Want to cut back on meat and eat more healthy vegetarian foods? Join us for a 7-day meatless challenge. Decide what a reasonable goal is for you—do you want to replace one meat-focused meal with one meatless meal per week? Set aside a whole day to go meatless? Or do you want to try going veggie for the whole week? If you need some inspiration to take the challenge, consider this:
• A vegetarian diet may lower your risk of chronic conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. And—no surprise—people who cut meat from their diet tend to take in less saturated fat and cholesterol and get more fiber, vitamins C and E and heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Getting the recommended 6 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables is a cinch when you take meat out of the equation.
• Vegetarian diets are kinder to the planet...read full post »
Even though (or maybe because) I’m a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I think that healthy diets should leave room for indulgences. (Small treats won’t break your diet and may even help you stick to an overall healthy eating pattern.) That being said, I think there are plenty of tasty ways to substitute healthier ingredients for higher-calorie foods without feeling like you’re making a big sacrifice taste-wise. Here are some of my favorite swaps. Try them all and you can save 875 calories!
Related: 4 Habits of Skinny People
Swap: Some of the avocado in guacamole for zucchini
Save: 100 calories
The monounsaturated fats...
I’m a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, so you’d be right to assume I have a pretty healthy diet. But since I don’t believe in making any foods taboo, there are the occasional not-so-healthy indulgences. And when the seasons change, I always feel an urge to “healthify” my diet. The warmer spring weather inspires me to take a close look at my eating habits and simplify my diet by eating the things that really make my body feel best and limit foods that are not so good for me.
Here are 10 healthy eating habits I am focusing on right now to detox my diet this spring. I’m going to:
Eat and Drink Less of These:
Although several studies have shown that moderate amounts of alcohol (1 drink per day for...
Struggling to keep your weight in check? As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I know there are several diet-derailing habits that can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Find out if any of these are trumping your best efforts and learn how to get back on track.
1. Bad Habit to Break: Keeping Tempting Foods Around
It’s hard to resist temptation when it’s staring you in the face. When office workers were given candies in clear dishes to place on their desks, they helped themselves to candy 71 percent more often than a similar group that was given the same candy in opaque dishes so that the candy wasn’t visible, according to research by Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab in Ithaca, New York. “We...
As the afternoon rolls along (or drags on, depending on your take), the office candy bowl sees an uptick in traffic. But a new study shows that it’s not sugar, but protein that you should reach for to beat an afternoon slump.
The study, from the University of Cambridge in England and published in the November 2011 issue of Neuron, found that while glucose (sugar) blocks certain neurons that help you feel awake, the amino acids in protein prevent that from happening. So, if you eat some carbs at lunch, a protein-rich afternoon snack may keep you from feeling sleepy. And since protein helps keep you feeling full longer, that snack might tide you over better than a sugary one and keep you from snacking too much throughout the afternoon.
Here are some protein-rich afternoon snacks to try:
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