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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Accumulate Miles, Not Pounds

Big portions, rich desserts and tantalizing menus are a few of the roadblocks travelers face in maintaining a healthful eating style. But travel and nutritious eating can go hand in hand.

Consider the following air travel tips:

Drink lots of water, even if you're not thirsty

Drink plenty of juice, water, milk or other non-caffeinated beverages about eight ounces for each hour of flight.

Put dry fruit such as raisins or apricots, muffins, bagels, crackers or pretzels in your carry-on bag.

If you are going to drink alcohol, remember moderation is key.

On long flights, walk up and down the aisles. At the airport, walk through terminals and skip the "people movers."

Apples and Pears: What's Your Shape?

Take a close look at yourself in the mirror. Are you shaped like an apple or a pear? In terms of health, being an apple shape can be riskier than being a pear shape.

If you carry most extra weight in your abdominal or upper body, that is considered an apple shape. This body shape has been known to increase the risk for some health problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol levels, early heart disease and high blood pressure.

On the other hand, excess weight carried in the hips, buttocks and thighs is known as pear shape. This body shape doesn't appear to be as risky for most health problems. However it may increase your risk for varicose veins and orthopedic problems.

No matter where you carry extra weight, the best bet is to lose it. Consult a registered dietitian to develop a plan that works best for your body type.

This tip was provided by Kelley Steen, clinical dietitian at Central Peninsula Hospital, courtesy of the American Dietetic Association's public relations team.

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