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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog

February 18, 2010 - 11:47am

My husband and I spent 10 days in Italy this past fall. And even though I felt like we were constantly eating and drinking, neither of us gained any weight and we both felt great. That’s because we were living the Mediterranean lifestyle to its fullest extent—we were doing plenty of walking, we were eating a variety of healthy, whole foods and delicious Mediterranean meals—in reasonable portions, of course—and we weren’t stressed out!

Since the Mediterranean diet is good for your heart, we decided to weave some of those principles into our everyday lives at...

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February 16, 2010 - 11:16am

My husband and I are members of a year-round CSA (community-supported agriculture, with shares for members). In Vermont. That might leave you scratching your head, wondering what the heck we’re getting from a farm in Vermont in the middle of winter, but it’s a pretty sweet deal. The farmers store a lot of root vegetables and winter squash, plus they put up lots of goodies in the summer for the winter share. Just last week we got homemade pesto and frozen tomatoes—a little taste of summer on a cold winter day!

Even though we do our best to eat locally, we do supplement what we eat—...

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January 27, 2010 - 10:54am

If you read my blogs regularly, you may remember that my husband has high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. (He was diagnosed when he was in his early twenties.)

But there are things we can—and should—do, even at a young age, to prevent heart disease later in life. For Dan and me it means doing our best to control his high blood pressure now, through what we eat, among other things, so it won’t lead to more serious heart problems down the road. (For more information on keeping your heart as healthy as it can be, including...

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January 25, 2010 - 1:19pm

I wasn’t a big fish eater until my mid-20s. My mom always cooked dinner but hated fish, so it was never on our menu when I was a kid. As I got older, I started to sample friends’ fish dishes when we were out to eat and occasionally bought a piece of fish to cook at home. I quickly became a fan.

While I’ve fallen in love with all sorts of fish over the years, one thing my pantry is never without is canned salmon. Why? Well it’s a super-convenient source of protein, and has four times the amount of heart-healthy omega-3s as a serving of canned tuna. Those omega-3s may help save your...

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January 5, 2010 - 10:35am

My BFF Jessica e-mailed me yesterday: she and her husband are trying to lose weight. To make their resolution a reality, Jessica decided she’s going to change what she makes for dinner, so she asked me for quick, healthy dinner recipes they can learn to make this year to eat healthier.

Well, let me tell you, picking just 5 quick dinner recipes is hard for me because I really love our recipes. So I picked recipes that will teach Jessica and her husband a few healthy cooking techniques that they can use to make other meals—like searing a chicken breast—or are super-flexible so she can tweak the recipe using what she has in her kitchen. These 5 recipes represent some of the essential basics of cooking—recipes (and...

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