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November 22, 2011 - 10:31am

It’s all too easy to overdo it at Thanksgiving. Even for the most health- and diet-conscious, a little bit of this and a small bite of that can add up quickly. (Find out what the best and worst Thanksgiving foods are here.)

Perhaps more depressing is that loading up on calories forces our body into overdrive as it tries to undo the damage done by the harmful free radicals produced as we digest food. (Free radicals attack cells and can promote the development of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.) And, of course, the more we eat the more free radicals we produce.

If you happen to overindulge, though, don’t beat yourself up about it: the best way to handle a slip-up is to get...

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November 18, 2011 - 11:47am

Turkey Day is around the corner and many of us are gearing up for a big Thanksgiving feast. As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I’m often asked about the healthiest and worst holiday foods. (Green Bean Casserole or Sweet Potato Casserole? Gravy or Cranberry Sauce? Find out the Best & Worst Thanksgiving Foods.)

Although I’m not into “judging” foods, it can be hard to ignore the nutritional differences between foods. Take turkey, for example.

Don’t Miss: 6 Healthy-Sounding Foods That Really Aren...

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November 17, 2011 - 11:08am

I’m lucky that I don’t (usually) have trouble falling—or staying—asleep. But there are definitely nights, sometimes even stretches of nights, where I don’t get enough sleep—and I’m not alone: an estimated 50-70 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control, don’t get enough sleep. (Get 3 simple tips to help you beat insomnia here.)

It’s then that I want to make every last minute of shut-eye count. And that means knowing what can actually help me sleep and what hinders sleep. Here are 6 sleep myths to ignore, as reported in EatingWell Magazine.

Myth: Falling asleep to the TV is OK.
The Truth:...

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November 7, 2011 - 11:56am

I’ll be honest—I love chocolate year-round. But with the mercury dipping, a cup of hot cocoa or bite of silky, rich dark chocolate seems that much more appealing.

Must-Try Recipes: Amazingly Good-for-You Chocolate Cakes, Truffles & More

Fortunately, as a registered dietitian and the associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine I have come across several health reasons to justify such an indulgence (in fact, chocolate is just one of 9 “Bad” Foods You Should Be Eating). Here’s a roundup of the latest health boons attributed to chocolate: 

1. It’s (almost) a diet food....

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November 1, 2011 - 11:38am

The holidays are just around the corner and although it’s supposed to be joyful, it can also be a stressful time for many people (myself included). As the associate nutrition editor at EatingWell Magazine and a registered dietitian, I know that when times get tough it can be tempting to let healthy habits slip. But luckily there are healthier ways to cope. In the November/December issue of EatingWell Magazine, writers Amy Paturel and Patricia Bannan report on 7 natural stress busters, including these 4 scents you can use to de-stress. (I love that there are foods that can help relax you just by sniffing them!) So next time you start feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and inhale one of these calming scents:

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