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September 21, 2010 - 11:27am

With two little kids in daycare, I’m going to do everything I can to keep myself—and indirectly, the little guys, too, I hope—from getting sick. I’ll be getting a flu shot, washing my hands, staying away from the “to-share” treats co-workers put out and doing my best to keep my distance from anyone who is coughing, sneezing or sniffling—or who has obvious green snot dripping from his nose. (Again, my kids are in daycare.)

Thanks to Emily Sohn, who, in the September/October 2010 issue of EatingWell, shares strategies to boost immunity naturally, I have three more stay-well tactics to try.


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September 16, 2010 - 11:06am

The other day while I was making zucchini bread, I cracked an egg and dumped it right down the drain. Total mistake. (With a baby who still wakes up multiple times a night, I’m still a little sleep deprived.) There was a time, however, when I intentionally washed egg yolks down the drain—and used only the whites—because I thought that egg yolks were bad for my heart. Joyce Hendley tackles this food myth and 12 others in the September/October issue of EatingWell Magazine.

Here are the details of why you should go ahead and eat the yolks, plus highlights of other food myths that just won’t die.

Myth 1: Eggs are bad for your heart.
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September 10, 2010 - 9:39am

At the end of a long day, after my kids are in bed, lunches are packed and the kitchen is as clean as it’s going to get, I like to eat ice cream. Often, this ritual happens at 10 p.m. You might be thinking: “What kind of nutrition expert promotes late-night emotional eating?” I say: one with expertise in weight management. Looking forward to my ice cream (measured into a half-cup container) keeps me from reaching for sweets earlier in the day. And the whole “eating after 6 p.m. makes you fat” thing just isn’t true. EatingWell Contributing Editor Joyce Hendley tackles this myth and others in a story in the September/October issue of EatingWell Magazine. Here are the...

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August 31, 2010 - 12:08pm

With a full-time job and two young boys (Julian, 2, and Kai, 4 months), I’ve basically abandoned nearly all domestic chores except one: preparing nutritious meals, especially our kids’ lunches. (I am a nutritionist, after all.)

Every night after Jules and Kai are finally in bed—around 8:30—my husband and I madly scramble to prepare lunches for the next day. We wash breast-pump parts, clean and refill bottles for Kai. For Julian’s lunch we peel and thinly slice carrots, halve grapes and stuff whole-wheat tortillas with low-fat cheese and chopped broccoli to make quesadillas. Find ideas for 20 more healthy kids’ lunches, including Pizza Roll-Up (pictured), here.

If this sounds like your night,...

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August 9, 2010 - 12:13pm

As a kid, I met the end of August with mixed emotions. I was bummed that summer vacation was ending. But I was psyched about my preseason gymnastics “clinics”—two weeks when I got to spend full days tumbling, mastering new tricks (and—ugh!—doing push-ups, pull-ups and other exercises included in our “conditioning” routine).

I still remember how much my teammates and I looked forward to our lunch breaks. (Try these healthy lunches for kids!) Having burned through our breakfasts, we were hungry. Now, as a nutritionist, I realize just how important it was that we refueled with nutritious foods that helped power us through our afternoon sessions.

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