Nicci Micco's Blog (Page 6)

April 20, 2011 - 11:19am

When it comes to making cleaner, greener food choices, most concerned consumers take care to choose the most “natural” meats. But that’s often easier said than done. Marketing claims on meat and poultry labels are some of the most confusing around and may not mean what you think they do.

More to Help You Make Healthy Choices:
Find Out What 4 Common Terms on Meat and Poultry Labels Mean Here
Fish & Shellfish: 6 of the Healthiest to Eat, 6 to Avoid

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April 6, 2011 - 4:22pm

I recently wrote about my compulsive dark-chocolate M&M eating and mentioned the fascinating story about food addiction that science journalist Rachael Moeller Gorman wrote for the April issue of EatingWell Magazine. In a nutshell: People who chronically crave food aren’t so different from those who suffer drug and alcohol addictions. This week, I read another new study—in the Archives of General Psychiatry—that backs the notion that, for some people, cookies and other particularly delicious foods might stimulate the brain in ways similar to cocaine. In this study, researchers at Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity asked 48 women to take a quiz that measured their “food addiction.”...

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March 29, 2011 - 11:39am

In the March/April issue of EatingWell Magazine we reported on a recent study that showed playing solitaire (on the computer) dampened people’s memories of lunch, which, in turn, may have caused them to eat 125 calories more when they snacked later. My first thought: Well, good thing I don’t play solitaire. Or Scrabble. Or Angry Birds. (What is that anyway?)

Then it occurred to me: I dine deskside pretty much every day. While I eat, I read tweets, catch up on e-mails, flip through a magazine. For me, all of this is work-related. Or at least that’s what I tell myself.

As a weight-loss expert, I know that multitasking at mealtime is not ideal: it’d be better to eat mindfully, savoring every bite. (...

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March 23, 2011 - 11:20am

“Everything in moderation” has long been my eating motto. As a weight-loss expert, I know small treats often help people stick to an overall healthy eating style. And the philosophy has always worked well for me. Until recently. For whatever reason (I’m blaming stress), my “moderate” treats, lately, have morphed into... more. Example: I’ll dish out a half cup of ice cream, then decide I need another quarter cup. Ten minutes later, I’ll revisit the freezer for just one more spoonful, which turns into another and another... (Find Tips to Regain Control Over Your Eating.)

I’m not normally one to ban “bad” foods, but I...

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March 21, 2011 - 11:35am

I’ve always considered myself “active”—I did track in high school and have danced most of my life. In the last decade I’ve run two marathons. I feel at home in a yoga studio. But even though I love to exercise, I’m not super-consistent with it, particularly now that I have two kids under the age of 3. I do yoga a couple times a year. I jog a few miles twice a week, tops. Recently, I went two months without exercising at all.

So when one of my EatingWell colleagues reported it takes exercising 40 minutes a day, 5 days a week, in your twenties and thirties to keep weight from creeping on in middle age, I felt even worse about my increasingly sedentary life. (...

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