Lowfat holiday

first_imgBy Kristen PlankUniversity of GeorgiaHoliday dinner is the one time you’re allowed to eat entire platefuls of home-cooked delicacies without an ounce of guilt. But that’s usually not the case, and that serving of remorse typically follows your second slice of pecan pie.Kelly Bryant, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist, offers many ways to cut calories in a turkey dinner.“You don’t have to go ‘cold turkey’ on your favorite holiday foods,” Bryant said. “The holidays are a time to celebrate, and food is a part of that. Enjoy your favorite holiday treats. But look for ways to do so wisely and in moderation.”The first tips require just a little willpower to save half the calories during dinner.“When eating turkey, choose white meat instead of dark meat, which has more calories,” Bryant said. Choose half a cup of cornbread dressing instead of a full cup. Or bake sweet potatoes and then add a little brown sugar and cinnamon instead of making a casserole.“Gravy can also add a lot of fat and calories to your meal, so beware of that,” she said. Refrigerate the gravy and skim the fat off before reheating and serving.The bulk of the meal itself isn’t the only thing Bryant considers. Desserts and drinks play a big role in the number of calories.Bryant said drinks should supplement the meal and not be a thirst quencher. “One cup of eggnog is about 350 calories,” she said. Instead, choose low-fat versions of drinks, and be careful with alcohol, which can be loaded with calories.A Cornell University study reveals a physical way to reduce the amount people serve themselves. In the study, some participants were given 17-ounce bowls and others 34-ounce bowls for ice cream. Those with the larger bowls ate 31 percent more ice cream. The same study compared spoon sizes and found that helpings increased by nearly 15 percent with a larger spoon.“You’re going to put a lot less on a smaller plate, and you can always go back if you do decide you want more,” Bryant said.When it comes to copious calories and fat, however, the dinner’s finale of pie and ice cream wins hands down. A slice of pecan pie can have 500 calories. That’s one-fourth of your daily allowance in a 2,000-calorie diet.“Before you eat dessert, try asking yourself: ‘Do I really want this because I love it or because it’s here?’” she said.Half the battle is mental, but this war can be easily won through a little preparation, Bryant said. It takes making good choices and eating wisely and in moderation.Look at calories for the day, she said, in terms of shopping and spending money. “I like to think of it this way because it can really put things in perspective,” she said. Eat only as many calories as you can afford in a day.Say you do eat more than you should and the guilt is as thick as grandma’s gravy. “Most people are sluggish after eating such a large, high-carbohydrate meal,” Bryant said. “Instead of sitting around, make it a family tradition to take a walk after your food settles. You’ll feel much better about yourself.”Some final tips for healthful holiday eating:* Don’t serve food on the dinner table. Instead, make a buffet in the kitchen.* Eat a small, healthy breakfast and lunch the day of the big meal so you aren’t famished by dinnertime.* Offer healthy choices at holiday parties, such as fruit and vegetable trays and low-fat dips.“The holidays are not a time to set weight-loss goals, since it’s a high-temptation time,” Bryant said. “Instead, try to maintain your weight and leave the weight loss until after the holidays.”last_img read more

CDC verdict on 2005-06 flu season: mild

first_imgJun 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the 2005-06 influenza season was milder than the previous several seasons and had an unusually late peak.From Oct 2, 2005, through May 20, 2006, US laboratories involved in official flu surveillance tested 139,647 patient specimens for flu viruses, and 17,414 (12.5%) were positive, the CDC said in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Of these, 14,093 (80.9%) were influenza A viruses, and 3,321 (19.1%) were influenza B viruses.In today’s report, the CDC lists the following indications of a relatively mild flu season:The proportion of specimens testing positive for influenza peaked at 23% in Dec 2005, compared with peak proportions of 23.2% to 41.0% in the previous five flu seasons.The highest weekly percentage of visits to “sentinel” healthcare providers for influenza-like illness was 3.3%, compared with a range of 3.2% to 7.6% in the previous five seasons.At the seasonal peak, the week ending Mar 11, 2006, 41 states reported regional or widespread influenza activity. This compares with 45 to 50 states in the previous five flu seasons.The percentage of weekly deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza never exceeded the CDC’s epidemic threshold, peaking twice at 7.8%. During the previous five seasons, the total number of weeks above the epidemic threshold ranged from 4 to 16, and the peak percentage ranged from 8.1% to 10.4%.This season’s peak week, in March, came substantially later than the peak periods in the previous five seasons, which ranged from early December to late February, according to the report.However, the number of weeks during which 10% or more of specimens tested positive was particularly high this past flu season. The season saw 18 consecutive weeks at that level, compared with 11 to 15 weeks in the previous five seasons.The CDC also reports that 35 children died of flu-related causes in 13 states during the season. This compares with 39 pediatric deaths in 17 states during the 2004-05 flu season and 152 such deaths in 40 states in 2003-04. Pediatric statistics were not given in the CDC’s year-end reports immediately preceding those.Of the 5,661 influenza A viruses that were subtyped, 5,231 (92.4%) were H3N2 strains and 430 (7.6%) were H1N1. And although type A viruses predominated overall, influenza B was more common in specimens from late April through May.(In Europe, influenza B predominated. In Asia, influenza A (H1N1) and influenza B predominated, while Africa reported low levels of influenza A and B, according to the report.)Also, circulating virus strains matched the 2005-06 vaccine quite well, the report said. Most influenza A subtypes matched the two vaccine strains. And in the early months of the season, the influenza B subtype matched as well.The US Food and Drug Administration has recommended that the 2006-07 trivalent vaccine contain different influenza B and influenza A (H3N2) components, the report notes. The recommended virus subtypes for the coming season’s vaccine are A/New Caledonia/20/99-like (H1N1), A/Wisconsin/67/2005-like (H3N2), and B/Malaysia/2506/2004-like.The report also says the past flu season was notable in that H3N2 viruses developed a high level of resistance to the antiviral drugs amantadine and rimantadine (the adamantanes). Because of this, the CDC in January recommended not using these drugs for flu prevention or treatment for the rest of the season.This high resistance to the adamantanes among circulating H3N2 viruses continued through May, the report states.CDC. Update: influenza activity—United States and worldwide, 2005-06 season, and composition of the 2006-07 influenza vaccine. MMWR 2006 Jun 16;55(23):648-52 [Full text]See also:March 1 CIDRAP News story: “Two new strains to be used in 2006-07 flu vaccine”CDC influenza activity sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/last_img read more

In pictures how Gor swept Vegetarianos

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans (Green Army) rally behind their team as they hosted Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea in the first leg of the CAF Champions League at the Machakos Stadium on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – From the loyal Green Army fans, the management to the players, Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia did not disappoint as they swept aside Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea 2-0 to put one foot in the first round of the CAF Champions League, here is how the showdown went down in pictorial.It was a sigh of relief for the Kenyan fans as they enjoyed watching the match from the comfort of their homes thanks to the National Broadcaster, KBC who beamed the match live. The match was Live on TV. Images captured by a cameraman. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA Gor Mahia boss Ambrose Rachier was in attendance at the packed Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos and one could tell how much he waited for the opener that came in the 19th minute from returning Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi.Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier following their CAF Champions League match against the Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe match that saw Gor take a 1-0m lead at the interval was overseen by centre referee Mahmood Ali Mahmood Ismail from Sudan.Center referee from Sudan giving instructions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKevin ‘Ade’ Omondi re-paid the faith shown in him by head coach Dylan Kerr, scoring the opener in his first start since returning to the club and he displayed a good performance to remind the Green Army of his 2012-13 days while at the club where he made his name.Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi in action against the Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea during their CAF Champions League first leg clash hosted at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe fans could not resist celebrating the opener from Omondi fondly known as ‘Daddy’ by his peers as the 5000 capacity stadium went into jubilation to intimidate the visitors from Equatorial Guinea.Gor Mahia fans into jubilation.K’Ogalo divas coloured the beautiful game of football as they cheered Gor’s first goal in joy.Gor Mahia Divas enjoying the Green Army Band as they cheered in joy when Kevin’Ade’ Omondi netted the opener against Vegetarinos in their 2018 CAG Champions League first leg at the Machakos Stadium on 11th, February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHit man Meddie Kagere’s work rate was up to standard as he gave the Vegetarianos defence a hard time, though he did not find the back of the net, the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Player of the Year gave his best.Gor Mahia talisman Meddie Kagere had a brilliant display. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor’s midfield was well manned by Humphrey Mieno and attacking left-footed Francis Kahata and the scores could have been 2-0 by half time if Mieno had converted a penalty that was saved by the Vegetarianos keeper.Gor attacking midfielder Francis Kahata in action. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHowever, super sub Ephraim Guikan who came on for winger George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo in the 60th minute hit the second goal with a thunderbolt to show what is expected of him after being signed in January.Super sub Ephraim Giukan netted the second in the 60th minute with his first touch after coming on for George ‘Black Berry’ Odhiambo. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia players jostle for space with Leones Vegetarianos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEphraim Guikan celebrating his second goal. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia fan with ‘Bible’. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia midfielder Humprey Miano against Leonne Vegetarianos’ Oje Rafael. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi (LEFT) , Godfrey Walusimbi against Leonne Vegetarianos’ Mosso Ngueme during the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League played at the Machakos Stadium on 10th February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi in action against Leones Vegetarianos’ Jesus Tomasosngong during the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League played at the Machakos Stadium on 10th February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia Captain Harun Shakava clearing the ball. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia defender Wellington Ochieng in action against Vegetarinos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAVegetarino keeper Sapunga issuing instructions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAVegetarino coach was not a happy man. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAVegetarinos, who hosts the second leg in Equatorial Guinea, will need a 3-0 victory to overturn the deficit, but K’Ogalo has the first leg advantage since in the least even a 1-0, 2-1 defeat or any kind of draw will sail them through to the first round of the continental competition as they seek to reach the group stages for the first time in years.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more