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Prescribing holiday foods to fight chronic disease

Adventist Health Fitness, Recipes, News

You can treat or prevent disease through dietary changes this holiday season.

Chocolate, fudge and other colorful and delectable sweets dominate our diets in December, leaving us wishing we'd asked for bigger pants or a larger belt under the Christmas tree. Looking beyond winter weight gain and the stretch pants, more importantly, holiday eating doesn't provide people with the vitamins, nutrients and fiber they need to stay healthy and fight off chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, obesity and prolonged pain.

Food and nutrition can serve as medicine, and with the right dose of fruits and vegetables, a healthy diet and lifestyle can be as effective as some medications and medical treatments.

"This winter you can boost the nutrition value in your holiday and cold-weather recipes by incorporating more colorful fruits, vegetables and healthy alternatives into your diet," says Irene Franklin, director of nutritional services at Adventist Medical Center. "No matter what time of year it is, I challenge my patients to explore food options that will provide their bodies with the nutrients they need to stay healthy and prevent chronic disease."

Be proactive about your health, nutrition and fighting disease this holiday season by improving your diet with these simple changes-and hold on to those skinny jeans, because you may need them in the New Year.

Learn which foods foods will help you maintain your health, and your weight, on the Portland Tribune website.