Food Sins! How Many of These 30 Are You Guilty Of?

Ice in wine? Well-done steak? Truffle Oil? You ought to be ashamed!

Just use your hands, it'll be okay!

Are you a food sinner? You might be, and you may not even realize it.

We’ll preface this list of food sins by saying that you may not agree with us, but we’re steadfast in our opinions. Our editorial team racked our brains, and we all came up with behaviors, habits, and culinary quirks that we think are worth seriously considering never doing again.

Hey, if you’re the type of person who’s guilty of more than a few of these, we forgive you. Some people get in the habit of doing something from childhood, and before they know it they’re full-grown adults committing a food faux pas that has their friends giggling behind their backs. And nobody wants to be doing something that they think is completely normal but that, in fact, is threatening to make them a social pariah.

Don’t feel that we’re judging you. We’re not. We’re just gently letting you know that you may want to rethink your way of doing things. Some of the transgressions listed here are minor offenses; some would be punishable with prison time if chefs ruled the world. In any case, we’re here to help. So read on to learn which 30 food sins you very well might be guilty of committing — and then stop, right now.

As any Italian will tell you, cheese and fish simply do not go together. We’re looking at you, Filet-O-Fish.

Either take the time to properly chill a bottle of white wine or don’t drink it. Just have a little patience instead of watering it down.

But figuring out what to eat can feel like a hassle, right? Well, it doesn't have to because there are easy things you can do to add flavor to your daily routine—including healthy twists on your favorite foods.

One key to feeling your best lies in the food you eat. You can start by working with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN/RD) to make an eating plan that works for you. In it, be sure to include the foods you like—and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Most importantly, remember that eating well—and adding activity to your daily routine by moving more—are important ways you can manage diabetes. And we’re here to help you every step of the way.

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Are You a Food Addict?

Food addiction can show itself in many different ways. We thought we lacked willpower or self-discipline. Many of us had self-discipline in other areas of our lives, but not with food. Or if we sometimes restrained our eating while on a diet, it never lasted very long.

We heard people express feelings of low self-esteem, fear, doubt, insecurity, shame, guilt, and hopelessness around their relationship with food. We hated to admit that we had a problem and that we were not &ldquonormal&rdquo with food. Over time we became aware that these were symptoms of food addiction.

To discover more, answer each of the following questions as honestly as you can

  1. Have you ever wanted to stop eating and found you just couldn't?
  2. Do you think about food or your weight constantly?
  3. Do you find yourself attempting one diet or food plan after another, with no lasting success?
  4. Do you binge and then "get rid of the binge" through vomiting, exercise, laxatives, or other forms of purging?
  5. Do you eat differently in private than you do in front of other people?
  6. Has a doctor or family member ever approached you with concern about your eating habits or weight?
  7. Do you eat large quantities of food at one time (binge)?
  8. Is your weight problem due to your "nibbling" all day long?
  9. Do you eat to escape from your feelings?
  10. Do you eat when you're not hungry?
  11. Have you ever discarded food, only to retrieve and eat it later?
  12. Do you eat in secret?
  13. Do you fast or severely restrict your food intake?
  14. Have you ever stolen other people's food?
  15. Have you ever hidden food to make sure you have "enough"?
  16. Do you feel driven to exercise excessively to control your weight?
  17. Do you obsessively calculate the calories you've burned against the calories you've eaten?
  18. Do you frequently feel guilty or ashamed about what you've eaten?
  19. Are you waiting for your life to begin "when you lose the weight"?
  20. Do you feel hopeless about your relationship with food?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you may be a food addict. You are not alone. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous &trade offers hope through a real solution to food addiction.

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Britain's top 50 guilty pleasures

An extra scoop of ice cream or slice of cake, a last-minute takeaway - and throwing a sickie have been named among Britain's top 50 guilty pleasures. Researchers found almost nine in ten regularly treat ourselves to a guilty pleasure &ndash with the average adult indulging in a little bit of what they fancy, up to four times a week.

Drinking juice straight from the carton, snooping through people's pictures on Facebook and watching daytime TV shows like Bargain Hunt and Jeremy Kyle also made the list.

How many common guilty pleasures do you have?

Researchers also found we sneakily enjoy curling up with a cuppa when we should be doing the chores, listening to cheesy pop and eating Nutella out of the jar. Rachel Turner, from Tetley, which commissioned the research to launch the new Tetley Indulgence range, said: "In an increasingly busy and pressure-laden world, it's important to indulge now and then.

"Whether it's a little bit of luxury, a little bit naughty or something you wouldn't want anyone else to know about. After all, life would be boring if we didn't indulge occasionally."

A poll of 2,000 adults has found an extra scoop of ice cream or slice of cake is the most common guilty pleasure to indulge in, followed by ordering a takeaway in when you can't be bothered to cook or popping on a Disney film as an adult which reminds us of our childhood.

Us Brits love to treat ourselves

Falling asleep in front of the TV or at the cinema came fourth while watching Netflix or boxsets all day came fifth. An extra tea break when you should be working, ordering enough food in to feed more people than you need to and stealing soaps and toiletries from hotels also feature.

Staying in your pyjamas all day and having a whole pack of biscuits with a cup of tea completed the top ten.

Other guilty pleasures Brits like to indulge in include going back to bed on a Sunday afternoon, eating a stash of sweets or chocolate which are meant to be for the kids and going to the pub straight after the gym.

It also emerged food and drink form the basis of most of our guilty pleasures, while catching up on TV and films also feature highly. But one in three admit they kept their activity private from those closest to them, with almost 18 per cent going as far as to say they are embarrassed by their secret indulgences.

Unsurprisingly, food and drink form the basis of most of our guilty pleasures

Almost one in five have been left red-faced after someone found out about one of their guilty pleasures with 22 per cent of those trying to cover it up, despite being caught in the act.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Jason Donnelly

Nutrition: 282 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 444 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 28 g protein

You can throw away all your fall-scented candles, because making a batch of this cozy chili will have the same fragrant effect on your house—and, as a bonus, it's something you can eat.

60 Easy Dip Recipes That Your Party Guests Will Devour in No Time

Whether you&rsquore looking for an easy snack to go with a Friday night Netflix and chill session, hosting a holiday dinner party, or coming up with some easy tailgate recipe ideas, one of the easiest (and tastiest) things you can make is a dip. Dips are great because they can flavor a variety of foods, from crunchy chips, or fries and onion rings, to healthy snacks like carrot sticks or cut pepper slices.

And these dip recipes are exactly what you need to feed anyone from yourself to a crowd in the easiest way possible. Everyone knows that appetizers are the best part of any gathering, and dips are probably in the number-one spot. While you&rsquoll surely have lots of delectable holiday appetizers at your Christmas gathering, why not serve up one of the creamy spinach dips or guacamoles?

Or, consider this year&rsquos Super Bowl party. These buffalo chicken or chicken fajita dips will be a perfect addition to your Super Bowl snacks. Who wouldn&rsquot love dunking a piece of crusty bread or a crunchy tortilla chip into one of these dishes? It doesn&rsquot matter how many people are attending your party, because these recipes are sure to feel a large group of people. And because they&rsquore so simple, you can always make more&mdashand you'll probably want to anyway! They're just that good. Don't forget to serve these party dip recipes up with a batch of themed drinks, like a Christmas cocktail, if you&rsquore having a holiday party. Make one of these dip recipes at your next party and your guests are sure to sing your praises!

90+ Spaghetti Squash Recipes to Pack Your Pasta Night with Veggies

Whether you're trying to cut back on carbs, manage a gluten intolerance, add more vegetables to dinner, or simply enjoy one of the many types of squash available, there&rsquos a satisfying pasta alternative that will fulfill all your quick, easy dinner needs, and that tastes surprisingly delicious: spaghetti squash. A cousin to other squashes like zucchini, pumpkin, and patty pan squash, this winter squash is available year-round, but is freshest in the early fall.

When cooler weather sets in, spaghetti squash recipes reign supreme. Though there are plenty of other squash out there&mdashbutternut squash, acorn squash, or winter squash, just to name a few&mdashwe often prefer spaghetti squash for its ability to effortlessly swap in pasta recipes. Part of this is the stringy texture and part is the mild taste, which really does resemble the infinitely adaptable pasta it gets its name from.

Whether you&rsquore in the mood for a chicken dinner, an easy recipe for ground beef like bolognese, or some creative vegetarian recipes, we've gathered include everything from simple spaghetti and meatballs to packed burrito bowls.

The other major benefit of spaghetti squash? Cooking it is pretty simple. Most recipes just call for cutting it half, scooping out the seeds, and microwaving it, or roasting it in the oven for about an hour. One pro-tip: Though it doesn't look as good presentation-wise, if you want longer "noodles" cut the squash in rings, and roast them that way: It will keep the strands more intact.

Either way, the next time you're in need of a simple easy fall recipes that the whole family will love, opt for one of these easy spaghetti squash recipes.

Worst Cooks in America

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Glazed and Confused

Favorite former Worst Cooks recruits, including Carson Kressley, Alec Mapa and Sonja Morgan, settle in at home to watch and comment on an episode of Worst Cooks in America in which the contestants compete in boardwalk-themed cooking challenges led by chefs Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli. The former recruits provide commentary as the teams compete in a hilarious blind tasting game to identify different flavor combinations by eating doughnuts hanging by strings. Then the cast responds to the contestants making sausage from scratch with their own choice of toppings, with some outrageous combinations earning huge laughs. The former recruits react as two of the most hopeless cooks are eliminated from Boot Camp.

Sin City and Final Showdown

Teams of recruits go head-to-head in a series of casino-themed culinary challenges under the watchful eyes of chefs Anne Burrell and Michael Symon. Then former Worst Cooks recruits watch and comment on a Celebrity Edition finale with Wells Adams and Johnny Bananas.

Sin City and Final Showdown

Teams of recruits go head-to-head in a series of casino-themed culinary challenges under the watchful eyes of chefs Anne Burrell and Michael Symon. Then former Worst Cooks recruits watch and comment on a Celebrity Edition finale with Wells Adams and Johnny Bananas.

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12 Foods That Can Kill You

Ever turn down a drink at a bar and hear someone refute, “One shot won’t kill you!”? Well, that’s not entirely true. It can—and for 18-year-old Gaby Scanlon (now 20), it almost did at Oscar’s Wine Bar and Bistro in Lancaster, England, The Guardian reports.

Scanlon had her stomach removed after drinking a smoking liquid nitrogen shot called the Nitro-Jagermeister, given to her for free by an employee on her birthday. Almost immediately after taking the shot, smoke started coming out of her nose and mouth, her stomach “expanded,” and she became violently ill. Scanlon was rushed to an infirmary for surgery to remove her stomach and small bowel after the liquid nitrogen had perforated her stomach and destroyed the internal tissue. As for Oscar’s Wine Bar and Bistro, they’ve been fined £100,000 (about $155,000) after “pleading guilty to one count of failing in the duty of an employer to ensure the safety of persons not in its employment, admitting it failed to ensure the shot-sized cocktail was safe for consumption.”

This may be an extreme case, but you should know that foods—natural foods, not foods soaked in chemicals—have the potential to kill you, too. Not to be alarmist, or prevent you from enjoying some nutritious fruits, veggies, and the sort, but you should know the dangers. From pits to leaves, and everything in between, take note of where these foods’ naturally occurring chemicals and toxins are lurking. While some should be avoided at all costs, others are just a matter of learning how much to eat, and how to prepare them. Your curiosity get the best of you yet? Check out the 12 foods with the potential to drop you to your knees.

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Calories: Different Kinds and Their Effects

The main sources of calories in a typical person's diet are carbohydrates, proteins, and fat, with alcohol also being a significant portion of calorie intake for many people (though ideally this should be limited since alcohol contains many empty calories). Some studies have shown that the calories displayed on nutrition labels and the calories actually consumed and retained can vary significantly. This hints at the complex nature of calories and nutrition and is why many conflicting points of view on the "best" methodology for losing weight exist. For example, how a person chews their food has been shown to affect weight loss to some degree generally speaking, chewing food more increases the number of calories that the body burns during digestion. People that chew more also tend to eat less, since the longer period of time necessary to chew their food allows more time to reach a state of satiety, which results in eating less. However, the effects of how food is chewed and digestion of different foods are not completely understood and it is possible that other factors exist, and thus this information should be taken with a grain of salt (in moderation if weight loss is the goal).

Generally, foods that take more effort to chew &ndash fruit, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, etc. &ndash require the body to burn more calories since more calories are required to digest them. It also results in the feeling of satiety for longer periods of time. Furthermore, certain foods like coffee, tea, chilies, cinnamon, and ginger have been found to increase the rate of calories burned, due to the ingredients they contain.

The "quality" of calories consumed is also important. There are different classifications of foods in terms of calories. This includes high-calorie foods, low-calorie foods, and empty calories. Consistent with their naming, high-calorie foods are foods that are calorically dense, meaning that there are a high number of calories relative to serving size, while low-calorie foods have fewer calories relative to serving size. Foods such as fat, oils, fried foods, and sugary foods are examples of high-calorie foods. Being a high-calorie food does not inherently mean that the food is unhealthy however &ndash avocados, quinoa, nuts, and whole grains are all high-calorie foods that are considered healthful in moderation. Low calorie foods include vegetables and certain fruits, among other things, while empty calories, such as those in added sugars and solid fats, are calories that contain few to no nutrients. Studies have shown that there is a measurable difference between consuming 500 calories of carrots compared to 500 calories of popcorn. As previously mentioned, this in part can be attributed to differences in how the foods are consumed and processed. Carrots require far more chewing and can result in more calories burned during digestion. Again, the mechanism for these differences is not fully defined, but simply note that for weight loss purposes, the general formula of calories in minus calories out determining weight gain or loss does hold, but that the number of calories on a nutrition label is not necessarily indicative of how many calories the body actually retains. While there is no clear-cut or ideal amount of macronutrient proportions a person should consume to maintain a healthy diet or lose weight, eating a "healthy" diet replete with a variety of unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, and lean meats is correlated with being healthier, and is more likely to result in sustainable weight loss. Also, remember that calories from drinks comprise an estimated 21% of a typical person's diet. Many of these calories fall under the category of empty calories. While sodas are an obvious culprit, drinks such as juices and even milk have large amounts of sugar and should be consumed in moderation to avoid negating their nutritional benefits. Ideally a person should drink water, tea, and coffee without adding sugar in order to reduce calories gained from drinks.

Remember: All foods, including "healthful foods," should be consumed in moderation, and distinctions can often be misleading since even natural foods like fruits can have large amounts of sugar, and foods labeled as "health foods" such as low-calorie foods, reduced-fat foods, etc. can potentially replace one unhealthy component with another. Many reduced-fat foods have large amounts of added sugar to compensate for taste lost through fat reduction. It is important to pay attention to, and consider the different components in a food product in order to determine whether said food should have a place within your diet.

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