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Brierley Wright's Blog

September 28, 2009 - 11:37am

At a few years shy of 30, I’m far from the age when the majority of breast cancer cases occur (50+). And then there are the factors that increase my risk of breast cancer that I can’t control, like family history, getting older and, um, the obvious…being a woman.

So why bother trying to prevent breast cancer? For one, second to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer women face. Fortunately, there are lifestyle changes I can make now, including making better choices about what I eat and drink, to tip the odds in my favor in the years ahead.

Here’s what I’m going to do:

1. Stay lean, move more
One of the most important ways...

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September 24, 2009 - 11:17am

My wedding is a mere 6 weeks away. And with my final dress fitting just around the corner I’m focused on not gaining—or losing—any weight. I’m on track weight-wise (now, if my arms could just look like Michelle Obama’s…), but lately my sweet tooth has been getting the better of me. So to satisfy my dessert cravings, but not go overboard, I’ve been whipping up some of these low-calorie dessert recipes—that way I only have to cut back a little bit at one of my other meals.

If you’re like me and trying to maintain your weight—or maybe even drop a few pounds—don’t feel like you need to banish dessert altogether. Indulge guiltlessly with these 100-calorie (or less!) desserts...

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September 17, 2009 - 10:40am

Most of the “water cooler conversation” around our office this time of year is about back to school. (Check out the recipes and tips in our new Back to School Guide!)

I’m sure this comes as no surprise because we work at EatingWell, but most of the focus has been on what to pack kids for lunch. You might find it refreshing to know that we too struggle with what to feed our kids.

So we were inspired to pull together this kids menu, highlighting some of the best foods for fueling young brains. Make sure your child’s lunchbox has these 3 foods to help your kids (and you...

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September 4, 2009 - 11:15am

I was at the coffee machine yesterday when my co-worker Carolyn asked me about the new sugar recommendation from the American Heart Association. Co-authored by EatingWell nutrition advisor Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., the recommendation says to reduce our intake of added sugars to help your heart and waistline. (Learn more about the difference between added sugar and natural sugar here.)

As we talked, I doctored my coffee: first some milk, then sugar….wait, should I even add sugar to my coffee?

Carolyn was thinking the same thing—she adds sugar to her coffee, and there’s already so much sugar in soda and many packaged foods. We aren’t the only ones eating too...

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September 3, 2009 - 11:33am

I don’t always pour myself a glass of wine with dinner. Frankly, there are days when I’d rather “spend” those extra calories on a larger dinner portion or dessert. After all, a 5-ounce glass of wine has about 120 calories, a 12-ounce beer has 150 and mixed drinks like pina coladas or margaritas can boast 300+ calories. (Check out these 3 cocktails: they won’t bust your diet!)

But what I often forget is that when it comes to drinks, it’s not just about the calories. There are health reasons to drink—or not—too. You’ve probably already heard the good news (alcohol might boost your good “HDL” cholesterol)—as well as the bad (alcohol could also elevate your blood pressure). And now,...

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