• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

February 9, 2015

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESthe word sugar written in spilled sugar
Added sugar: Don't get sabotaged by sweeteners
Added sugar can contribute unwanted calories and aggravate health concerns. See where it may be lurking in your diet and how to cut back

Getting past a weight-loss plateau
Are you dieting and the numbers on the scale have stopped dropping? Don't despair. Restart your weight loss with these tips.

EXPERT ANSWERS
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Caffeine and menopause symptoms
There does appear to be a link between caffeine use and hot flashes.

Isometric exercises: Good for strength training?
Isometric exercises are contractions of a particular muscle or group of muscles. Learn their risks and benefits.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Cholesterol test
Latest GI innovations
Video: Winter skin care
Living with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) or microscopic polyangiitis (MPA)

HEALTHY RECIPES
Strawberry shortcake
Shrimp scampi
Spinach berry salad
Cheesecake

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Quit smoking: Put your reasons on paper
Consider what you don't like about smoking and why you want to quit smoking. Are you worried about health consequences, such as lung cancer and heart disease? Do you want to feel better? Set a good example for your kids? Rid yourself of that lingering smoke smell on your hair, skin and clothes? Write it all down and carry the list with you. Each time you go to pick up a cigarette or other tobacco product, read your list and remind yourself why you want to quit.

NOW BLOGGING
Nutrition-wise: Fasting and food choices
Do you frequently skip meals? Be warned. After fasting, people often opt for calorie-dense foods.

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