• By Jen O'Hara

Housecall: Want to Trim Your Waistline? Try Walking

December 28, 2015

woman exercising outdoors by walking her dog
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If you're counting calories over the holidays, be sure to watch what you drink. Try these healthy tips.

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HEALTHY RECIPES
Ambrosia with coconut and toasted almonds
Lima bean ragout with tomatoes and thyme
Sweet potatoes and roasted bananas
Beef stew with fennel and shallots

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Can chicken soup cure a cold?
There's no cure for the common cold. But if you're sick, chicken soup may help you feel better. Warm liquids, such as chicken soup, tea or warm apple juice, help speed up the movement of mucus through the nose. This relieves congestion and limits the amount of time viruses are in contact with the lining of your nose. Plus, soup and other liquids help prevent dehydration.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover even more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.

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