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Brierley Wright's Blog

November 23, 2009 - 3:41pm

Let’s face it, during the holidays most of our eating rules—mine included—fall by the wayside as we’re enticed by delicious holiday drinks and beautiful food spreads at parties. (Find healthy, holiday cocktail and appetizer recipes here.)

But there’s one that I absolutely don’t give up: eating breakfast. Why? Well, most importantly, it gives me a much-needed energy boost for the rest of the day. (Holiday shopping takes a lot out of me!) Plus research shows that people who are most successful at losing weight eat breakfast every...

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November 4, 2009 - 11:01am

I don't know about you, but when I heard on the news that Kellogg's had slapped a claim on their Krispies cereal boxes that it "now helps support your child's IMMUNITY," I turned up the volume. Really? Boosting immunity with Cocoa Krispies and Frosted Krispies? Admittedly, I'm as freaked out about getting sick as the next person (hello cold and flu season and H1N1!), but what's in those boxes of cereal that will really help me? (Find 3 research-tested immunity-boosting superfoods here.)

Turns out Kellogg's upped the amounts of Vitamins A, C and E in the cereals from 10 percent of the recommended daily value to 25 percent. (Are you getting enough of the nutrients your body needs? Find out...

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November 3, 2009 - 11:41am

The thing about a diabetic diet that I don't think most people get is that you don't have to eat special foods or be excluded from what "everyone else" is eating (including dessert). In fact, the diet guidelines for people with diabetes are the same as those for all of us. For the most part, eating to manage diabetes means eating with your eyes open—knowing what's going into your body and when. So, truth be told, if you have diabetes, everyone else should be taking a cue from what's on your plate.

Here are 5 things we can all learn from a diabetic diet:

  1. No food is a magic bullet or forbidden fruit. It's all about moderation. Find healthy,...
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October 28, 2009 - 10:45am

I'm a big fan of fatty fish—salmon, tuna and, for the first time this past weekend, grilled sardines! Of course these fish taste delicious, but they also deliver a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids. (Get some of my favorite salmon recipes here: Salmon Burgers with Green Goddess Sauce, below, and Cashew Salmon with Apricot Couscous)

Why do I care about eating omega-3s? You've likely heard that they help keep arteries clear and hearts strong, and they've been linked with quite a few other health benefits: they strengthen the immune system and eyesight, improve mental health and boost brain power and even protect skin from UV damage. But perhaps the most intriguing to me these days is that...

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October 19, 2009 (All day)

Since we're not big juice drinkers in our house, OJ usually only makes its way into our fridge when guests come to visit. Even then, it still takes us a few weeks to polish off the carton. I never thought much about keeping the OJ for a few weeks. After all, it still tastes good—and we usually finish it before the expiration date. Then I read this study that showed opened OJ loses all antioxidant benefit after just one week! Seriously? Well, as you can imagine, this led me to wonder if other items in my kitchen lose their health punch over time. (Spoiler alert: they do!)

Keep track of how long you store these 4 items. Here's why: certain nutrients are unstable when exposed to oxygen (from the air), heat (from...

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