I just returned from a fabulous, but jam-packed, four-day conference in San Diego and when I walked into the office this morning my exhaustion and jetlag showed. There’s only so much coffee could do.
Emotional connections to food are woven into the fabric of our social experience. Notice how often food is at the center of your celebrations: holiday office parties, baking holiday cookies with grandma, and sharing traditional meals with your family. Eating is a wonderful way to reminisce, nurture, and bond.Continue reading...
Some healthful foods have gotten bad reps they just can’t shake. Do you avoid peanut butter because you think it's super-fattening? Have you banned egg yolk because you're concerned about your heart health? Get the good truth about these and more “misunderstood” foods and why you should eat them—in moderation, of course.Continue reading...
If fruits and vegetables had a popularity contest in America, the winners would be carrots, tomatoes, strawberries and oranges. A new paper published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reveals Americans are getting a vast majority of their phytonutrients from this small group of fruits and veggies.Continue reading...
I never leave home without snacks in my bag. If an appetite emergency strikes, I’m ready. Of course, just because I have a snack doesn’t mean I need to eat it. Munching when you’re not really hungry can rack up lots of extra calories. But judicious use of the right snacks can boost your calorie burn (every time you eat, your metabolic rate increases slightly) and even help you blast fat. Here are three portable snack options packed with fat-burning ingredients:Continue reading...
The holidays are coming and for many, that can mean challenging situations that pose great risk on even the best healthy eating plan. On average, Americans gain about a pound at holiday time which may not seem like a lot but we usually don’t lose this pound. Long term, after ten years, you’ve put on a lot of extra weight. Short term, all the sugar, calories, sodium and fat that you’ve consumed during the holidays may make for an extra wrinkle and dull skin for the New Year. You CAN survive the holidays though with a few simple tactics. Here’s my top 10 list.Continue reading...
You’re in the snack aisle of the grocery store and as your hand is reaching for the Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies you remember your upcoming tropical vacation, your new bikini and the fact that your sister-in-law (whose baby weight “just fell right off”) will also be there. So instead your hand makes a swift move to the right and grabs the fat-free chocolate cookies instead.Continue reading...
You may have noticed more calorie counts listed when you eat out lately. Whether a sit-down restaurant has its own nutritional information booklet or a drive-thru lists calories next to combo meals, this newly available information is the result of new federal law. But how effective is this information overall?Continue reading...
Us calorie counters may be feeling a bit shy about entertaining during the holidays. Some don’t want to be seen as the food cop, and others simply aren’t excited about changing the traditional menu. Take heart. One of the best ways to control your intake during the holidays is to be the host.Continue reading...
I like to keep a stockpile of my favorite foods in my pantry so that when the mood strikes, I have what I’m craving. But it turns out that may not be a good idea for certain foods, because they actually lose their health punch over time, according to a report by Amy Paturel in EatingWell Magazine.Continue reading...
One of the more well known clichés that tie power to food is ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch a queen and dinner like a pauper.’ While the image of influential people and celebrities in America remains tied to being thin, there seems to be a disconnect at the dinner table. For some reason, many people still equate portion size with social status.Continue reading...
Mary Hartley RD, representing CalorieCount.com, answers the question, "Should I take apple cider vinegar?"Continue reading...
I’m a world champion at sleeping, but I know my diet is worse when I don’t get my regular eight to nine hours. I tend to reach for more food—especially carbs—to help wake me up. It never works and probably makes me feel less energized.
Our obsession with water is based in logic and sound science but, honestly, there's so many other ways to stay hydrated. Options for fluid replenishment even go beyond the glass because many foods can legitimately plus up your daily liquid requirement.Continue reading...
Studies mention shorter days and longer nights or physiological reactions to colder weather as contributors to weight gain during the holiday season, but another factor is in play. Anxiety over gatherings with friends and family, gift-giving, or end-of-year stressors could spell trouble for emotional eaters.Continue reading...
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