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November 14, 2011 - 11:01am

We’re officially in full-force holiday mode now, which means plenty of opportunity for overindulging at festive celebrations. No need to get all Grinchy—or put such strict limits on your eating that you end up feeling deprived. Here’s how to enjoy yourself this party-packed season and still be able to fit into your pants when it’s all over.

Bring a healthy dish. If you’re really trying to rein it in and worried that there won’t be anything healthy at the party, bring a delicious lower-cal dish.  Good to know: 5 Tips for a Healthier Green Bean Casserole

Have a healthy snack before you go. You’ve heard...

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November 2, 2011 - 11:11am

I’m a big believer that Thanksgiving is not a day to diet. Once a year, you get to gather ’round the table with family and friends, count your blessings and eat delicious holiday dishes to your heart’s content.

I’m not saying you should go nuts and have three servings of turkey, four different types of potatoes and two slices of pie with double the whipped cream. But I do think that you should definitely go ahead and eat a little of everything you like.

That said, as someone who has a master’s degree in nutrition with a focus in weight management, I know that, when it comes to eating, you must keep the holiday behaviors to the actual holidays. It’s a slippery slope, my friends. In my book, the menu on “Black Friday” does not look like the one on Thanksgiving Thursday (only made in the microwave...

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October 24, 2011 - 11:10am

Say “fall” and “food” and the first things I think of are apples and squash—two foods that are most certainly in the arsenal of ingredients that help you to stay trim when the weather turns cool. Here’s why I love these slimming fall foods, plus three others you should be eating this season:

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Apples: I always have an apple stashed in my bag for an on-the-go snack. Low in calories and high in fiber (95 calories and 4 grams of fiber per...

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October 17, 2011 - 11:36am

It’s one thing to feel disappointed that you’re lugging around a few extra pounds when you know you’ve been a little lax with your eating or exercise. But religiously following diet rules and not making progress (or, worse yet, gaining weight) is infuriating and depressing. If you’re watching your weight and not getting any closer to your goal, look closely at the weight-loss principles you’re following. It could be that diet myths are causing you to pack on pounds. (And try this 7-Day Diet Meal Plan to Lose Weight.)

Myth #1: As long as you’re eating healthy foods, calories don’t matter.

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September 28, 2011 - 11:13am

Ah, fall—my favorite time of year, for sure, but one when it can be tricky to stay slim. The air is too cool for swimming (read: no more wearing no-hiding-a-thing swimsuits) and the still-longish days inspire food-fest get-togethers. Combine that with the security “blanket” of oversized sweaters and many of us end up putting on a few extra pounds. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, for many of us, fall inspires a desire for fresh starts, so channel that motivation into planning healthy meals and you’re good to go—EatingWell has several calorie-controlled plans that will help you lose up to 8 pounds this month.  Why do they work and what, in general, is the secret to losing weight? Well, since I helped develop them, I...

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