You Brush Your Teeth After a Glass of Wine Do you rush to the bathroom at parties to scrub away red wine stains? You could actually be raising your risk for permanent staining. Wine's acidity (red or white) can dissolve tooth enamel, and brushing right away can contribute to erosion. Instead, neutralize the acid by rinsing with a glass of water—and avoid staining in the first place by sipping and immediately swallowing your wine, rather than swishing it in your mouth.
You 'Eyeball' the Meat to Tell When It’s Done Some people think that it's possible to judge whether meat is cooked through by checking its color or the juices dripping out of it. Old cookbooks say to ‘cook until there's no pink meat remaining, or until the juices run clear. But there's been quite a bit of research done on both poultry and meat that shows that these are not good indicators of whether they have reached a temperature that's considered safe. Instead, to reduce your risk of foodborne illnesses that can linger on uncooked food, you should use a meat thermometer and make sure you're cooking poultry to 165, and red meat to 160.
You Wash Bagged Lettuce... Again You need a salad first course for your holiday feast, so you pick up a ready-to-serve bag of greens at the market. The package says they're twice washed—but it can't hurt to give them one more wash, right? Actually it can. . A national microbiological safety panel looked at those bags and they concluded that even if you wash them again, you're unlikely to remove any type of pathogens that are still hanging on. By touching the lettuce with your hands and tossing it in a colander, however, you do run the risk of introducing new pathogens.
You Don't Eat Before a Party If you know there's going to food and drinks at the office party tonight, you may think it's best to skip your healthy afternoon snack beforehand. It makes sense to arrive at a party a little hungry, but to come starving means a glass of wine and appetizers will lead to one big caloric nightmare. Besides, parties never start when they're supposed to, and you know there"s going to be some gooey, crunchy appetizer that will be your undoing. Solution: Taper your appetite by popping a handful of raw almonds before you leave your desk.
You Plan Your Post-Holiday Cleanse Advertisements for New Year's cleanses and detox diets will promise to rid you of your holiday weight gain. The problem is, severe calorie restrictions and juice-only plans can keep you from getting the vitamins and nutrients your body needs, and, because they cause the body to burn large amounts of fat, they even have the potential to create new toxins. If you're looking forward to a fresh and clean start in the new year, consider a diet full of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains instead.