Today is an exciting day — we’ve survived the alleged Mayan apocalypse. Plus, it’s almost Christmas and New Year’s Eve (party time!). Though we just had mimosas in the office this morning, we’ve got 8 statistics that may convince you to ditch the booze, if even for a few weeks. And for the flux period between turkey and holiday hams, we explain alternative sources (ever heard of natto?) to get your protein fill. Before rushing from holiday party to holiday party, whipping off delicious hor d’ouvres, and grabbing last minute gifts, make sure to check out our 17 ways for combatting festive fatigue.

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The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness 2012From healthy cooking to productivity, these 100 figures have some serious say in how people approach fitness, health, and happiness. Check it out — we bet at least one has influenced you!

8 Convincing Stats to Lose the Booze in January (and Fight Cancer) Survey says: Alcohol may not make us sexier or better in bed. All the more reason people in the U.K. are pledging to go booze-free for a month to raise awareness and money for cancer research.

Is SpongeBob to Blame for Childhood ObesityOP-ED: Recently, Nickelodeon received a massive petition calling for stricter nutrition standards for advertising directed at kids. Should Nick’s executives ban commercials for unhealthy food?


7 Proteins for Meatless Mondays (And How to Use Them) Avoiding meat but hungering for protein? Look no further than this list of seven protein-packed alternatives to the red (or white) stuff.

This Is One Serving: Holiday Party SnacksHeading to yet another holiday party stocked with less-than-healthy finger foods? Before digging in blindly, check out this portion guide to put serving sizes in perspective. The results may surprise you!

Was It Something I Ate? Holiday Foods Can Cause Hangovers What’s worse than a hangover headache? Getting one without drinking any alcohol. Cheese, chocolate, and other foods typically found at holiday festivities may cause serious discomfort the next day.

Dangerous Desserts: Is Chocolate Safe to Eat? For many people, chocolate is high on the comfort foods list. But could eating it be more dangerous than we previously thought? Read on to learn how to stay safe this holiday season.

Healthy Holiday Choices From Around the Web #imagreatist This week, the #imagreatist community was making better choices left and right — even with all of the holidays treats in sight!

Recipe: Baked Stuffed Apples with Maple Cream Try these elegant stuffed apples for dessert at any holiday get together.

31 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Made HealthyWhether sweet or savory, we’ve got a healthier way to make your favorite comfort foods!

33 Healthier Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Never feel guilty about eating a little sweet stuff when choosing from this list!

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Study: What Burns More Fat, Aerobic or Strength Training? A new study suggests aerobic training may be more efficient than strength training when it comes to burning fat. But should we all really trade in resistance bands for running shoes?

The Greatist Table: 10 Healthy Holiday Desserts from Around the Web For better or for worse, holiday parties usually offer plenty of sugary desserts. From peppermint bark to iced cookies, check out these 10 healthier sweets options for any holiday get-together.

11 iPhone Apps to Fight the Cold and Flu Staying healthy all winter isn’t just a matter of getting a yearly flu shot. Check out these 11 smartphone apps that help prevent and treat seasonal sniffles.

How Pinterest Has Changed the Way We See Food The picture-based social platform Pinterest has skyrocketed in popularity since its launch just two years ago, but how is it changing the way we see (and consume) food? We spoke to David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby’s, to find out.

Recipe: Ginger, Quinoa, and Veggie Salad Try this simple salad with festive red quinoa for a simple, healthy side dish any time of year.

“Taste” Four Seasons: Why One Company Is Turning to Local IngredientsWhy in the world does a luxury hotel line care about local ingredients? We look at Taste, Four Seasons’ brand new food site, to see why it plans to take its Michelin stars into the garden.

6 News Stories This Week That Actually Matter to Your Health Haven’t had time to keep up on the news this week? Not to worry — we’ve summarized the top news stories that are important to our health.

Eat a Bug, Save the Environment Hamburgers and chicken wings? How last century. Scientists say bugs (yes, bugs) are a nutritious, environmentally sustainable protein source — and we’re all going to start eating them soon.


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Why the Military Uses Yoga to Treat PTSD From left-right-left to downward dog — find out why the U.S. Armed Forces are using yoga to help cure and rehabilitate returning soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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17 Sneaky Ways to Stay Energized During the Holidays For many of us, the holidays can be stressful, depressing, and altogether exhausting. But Greatist is here to help, with 17 tips for combatting that festive fatigue and keeping spirits bright.

Bad Day? Put on This Mood-Boosting Headset Chocolate, exercise, Beyoncé — there are lots of ways to bust a bad mood. But the latest one might surprise you: the Valkee is a headset that sends light the brain to boost our mood and energy levels.

Study Finds Same-Sex Marriage Could Reduce Stress Marriage goes way beyond the tax benefits. Studies have shown that heterosexual married couples are generally less stressed — and a new study shows the same goes for homosexual couples, too.

Modern Intimacy: Love’s Amazing, Love Hurts COLUMN: In the first of a series of columns on modern relationships, psychiatrist Dr. Mark Banschick explains why intimacy is so appealing — and so difficult.

Spotlight: Seven Year Pen Lasts for Seven Years Can a pen change the world? Greatist tries out the latest in green stocking stuffers: A pen that lasts for seven years.

Cheer Up! New Drug May Treat Depression in Just a Few Hours For people who suffer from depression but don’t respond to antidepressants, new hope may have just arrived. Northwestern scientists have discovered a drug that could treat symptoms of depression in just a few hours.

How to Reduce Stress While Holiday Shopping Don’t leave for the shopping mall without these tips! Here’s everything you need to know to beat the budget-busting nuisance of holiday shopping.

Gift-Giving Unwrapped: Science Says It’s Not the Thought That Counts In the midst of gift-giving season, we’ve got some important news to share with you: It may not be the thought that counts.

Holiday Shopping Addiction: Are You a ShopaholicLast-minute sales, mile-long gift lists: Holiday shopping can be chaotic for all of us, but it’s especially challenging for shopping addicts. What drives someone to raid the aisles at Macy’s, and how can they overcome their struggles?

Why Superstition May Be Good For You According to some people’s interpretation of the Mayan calendar, the apocalypse is scheduled to hit today. Some say they aren’t scared, but the truth is most of us believe in superstitions. So what are the benefits of these irrational beliefs?