consuming. 

Purchase treats that take time to…

Kim O’Donnel is a trained chef, nationally recognized online food personality, and longtime journalist. Formerly of The Washington Post, Kim has also written for USA Today, Real Simple, Country Gardens and Culinate.

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