5@5 - The post-holiday detox
December 26th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

We all tend to go a little overboard during the holidays. Too much merrymaking (also known as cocktails) and a lot of overindulging in the kitchen - that second helping, that extra cookie, the second glass of spiked eggnog - we’ve all been there.

Chef Chad Sarno, the research and development chef for the Health Starts Here program at Whole Foods Market, is ready to step into the kitchen and help you get back on the healthy eating wagon that you may have barreled off of recently.

Post-holiday guilt and bloat be gone with these helpful tips for eating clean, detoxing and starting fresh for the New Year.

Five Ways to Detox Post-Holidays: Chad Sorno

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We skipped the Christmas roast
December 26th, 2011
12:30 PM ET
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Advent is a season of feasting for most American Christians. It unofficially begins on Thanksgiving with gut-busting portions of turkey and potatoes and carries on all the way through to Christmas with a dietary gauntlet of party trays, cookies and candy canes.

Our family is trying a different approach to Advent this year by following what Orthodox Christians call the Nativity Fast in which participants refrain from dairy, eggs, oil, wine and meat. Fish, wine and oil are allowed on certain designated days. As my 9-year-old daughter explained to her friends over school lunch, “We’re going vegan this Christmas.”

In this season where most of us fret about undisciplined eating and gaining weight, it’s refreshing to discover a community that is eating to the ring of a different dinner bell. What’s even more interesting to me is that not only do Orthodox Christians fast for 40 days leading up to Christmas, they fast for more than half the year.

Read "My Take: Why we're skipping the Christmas roast" on CNN's Belief Blog.

Send the food lover in your life a little belated joy
December 26th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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If you haven’t gotten your Christmas presents yet, boy, are you in trouble. Ditto if you’re still shopping for Hannukah, which started days ago. But you don’t need me to make this moment worse; you probably already feel like you’re in a bad episode of 24. Consider these gift ideas if you’re frantic to get a food lover something, anything. As they say, better late than never.

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Breakfast buffet: National candy cane day
December 26th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

One bite and you'll be hooked - December 26 is National Candy Cane Day!

If you were worried that candy canes aren't allowed the day after Christmas, never fear! You've got plenty of time to plow through your cache of cane-shaped candy today.

Candy canes were born out of necessity in Cologne, Germany for Christmas Eve, 1670. A choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral requested that the local candy master make a batch of sweet sticks for the children in the church. Apparently, the kids were a little bit noisy, but to justify handing out candy during a worship service, the candy maker crooked the top of each stick like that of a shepherd's.

So, the choirmaster had his quiet church (except for soft munching), and the candy maker began a Christmas tradition that we are still enjoying in a variety of ways today.

Coffee klatsch
December 26th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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