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Diet's Blog (Page 36)

November 24, 2010 - 10:15am

First of all, let’s make one thing clear: I am not an exercise guru. When I told my editor I wanted to write this piece about 10-minute exercise ideas, she laughed and said, “YOU want to write about exercise?” She knows me all too well. I like to squeeze as many things into my day as possible, but for some reason, when it comes to exercise, I seem to have every excuse in the book for not doing it. The one that most easily slips off my tongue? “I don’t have time.” Am I the only one in this sedentary, time-starved boat? I don’t think so.

Now that it’s the busy holiday season, time is even more precious. Plus it’s harder for me to feel motivated when it’s cold and dark outside.

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November 23, 2010 - 11:30am

My motto—especially when it comes to nutrition—is moderation. There aren’t any “bad” foods in my opinion because, in moderation, there’s room for anything. I carry my motto to the Thanksgiving table, too—a little bit of this, a small bite of that. The problem is, there are so many choices and, inevitably, I end up overeating.

Related: Your day-after Thanksgiving detox plan (Psst! You get to have pumpkin pie.)
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November 22, 2010 - 1:31pm

New York City is serious about trying to reduce rates of obesity and the expensive and debilitating conditions for which obesity raises risks. Its latest move? It is asking the USDA for a food stamp waiver for two years during which recipients would not be allowed to use their benefit cards to buy sodas.

I hardly know where to begin on this one. I learned about this from the front page of this morning's read full post »

November 22, 2010 - 1:29pm

Nestlé, the world's largest food company (no relation) has conducted periodic studies of infant feeding practices since 2002, no doubt to encourage sales of its Gerber products. The surveys—FITS (Feeding Infants and Nutrition) Studies—invariably show that Gerber baby foods would be better for babies than what they currently are fed.

The latest FITS results, says the Nestlé press release, "are startling."

• One-third of toddlers and 50 percent of preschoolers eat fast food at least once a week.

• One-quarter of families eat dinner together four or fewer nights each week.

• Half of two-year-olds and 60 percent of three-year-olds watch more than one hour of television each day.

• 17 percent of two-year-olds...

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November 17, 2010 - 11:15am

I’m a big believer that Thanksgiving is not a day to diet. Once a year, you get to gather ’round the table with family and friends, count your blessings and eat delicious holiday dishes to your heart’s content. (Find healthier takes for your favorite classic Thanksgiving recipes that will save you 1,273 calories—and you'll never taste the difference.)

I’m not saying you should go nuts and have three servings of turkey, four different types of potatoes and two slices of pie with double the whipped cream. But I do think that you should definitely go ahead and eat a little of everything you like.

That said, as someone who has a master’s degree in nutrition with a...

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