I’m a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, so you’d be right to assume I have a pretty healthy diet. But since I don’t believe in making any foods taboo, there are the occasional not-so-healthy indulgences. And when the seasons change, I always feel an urge to “healthify” my diet. The warmer spring weather inspires me to take a close look at my eating habits and simplify my diet by eating the things that really make my body feel best and limit foods that are not so good for me.
Here are 10 healthy eating habits I am focusing on right now to detox my diet this spring. I’m going to:
Eat and Drink Less of These:
Although several studies have shown that moderate amounts of alcohol (1 drink per day for...
Getting a great workout goes beyond the number of reps you do or the miles you log on the treadmill (though that does help too). In all the running road races I've trained for—from 5Ks to marathons—I know that what I put into my body before and after a race or a training run can either help or hinder my performance.
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Regardless of what type of exercise suits your fancy, here are some tips on what to eat before, during and after a workout, as previously reported on in EatingWell Magazine.
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Struggling to keep your weight in check? As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I know there are several diet-derailing habits that can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Find out if any of these are trumping your best efforts and learn how to get back on track.
1. Bad Habit to Break: Keeping Tempting Foods Around
It’s hard to resist temptation when it’s staring you in the face. When office workers were given candies in clear dishes to place on their desks, they helped themselves to candy 71 percent more often than a similar group that was given the same candy in opaque dishes so that the candy wasn’t visible, according to research by Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab in Ithaca, New York. “We...
While I do not eat bacon often, I happily enjoy it every once in a while with a stack of pancakes or in a Cobb salad. Unfortunately a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that eating red meat, including processed meats like bacon, can lead to increased risk of cancer and heart disease. Processed meats, in particular, were called out in the study for their high levels of saturated fat, sodium and nitrites.
While I won't be giving up bacon for good (sorry, Harvard), I will definitely be eating it smarter. Here are my tips for healthier ways to cook with bacon that won't...read full post »
It was egg salad that made me fall in love with hard-boiled eggs. Prior to that, I’d always seen those perfect ovals of white as a missed opportunity for an omelet. Sure, I loved dyeing Easter eggs, but eating them? No thanks.
When I finally tried an egg salad sandwich for the first time, I fell in love. The delicate texture of whites and creamy yolks mixed with mayo and served on dark, crusty bread is pure comfort. Now they’re a favorite for me: a deli-counter go-to and a day-after-Easter indulgence to look forward to.
Hard-Boil Your Eggs Right: 4 Secrets to Perfectly Boiled Eggs
Of course, traditional egg salad isn’t exactly the healthiest meal. Combining multiple eggs, salt and mayo on the...read full post »