Robin McGraw joins The Doctors to spread holiday cheer and share tips for a safe and healthy holiday season!
She compiles her favorite Christmas traditions, memories, recipes and more in her new book, Christmas in My Home and Heart.
"I'm really big on tradition," Robin says. "I like to start early and carry it over every year."
One of Robin's gift-giving traditions is to buy her eldest son, Jay, executive producer of The Doctors, a train car to add to the train set she bought him when he was born.
"I would like to do something a little extra this year," Robin says. "We found out that we're going to have a granddaughter, or I guess I should say that he's going to have a daughter."
She presents her son with a pink train car with "It's a girl!" emblazoned across the side to add to his collection.
Giving is Good Medicine
Eighteen years ago, Morrill Worcester founded Wreaths Across America, a program that donates wreaths to be placed on the tombstones of fallen soldiers.
"That's just an example of the things that people do to give during this holiday season," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "The act of giving is important."
"It's really, to me, the true meaning of Christmas, when you can give to those who are in need or just give to someone else," Robin says.
Baking from the Heart
Robin and her daughter-in-law, Erica, like to bake gifts from the heart.
"Even if I don't have a lot of money to spend on something, I will bake something from the heart," Erica says. "One, two, three cups of love, I always call it."
Erica and her sisters, Nicole and Jaclyn, turned their passion for baking into a full-fledged business when they founded Triplet's Gourmet and are proud that their creations tickle taste buds around the world!
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Holiday Safety Measures
Choking hazards and toxic chemicals like lead can be found where you least expect them. The Doctors offer advice on how to evaluate potential hazards in your home.
If you have questions or concerns, or if you're not sure about a possible danger, contact the Poison Control Hotline, staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-222-1222.
Naughty or Nice Noshes
When it comes to the holidays and food, it's easy to overindulge. Find out which goodies are naughty or nice for your waistline.
Beware of foods loaded with butter and cheese. Steamed broccoli is healthy and low in fat, but when smothered in cheese and butter, it can pack an additional 215 calories and 16 grams of fat in just one cup!
Leafy greens and salads seem like a healthy choice, but when loaded with high-fat, high-cholesterol cheeses and dressing, such as a Cobb salad, these verdant concoctions contain more than 1,000 calories and 71 grams of fat!
Saturated fats and fried foods are guaranteed to ratchet up the calorie count. Opt for baked options, rather than fried and reach for lean meats such as white turkey.