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Michelle Edelbaum's Blog

February 16, 2010 - 12:33pm

I love watching the winter Olympics. It’s so exciting to watch the world’s top athletes defy gravity, speed and the normal boundaries of human strength. As I watch the games and munch on my popcorn, I often wonder what Olympic athletes eat before and after their workouts. Power bars, peanut butter and jelly, eggs and toast? What do they put in their bodies to fuel their wins? (And although I’m already incorporating some proven natural fuel foods into my workouts, I think maybe I could get more healthy ideas on pre- and post-workout foods from these pros.)

I recently had the opportunity...

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February 11, 2010 - 11:50am

We’re finally getting a little snow here in Vermont, but it’s nothing like the dumping the mid-Atlantic states have been getting (and will continue to see, according to the latest news reports). I have family in Virginia, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania and while the snow is hitting them hard and keeping them home from work, they’re hitting the kitchen to cook some warming winter meals during their extra time stuck in the house.

Like so many people who are snowbound and in the kitchen, members of my family have been making comfort foods like spaghetti with homemade pasta sauce and cookies. (And calling me for recipe tips for EatingWell’s...

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February 5, 2010 - 11:49am

I’m not sure why it took me so long to catch onto the slow-cooker phenomenon. Now that I have one I know it’s a busy mom’s lifesaver! (Click here to find out which slow cooker the EatingWell Test Kitchen cooks recommend.)

My husband and I both work and when we get home at night we want to spend time with our son. But we still need to eat dinner and we want it to be healthy. My new slow cooker is solving all these problems for me (and more!).

Here’s how it works for me:

• Before I leave for work in the morning I load up the slow cooker with the ingredients in the recipe. (Confession: I look for recipes that require little to no work, like minimal chopping and browning.)
• When I...

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January 21, 2010 - 11:51am

When it comes to my health, and the health of my family, I like to play it safe. Recent news confirms that I’ve been doing the right thing by limiting my family’s exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA), an estrogen-like chemical used in polycarbonate plastics. BPA is used to make some reusable water bottles, clear plastic food-storage containers and some baby bottles; it’s also in the linings of some food and drink cans, and other things, such as dental sealants. Studies have linked BPA to the development of precancerous lesions and abnormal development of reproductive systems in animals.(Concerned about pesticides too? Find a list of 12 fruits and vegetables you should consider buying organic.)...

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January 15, 2010 - 1:27pm

Is sugar just sugar, even if it's high-fructose corn syrup? I thought the answer was no, that high-fructose corn syrup is worse than regular sugar or honey or even plain corn syrup and I should avoid it. And let's not even get into sugar substitutes.

But last night I was watching TV and saw a commercial from the Corn Refiners Association saying that high-fructose corn syrup is no worse for me than regular sugar. (See the commercials for yourself at sweetsurprise.com.) Could it be true?

I asked one of EatingWell's nutrition experts to help me sort out fact from hype. ...

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