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Kerri Ann Jennings's Blog (Page 26)

June 16, 2011 - 12:03pm

Back when my parents were young, “salad” referred to any food bound together with some mayonnaise and maybe some chopped celery (think ham salad, apple salad, carrot salad). Nowadays, salad for me is more likely to feature vegetables, and mayonnaise is not the dressing of choice. But there are two exceptions—pasta salad and potato salad. Since typical versions of these dishes follow the basic equation of starch plus mayo, you can bet that both are high in calories…but which is worse and which is the better option? I did some research and found out.

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June 14, 2011 - 1:29pm

When we wrote about 4 of the healthiest nuts to eat in a recent issue of EatingWell Magazine, some of you wanted to know why we left peanuts off the list. Our number one reason? They're technically a legume, not a nut. Despite that distinction, they do share a lot of properties with other nuts—they deliver heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, vitamin E and zinc, for instance. Still, we wondered whether they bestow some of the same health benefits as tree nuts (such as almonds and walnuts) and we also wanted to know about peanut allergies. So I visited with the Peanut Institute and spoke with a number of scientists and found out some surprising new things about these "nuts."

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June 13, 2011 - 11:52am

I think it's a striking statistic: by 2020, 1 out of every 2 Americans could have diabetes or prediabetes (blood sugar that's elevated, but not yet at the levels seen in diabetes). But in my opinion-as a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine—there's good news: lifestyle can play a big role in managing diabetes and keeping it at bay. Which is why I've compiled these 5 tips for managing blood sugar. (Of course, you should always consult your health-care practitioner when making lifestyle changes related to a medical condition.) But you don't have to have diabetes to follow these guidelines-they're the same health tips I would share with most people.

Tip #1: Lose Weight
Extra fat can make your body resistant to the action of insulin. Losing weight improves insulin's activity, which...

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June 1, 2011 - 11:53am

I love reading diet plans. The idea of having meals mapped out for me is so appealing, even though in reality I’m more of a “wing it” type who’s better off having a variety of healthy foods around to choose from. As a registered dietitian, I know that when you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to find the diet strategies that actually work with your personality rather than against it—completely eliminating your favorite food or planning to cook 3 meals a day when you hate to cook, for instance, could set you up for failure. At EatingWell Magazine (where I’m the associate nutrition editor), we’ve homed in on 4 diet “plans” that can work for different personalities.


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May 31, 2011 - 11:10am
By Kerri-Ann Jennings in EatingWell Blogs

The weather's heating up and it's time to look and feel your best for summer. That's why we've created the Slim Down for Summer Challenge. On this page find everything you need to take the challenge, including our 28-day diet meal plan, delicious low-cal recipes and support from EatingWell editors and other people taking the challenge. By cutting up 1,000 calories a day through a healthy diet and exercise, you could lose up to 2 pounds each week! (Just make sure you keep your calorie intake about 1,200 calories.)

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