Navigating A Holiday Party Without Sabotaging Your Health

I have to be honest, during the holidays it can be hard for me not to give into nostalgic cravings and indulge on foods I typically try to steer clear of throughout the rest of the year. It’s the holidays for goodness sakes and I want to celebrate like everyone else!

Unfortunately, many holiday parties in the past consistently resulted in post holiday bulge. Every January, I used to find my “skinny jeans” tighter and my waist line generally uncomfortable when I sat down. Do you know the feeling? And let’s not even talk about how I felt mentally – tired all the time and not self-confident at all. I hate those feelings!

Navigating Holiday Party

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Kraft Petition Delivery – Listen To What Happened

When I landed yesterday back in Charlotte, I got slammed by reporter requests to talk about the petition delivery and the meeting with Kraft. I am taking all of the requests because it incredibly important to keep getting this message out there. However, these interviews take up a serious amount of time and energy. I want you to know, I plan on writing a VERY detailed post about exactly what happened, as soon as possible – waiting to do it is killing me!

In the meantime, this is a radio clip that is probably one of the most detailed accounts of what happened that’s been released so far by the media…

Enjoy it – I get pretty fired up.

Listen here: WGN Radio Food Fight Blogger War with Mac & Cheese

 

FYI – When you click on the WGN link, there is small play button that looks like this below (It’s not the video) – you will need to click this to listen to the 16 min radio interview.

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We Deserve Better: Tell Kraft To Stop Using Dangerous Food Dyes In Our Mac & Cheese

I can’t believe I just ate Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food.

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Here’s why I did it… 

We recently discovered that several American food products contain harmful additives that are not used – and in some cases banned – in other countries. One of those products is an iconic staple that almost every American, us included, has had at one time or another: Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the US contains the artificial food dyes Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. These dyes are not in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in other countries, including the UK, because they are considered harmful overseas and were removed due to consumer outcry. Kraft reformulated their product for the UK, but not for their fellow American citizens, and it’s time we demand the same here in the US!

That’s why we are petitioning Kraft to remove all artificial food dyes from their line of macaroni and cheese products.
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