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February 17, 2016 - 9:15am

As a registered dietitian, I'm asked for plenty of advice on how people should be eating. But people often seem curious about what I eat in a day too. So I set out to photograph my meals on a typical weekday. I eat my fair share of vegetables and drink plenty of water, but I'm constantly trying to keep my sweet tooth in check (only sometimes successfully).

Here's everything I ate on a random day in February. And if you're looking for advice on what you should eat, I highly recommend checking out our meal plans.

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February 3, 2016 - 9:07am

If stressing out makes you reach for a brownie here's a strategy to try to beat your food cravings: walk them off. It may seem like a silly strategy when your stomach seems to be demanding all the chocolate (and now!) but science shows it really works.

In a 2015 study in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers asked overweight adults either to walk briskly on the treadmill for 15 minutes or to sit quietly. Everyone then completed a stressful task and unwrapped sugary treats—two known craving triggers. Those who hoofed it had less of a desire to chow down compared to their sedentary peers, likely because exercise helps regulate food urges that aren't related to physical hunger, such as stress eating. Count it as another reason to move every day.

So next time a food craving hits—especially if it's stress related—take a stroll outside. When you...

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January 12, 2016 - 9:18am

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have a pretty strict diet according to this interview with their private chef on Boston.com. It’s not a huge surprise given that keeping their bodies in tiptop health is incredibly important for their respective careers. We’re totally on board with their mostly plant-based eating habits (lots of produce and whole grains) and their focus on quality proteins like wild salmon and grass-fed organic steak.

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But, there are a lot of...

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January 11, 2016 - 12:02pm

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2016, released earlier this month, ranked 38 diet plans. But the No. 1 diet may surprise you. The “Best Diets Overall” winner (for the sixth year in a row): the DASH diet.

Pictured Recipe: Corn & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

The DASH diet—or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—was developed to combat high blood pressure (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure). So it certainly doesn’t fall into the realm of trendy diets like Paleo or the Alkaline Diet. To earn a spot on the “Best Diets” list, the diet plan has to help with weight loss and diabetes (research shows the DASH diet does)—as well as be easy to follow and nutritious (check and check). Their panel of...

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January 6, 2016 - 10:50am

I’ve always been a breakfast eater. It gives me a much-needed energy boost—along with a cup of coffee, of course—and it helps me from being so famished at lunch that I end up overeating. Download a FREE Quick Breakfast Cookbook!

Related: Do I Need to Eat Breakfast Even If I’m Not Hungry?

But eating a morning meal is also a healthy habit if you’re watching your weight. Here’s why: research shows that regular breakfast eaters tend to be leaner and dieters are more successful at losing weight—and keeping it off—when they eat breakfast. What’s more, people who typically eat...

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