11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. The words “knavery,” “rapscallion,” “flapdoodle” and “caterwaul” are in danger of extinction. (Learn more at UPI) 2. Despite New Year’s resolutions, Americans double their purchases of food calories in January compared to the holidays. (Learn more at the Los Angeles Times) 3. It’s true. Keeping warm can help ward off a common cold. (Learn more at Yale Univ. via Futurity) 4. Banana bread slipped into first place in online searches for recipes in 2014. …

Internet Food Searches Go Bananas in 2014

When it comes to the trillions of Internet searches for health, diet and food in 2014, Americans evidently went bananas. Or so say the folks at Google and Yahoo. Bananas were at the top of the bunch for popular searches, according to the companies’ end-of-the-year reports. Aside from our surprising love for bananas, we also searched for other in-the-news health subjects that probably won’t surprise you. The Paleo diet was the top diet search in the U.S. on Google, for …

The Year’s 9 Highest-Calorie ‘Xtreme’ Restaurant Meals

How high can those numbers go? That’s the question each year as the nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) spotlights the restaurant-chain meals that pack in the highest calorie, fat and sodium counts. And just when you think those numbers can’t soar any more, consider this year’s “Xtreme Eating” awards: At the top spot is a  3,540-calorie Red Robin Gourmet Burgers “Monster” meal with a double burger, “bottomless” fries and Monster shake. The sodium alone …

Counting Calories, Not Eating Frequent Meals, Helps Dieters

It’s familiar advice to dieters: Eat five small meals a day, instead of two big ones, and you’ll stave off hunger and lose more weight. Except that it may not work that way. According to a new British study, the total number of calories, not meal frequency, is what counts. Women who ate two big meals a day burned the same amount of calories as women who ate five small meals. In other words, it’s the total amount of calories …

New Year’s Resolutions? How About Two Easy Ones

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2014? You don’t have any? Join the club. Turns out, according to a new CBS News poll, most Americans are giving up on making resolutions. Some 68 percent of Americans are skipping the annual tradition, and of those who do make resolutions, about half don’t keep them. It does depend on your age, however. Nearly half of those under 30 – those idealistic little darlings – still like to make resolutions, while those …

End the Year With These Fabulous Freebies

Some fabulous freebies to end the year with and ring in 2014: Free Video From Santa: Hurry! Time is running out to send the kids a personalized video from Santa via this website. If’ you’ve already sent out your Christmas cards, remember it for next year. Free 2014 Calendar: Click on the link for these free, downloadable calendars. You can customize them to meet your needs and track your schedule. Free Financial Planning Tools: Several websites like Mint, Bankrate and AARP offer free calculators …