Diet's Blog (Page 35)

March 21, 2011 - 11:35am

I’ve always considered myself “active”—I did track in high school and have danced most of my life. In the last decade I’ve run two marathons. I feel at home in a yoga studio. But even though I love to exercise, I’m not super-consistent with it, particularly now that I have two kids under the age of 3. I do yoga a couple times a year. I jog a few miles twice a week, tops. Recently, I went two months without exercising at all.

So when one of my EatingWell colleagues reported it takes exercising 40 minutes a day, 5 days a week, in your twenties and thirties to keep weight from creeping on in middle age, I felt even worse about my increasingly sedentary life. (...

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March 10, 2011 - 11:03am

If you’re like many women, I’m going to venture a guess that you fall off the healthy-eating bandwagon once every, say, 28 days, give or take a few. Am I right? You know what I mean. PMS cravings. Even my super-clean-eating friend told me, “I’m not big on food cravings, but that’s the only way I know that I’m PMS-ing.” Ain’t that the truth. As I write this blog, I’m working my way through a bowl of spicy baked cheese puffs and waiting for Aunt Flo’s monthly visit.

So what’s a girl to do when she wants to “be good,” but every hormone and emotion in her body is screaming, “BE BAD! BE VERY BAD! EAT THAT!”?

I started off by asking my favorite gal pals what they craved most when they’re PMS-ing. Although a...

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March 9, 2011 - 11:31am

I’m a huge fan of coffee: I love the taste, I relish the ritual and I certainly don’t mind the mental clarity that comes after drinking that first cup. I’ve always known that I’m just one of many people who has an affinity for (or an addiction to, some might argue) “joe”—but I had no idea how much coffee we all drink.

As Joyce Hendley points out in her fascinating story on the health benefits and cons of coffee in the March/April issue of EatingWell Magazine, Americans sip—or guzzle—about 400 million cups of the stuff every day. About half of all American adults contribute to that total and our average intake is about 3 cups of coffee a day....

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February 22, 2011 - 11:46am

I’ve had a few recent run-ins with dark-chocolate M&Ms. Here’s what happens: I’ll grab a few of the candies then sit down at my computer to meet a writing deadline. Type a few words, then walk back the cabinet for more M&Ms. Two sentences. Three M&Ms. The more difficult the subject matter, the less I’m able to focus on writing and the more overwhelming is the pull of the M&Ms.

In the March/April issue of EatingWell, science writer Rachael Moeller Gorman tackles the topic of food addiction—the idea that food can overtake the same brain circuits involved in drug and alcohol addictions. Could I be addicted to chocolate? I could be: people who chronically crave food aren’t so...

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February 8, 2011 - 3:41pm
By Kerri-Ann Jennings in EatingWell Blogs

A lot of new members have joined LosingWell in the past few weeks--welcome! Since the new year, we've been encouraging people to try out the EatingWell Diet Challenge, a 12-week program on our site that blends the clinically-tested weight-loss principles of the EatingWell Diet with delicious recipes and helpful tools. You can start the challenge at any time! Just refer back to the Week 1 post for discussion questions that correspond with that week's diet tip. To see all the discussion questions that have been posted, go to the...

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