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November 22, 2011 - 10:31am

It’s all too easy to overdo it at Thanksgiving. Even for the most health- and diet-conscious, a little bit of this and a small bite of that can add up quickly. (Find out what the best and worst Thanksgiving foods are here.)

Perhaps more depressing is that loading up on calories forces our body into overdrive as it tries to undo the damage done by the harmful free radicals produced as we digest food. (Free radicals attack cells and can promote the development of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.) And, of course, the more we eat the more free radicals we produce.

If you happen to overindulge, though, don’t beat yourself up about it: the best way to handle a slip-up is to get...

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November 17, 2011 - 11:08am

I’m lucky that I don’t (usually) have trouble falling—or staying—asleep. But there are definitely nights, sometimes even stretches of nights, where I don’t get enough sleep—and I’m not alone: an estimated 50-70 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control, don’t get enough sleep. (Get 3 simple tips to help you beat insomnia here.)

It’s then that I want to make every last minute of shut-eye count. And that means knowing what can actually help me sleep and what hinders sleep. Here are 6 sleep myths to ignore, as reported in EatingWell Magazine.

Myth: Falling asleep to the TV is OK.
The Truth:...

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October 21, 2011 - 11:24am

Since I'm not a big milk drinker, yogurt is my preferred form of dairy. Eating yogurt is an easy, tasty way to get some much-needed calcium. Plus it delivers a healthy dose of protein and good-for-you probiotics. (Enjoy it in these Smoothie Recipes and More Healthy Breakfasts with Yogurt.)

But yogurt made from cow’s milk isn’t the only choice out there these days. On my recent trips to the supermarket, I’ve noticed more yogurts made from alternative “milks” (soy, rice, almonds, etc.). You may be wondering whether these options are a healthy choice? Here’s how yogurts made from alternative milks stack up nutritionally compared to yogurt made from cow’s milk.

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October 13, 2011 - 11:58am

It’s that time of year when any sniffle, cough or sneeze is noticed—and if it didn’t come from you, chances are you’re subtly putting a little space between you and whoever it came from.

There’s no better time than the present to talk about immune-boosting myths—from colds to allergies. (Interested in other myths? Here are 13 of the biggest food and nutrition myths busted.)

Read on so that you're not duped by these four myths about boosting your immunity, as we reported in EatingWell Magazine.

Myth: Vitamin C will ward off a cold.
It won’t. Vitamin C has long had a reputation for helping prevent colds and people often gulp megadoses when they...

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October 5, 2011 - 11:51am

Going gluten-free might not be as commonplace as going peanut-free—but you wouldn’t know it when you’re walking the grocery-store aisles. Gluten-free products are everywhere—and I’m sure that’s partly because these days ditching gluten appeals to more than just people with celiac disease.

Special Report on Celiac Disease: Should You Go Gluten-Free?
How to Eat Around 8 Top Food Allergies

But should you go gluten-free if you don’t have celiac disease? That was the topic of my column, “Ask...

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