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August 26, 2009 - 10:58am

I just read a seriously startling study that’s going to change the way I eat. I read in the British Medical Journal that researchers found that reducing sodium intake slashed cardiovascular-disease risk by 25 to 30 percent. That’s a big deal! Most Americans consume more than twice the recommended daily sodium limit of 2,300 milligrams—the amount in just 1 teaspoon of table salt.

The New York City Health Department launched a program to encourage manufacturers to cut sodium in packaged foods in half—a plan that could save 150,000 lives nationwide, every year. You can launch your own campaign to cut back on sodium and do your heart good. Here are 5 easy ways to cut sodium from your diet:...

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August 11, 2009 - 11:22am

As a kid I used to spend my summer vacation at the beach soaking up the sun. These days, not so much—I’m way too worried about keeping my skin wrinkle-free. But my fiancé Andy’s job keeps him outside in the sun all day long. Not just in the summer, but all year round. Although he wears sunscreen, he’s kind of given up on trying to ward off wrinkles, but skin cancer? That’s scary stuff—and sunscreen can only do so much.

So to help protect our skin (especially his!) we’re adding more salmon and tuna to our diet. (Find delicious salmon recipes here.) The omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish like salmon and tuna can boost your skin’s defenses against UV damage, according to...

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August 5, 2009 - 11:00am
By Brierley Wright in EatingWell Blogs

For years I’ve toyed with the idea of going vegetarian—to better both my health and the environment. Right now my refrigerator is full of amazing summer produce, so my fiancé, Andy, and I eat meat-free meals a few days a week. But I’ve never gone completely meatless, even though I’d like to try. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when EatingWell launched this vegetarian meal plan—28 days of delicious meat-free meals, no planning necessary. It’s easy to use: just pick your calorie level and voilà!— breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack planned for nearly a month.

(If a month’s worth of easy, delicious meals isn’t enough of a reason to try eating vegetarian,...

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July 27, 2009 - 11:00am

A few weeks ago I blogged about how to add exercise to your day in unexpected ways to stay in tip-top shape. Well, that’s only one-half of the equation. “Calories in”—or what you eat—is equally important. Keep your body looking its best—inside and out—with these five foods.

1. Green beans

Filling up on green beans, and other high-fiber foods, can help you prevent weight gain or even promote weight loss—without dieting—suggests new research in The Journal of Nutrition. Researchers found that women who increased their fiber intake generally lost weight while women who decreased the fiber in their diets gained. The scientists boiled the findings into a single weight-loss...

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July 22, 2009 (All day)

If you’re like me, when you first start working toward a goal, such as weight loss, you're motivated. The pounds come off easily; you’re meticulous about exercising and watching what you eat. But, eventually, your rate of weight loss slows and then… stops. Don’t worry—this is not the beginning of the end! It’s the beginning of the second phase of your weight-loss journey.

Don't give up now! Try these secrets to kick-start your diet.

Fill up on less. Loading up on high-fiber foods like vegetables can help you feel full and prevent you from overdoing it on higher-calorie fare later. Satisfying...

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