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August 30, 2012 - 11:36am

I’ve always thought the new year should start in September. Fall seems to bring with it a fresh start. And although I don’t want to rush the change of seasons (I love summer!), I am starting to feel inspired to shake up my routine and, um, get one. It’s all too easy to let healthy habits slide in the summertime (all that socializing can lead to some not-so-stellar food choices…hamburgers and ice cream have been in my diet more often than I’d like to admit). So if you’re itching to get into (or back into) a healthy routine, as I am, then here are some steps you can take right now:

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How to start your new healthy routine:

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August 21, 2012 - 9:18am

With so many factors to consider—health, environmental impact, cost, taste—choosing healthy foods can seem like a mission impossible. Enter the Good Food on a Tight Budget guide from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This brand new guide, which helps you buy the most budget-friendly, super-healthy eats, comes from the same group that brought us the Dirty Dozen (a compendium of the fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides).

Related: The Dirty Dozen Plus: 14 Foods You Should Buy Organic

To compile this budget guide, which you can find at ewg.org, the EWG analyzed over 1,000 foods, first ranking them for how nutritious they are and then screening them for cost. Foods that scored high marks were then further...

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August 16, 2012 - 1:30pm

Losing weight is about calories in versus calories out. To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn each day through exercise and general living. How much you need to eat each day varies based on your height, weight and activity level. (Find out how many calories you should be eating each day for weight loss by using this formula: [Your weight x 12] – 500 = Your daily calorie goal.) But most people will lose weight on a 1,200-calorie diet, which is also the lowest you really can go calorie-wise each day while still getting all the nutrients you need.

So what does a 1,200-calorie day look like?

Related:  What Does a 1,500-Calorie Diet Look Like?

Here’s a meal plan I created for EatingWell...

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August 10, 2012 - 9:12am

I had never heard of chia until a couple of years ago when a health-minded friend started crowing about her latest superfood. “It’s loaded with omega-3s; the Aztecs used to grow it,” she told me. Intrigued, I wanted to find out if chia truly did deserve the health hype. Here’s what I learned—as Ana Mantica and Amy Levin-Epstein have both reported on chia for EatingWell Magazine:

Must-Read: 10 Everyday “Superfoods” You Might Already Be Eating

What is chia?
If your first thought is “Chia Pets” you’re kind of right. Edible chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are a cousin of the seeds (Salvia columbariae) you once used to grow a crop of green hair atop your clay...

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August 1, 2012 - 10:37am

Shopping at a farmer’s market is a great way to support your local economy and stock up on the freshest seasonal produce. (Did you know that when fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak ripeness, they are most nutrient-packed?)

Related: 8 Summer Foods You Should Stock Up On

But when it comes to some of the food at the market, there’s debate whether it’s safe and should even be legal.

I’m talking about those hand-canned jars of pickles and other “value-added” foods that have been made in a home kitchen, rather than a commercial one. In many states, selling food that hasn’t been made in a commercial kitchen is illegal. It’s a food safety measure that’s a first step...

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