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April 29, 2009 - 4:36am

I know how important it is to stay hydrated and I try to sip water all day, but sometimes I fall behind. So I also try to eat foods, such as cucumbers or strawberries, that can contribute to my fluid intake, helping to prevent the headaches and sluggishness caused by dehydration. Another good reason to eat water? Research shows that eating foods that are full of water helps keep you satisfied on fewer calories. (Interestingly enough, drinking water alongside foods doesn’t have the same effect.) This includes soup, of course, and also juicy fruits and vegetables. These are four of my favorites:...

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April 16, 2009 - 4:36am

With the Boston marathon right around the corner on April 20, I’m even more inspired to stay on track with my training for the half-marathon I’m running in May. I’m organizing my time to help me fit in my mileage during the week and carving out a couple of hours on Saturday mornings for long runs. I’m also being extra careful about what I eat. I know that choosing the right foods to fuel my body will help me run my best and feel good doing it. Following these four eating tips helps energize my runs. Try them to power your workouts too!

Get the recipe: Egg & Salmon Sandwich

Eat plenty of healthy carbohydrates. If you’re active, and particularly if you’re training for a race or...

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April 8, 2009 - 4:36am

First it was tainted peanut butter. Now, we’re hearing that some pistachios may not be safe. On March 30, 2009, the FDA reported that pistachios from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., may be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause serious (sometimes fatal) infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems.

At the time of the FDA release, there wasn’t proof that tainted pistachios had made anyone sick; still, as a safety precaution, Setton recalled about a million pistachio products. The FDA told consumers to avoid eating pistachios and products containing them unless they could verify that the nuts did not come from Setton. (A searchable list of affected products is available on the FDA’s website...

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March 30, 2009 - 4:36am

When I’m feeling a little under the weather, nothing makes me feel better than a cup of tea, lightened with milk and sweetened with honey. I’ve always assumed this “cure” works because of some sort of placebo effect: drinking tea when you’re sick is supposed to make you feel better.

But many people would argue that it’s the honey in my tea that’s helping to get me healthy. To believe the theories about honey’s healing powers, I needed to see bona fide science supporting them. And when I dug into the research on honey’s health boons, I was happy to discover that while some may be too-good-to-be-true, others are just plain true. Here’s what I found:

Can honey help you lose weight? In a 2008 study in the Journal of Food Science, scientists reported that...

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March 26, 2009 - 10:36am

When I was younger, I believed (or wanted to believe) that fad diets might actually work. I thought that if I could just stick to a strict regimen for two or three weeks, I'd drop the weight. Then, I could go back to eating whatever I wanted. Silly me. Luckily, with age comes wisdom and now I know that staying slim and healthy requires a long-term plan.

To keep lost pounds from creeping back, you need to sustain the same healthy habits that helped you to lose it in the first place. Follow these five steps and stay thin for life!

Get the recipe: Catalan Sauté of Chicken with...

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