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Make New Habits Instead of Resolutions by Amy Dungan

Habits - good or bad, we all have them. It's the bad habits that get us into trouble, and, sadly, most people will admit they probably have more bad habits than good ones. So as the new year rolls in, we start thinking about making resolutions. I'm not the biggest fan of resolutions, simply because they generally tend to end in guilt and self-defeating attitudes. I propose we do away with resolutions for 2012. Instead, let's just work on changing habits, one step at a time. No deadlines, no pressure.

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Low Carb New Year’s Alcohol Guide

Contrary to popular belief, alcohol does not turn to sugar in your bloodstream. However, it it is carbohydrate-derived; alcohol is what yeasts pee out after eating sugars. Doesn't that sound yummy? Hey, it doesn't stop me. Alcohol does behave like a carb in one important way: your body burns it preferentially. Just as eating carbohydrate shuts down fat burning, so does drinking alcohol. Or as a medical journal article I read donkey's years ago phrased it, "Alcohol profoundly inhibits lipolysis." Furthermore, at 7 calories per gram, nearly twice the calorie count of carbs, it can take you longer to burn through the booze. This is why alcohol, despite some genuine benefits, is always an indulgence when you're trying to lose weight.

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Torani Sugar-Free Syrups

With handwritten recipes from their hometown of Lucca, Italy, Rinaldo and Ezilda Torre introduced Torani syrups to the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco in 1925. Mixing their syrup recipes with sparkling water, the Torres introduced the classic Italian soda to local cafes, and soon began mixing, blending and selling Torani Syrups from their Italian wholesale grocery. Over the years they created some of the best Sugar Free flavors around. Sweetened with Splenda and Acesulfame Potassium.

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Low-Carb Holiday Gift Giving

Low-Carb Holiday Gifts by Dana Carpender

Low-Carb Holiday Gifts. If I posted a Thanksgiving article a couple of weeks ago, it must be the Christmas shopping season! Or Hanukkah. Or Kwanza. Or Yule. Or Saturnalia. Or Festivus. Or "Let's drink to the days getting longer again." Whatever you want to celebrate is fine by me, so long as you count me in on the wine.

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Low Carb Success Story Hank Garner by Amy Dungan

This month's awe inspiring success story comes from a good friend of mine named Hank Garner. Hank describes himself as a man who is incredibly blessed. Happily married for 17 years to his wife Dawn, they have 5 wonderful children and enjoy small-town life in Southern Mississippi. A web designer, Hank loves spending time with his family, the outdoors and being active. His newest passion is running, which he does 4 or 5 days a week.

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Celebrating All of Your Low-Carb Holidays