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February 13, 2009 - 3:36am

I’m a big believer that, most of time, teaming up to get something done is more fun and more effective than going it alone. Take, for example, shoveling snow or painting a room. When you do it solo, these are chores. But throw another person (or two… or a few) into the mix and you’ve got yourself a “party.” And when you work as a crew, you’re able to reap the rewards of your hard work (cocoa, or pizza!) faster.

This is also true when you’re trying to eat better or to get in shape. Running with a friend motivates me to jog further—and faster. It always helps, too, to be on the same page when it comes to sharing meals: it’s tough to stick with a salad when others at the table are loading up on big dishes of pasta smothered in cream...

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February 11, 2009 - 3:36am

Few things are sexier than being healthy. These 5 red foods—which are packed with antioxidants and vitamins—will help keep you and your sweetie going strong on Valentine’s Day and all year long.

Discover 5 red foods to eat for your health.

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February 9, 2009 - 3:36am

Special occasions like Valentine’s Day can be tough on dieters, but there are plenty of healthy Valentine’s Day treats that won’t break the calorie bank (or your diet). Check out these delicious ideas that won’t leave you, or your sweetie, feeling deprived:

• Take the traditional approach of offering your significant other rich and delicious chocolate confections. Dark chocolate contains heart-healthy antioxidants and, savored in small doses, absolutely fits into a weight-friendly diet. A tasty (but trim) option: chocolate fondue. Or make the gift an even bigger show of your love by taking the time to find yummy and...

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February 3, 2009 - 3:36am

I want to (and know I should) exercise more. I actually like to run—but I often go long stretches (weeks!) without running. I find all kinds of excuses to skip exercise: the baby didn’t sleep well, I’m too busy at work to break at lunch, I’m too hungry at dinner to run first. You know what I mean, life stuff.

When I get into these ruts, I try to remind myself that even President Obama makes time to exercise. But that sort of reasoning doesn’t really get me out the door on a run.

What does work for me? These are my 4 tricks to get myself to exercise more:

  • Rewards—such as a hazelnut nonfat latte from my favorite coffee shop as a post-run treat—help...
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February 2, 2009 - 3:36am

My biggest diet downfall is tortilla chips. The problem isn’t so much that chips are unhealthy, it’s that I don’t stop at one serving. Or two. For a time, I tried to keep the chips out of the house but that wasn’t really fair to my husband, Jon. Plus, I missed them.

So I figured out that I could enjoy my chips without going overboard by pairing them with yummy, low-cal Chile Con Queso. It may seem counterintuitive that eating more would help me to eat less. But it works for me—and here’s why: Grabbing a couple of chips on the fly always results in eating a few more chips… until I’ve eaten three or four times what I should. But my chip-and-dip combo is a legitimate “snack.” I measure out a portion of the dip—a quarter cup, which has only 84 calories—and count out one serving of chips....

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