My husband, Jon, can be awake for hours before he wants to eat breakfast. (Coffee—now that’s another story.) I, on the other hand, want food first thing in the morning—and so does our 1 1/2-year-old son, Julian, who literally wakes up saying, “Juice! ’Nana! [banana].” We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (click here for healthy breakfast ideas) and, as a nutritionist, I believe that’s true. You’ve heard about the studies that show that kids who eat breakfast are able to focus better in school, right? Well, here’s another exciting boon of breakfast: research that shows people who are most successful at losing weight—and keeping it off—tend to eat...read full post »
For the past few weeks I’ve been challenging myself to eat 500-calorie dinners 5 nights a week from our new book EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners. I have a small confession to make: I haven’t been sticking to the menus...exactly. I have been keeping my dinners to 500 calories, but I’ve also been making a few substitutions here and there. Check out my menu for this week here.
I keep swapping in one thing over and over. No, it’s not wine. And it’s not ice cream. It’s one of my secret weapons for making this diet work for me. It’s ...read full post »
I was late for my plane over the holidays but that didn’t keep me from taking a few extra minutes to place my order. I was standing at the Dunkin’ Donuts counter in JFK, weighing two numbers: 2.16 and 510. Which one do you think was the number of calories in the muffin?
The first was the price of a muffin in dollars. The second, the cost of the muffin in calories. Could just seeing those two numbers propel me to count my calories in the same way I might count my pennies? (Find our top 5 picks for healthy foods at the airport.) According to the authors of the Health Care Reform Bill, the answer is yes — so much so that more than 200,000 fast food outlets (as well as...read full post »
I’m getting ready for Week 3 of my 500-calorie dinner challenge where I’m cooking 500-calorie dinners from new book, EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners, 5 nights a week for 5 weeks. The recipes I’ve been making for Week 2 have been going smoothly (and deliciously). I think my secret to success this week has again been planning ahead. (It’s one of the...read full post »
If you’re the kind of person who loves chocolate (or fill in the blank with your favorite treat), but bans it whenever you’re trying to lose weight, you might be making a big mistake. As a nutritionist who’s helped hundreds of people lose weight, I’ve noticed time and again that when people try to be “too good” they’re most likely to fall off the weight-loss wagon. Dieting isn’t about depriving yourself of everything you love—it’s just about eating fewer calories than you’re burning (calculate your daily calorie goal here)—a situation that can indeed be delicious. And a situation that most certainly can include dessert.
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