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March 9, 2011 - 11:31am

I’m a huge fan of coffee: I love the taste, I relish the ritual and I certainly don’t mind the mental clarity that comes after drinking that first cup. I’ve always known that I’m just one of many people who has an affinity for (or an addiction to, some might argue) “joe”—but I had no idea how much coffee we all drink.

As Joyce Hendley points out in her fascinating story on the health benefits and cons of coffee in the March/April issue of EatingWell Magazine, Americans sip—or guzzle—about 400 million cups of the stuff every day. About half of all American adults contribute to that total and our average intake is about 3 cups of coffee a day....

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February 22, 2011 - 11:46am

I’ve had a few recent run-ins with dark-chocolate M&Ms. Here’s what happens: I’ll grab a few of the candies then sit down at my computer to meet a writing deadline. Type a few words, then walk back the cabinet for more M&Ms. Two sentences. Three M&Ms. The more difficult the subject matter, the less I’m able to focus on writing and the more overwhelming is the pull of the M&Ms.

In the March/April issue of EatingWell, science writer Rachael Moeller Gorman tackles the topic of food addiction—the idea that food can overtake the same brain circuits involved in drug and alcohol addictions. Could I be addicted to chocolate? I could be: people who chronically crave food aren’t so...

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January 28, 2011 - 11:55am

The Super Bowl is almost here—and I couldn’t be any more excited to suit up in black and gold and wave my Terrible Towel for the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Woot! Woot!) Obviously these guys do everything they can to edge out their competitors—for this game, the Green Bay Packers.

Must-Have Eats: Try these Super Bowl favorites made healthier, including Beef & Bean Chile Verde (pictured above).

This includes eating healthy high-octane diets. Leslie Bonci, R.D., the Steelers’ nutritionist, makes sure that the players’ diets keep them at their best, on and off the field. Last year, I...

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January 26, 2011 - 11:25am

So. You’re trying to lose weight... join the club. (No, seriously—find weight-loss support among more than 120 other people in EatingWell’s Losing Well online community group.) Wouldn’t it be great if you could just turn a knob and rev up your metabolism, your calorie burn, just like that? (Imagine me snapping my fingers here.) Well... we all hear about diet and exercise strategies that supposedly do just that. But do they work? Yes—and no. Read on for the skinny on strategies to outsmart your metabolism.

You can boost your burn by... Spicing things up....

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January 19, 2011 - 10:57am

Yes, of course you’d like to lose weight. But you’re busy. And you’re tired. And you’ve got a whole houseload of people (throw a few pets in there too) relying on you for, well, everything. You’re sick of salads. You forget to go to the grocery store. Blah, blah, blah. Yes, life is too short—to not take charge of your health today. (Get support to shed those pounds in EatingWell’s Losing Well Diet Community.) Ditch your diet excuses. We’ll help you.

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