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December 4, 2009 - 12:58pm

I live by the “everything in moderation” mantra, but something about the holidays makes me want to throw that out the window. It’s all those cookies—they’re my downfall!

I love holiday cookies so much that a few years ago, I invited some girlfriends over for a holiday cookie exchange and asked everyone to bring a platter of cookies to share. Not to be outdone, each guest showed up with a stunning platter of prize-worthy holiday cookies.

The cookie swap was so successful that I decided to make it an annual event. Now I’m always on the lookout for an amazing...

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December 3, 2009 - 10:26am

With Christmas just a few weeks away and lots of parties on the calendar, I need to do something RIGHT NOW to keep my calories in check so I don’t have to spend the beginning of the new year on a treadmill 24/7. I’m not going to starve myself, but I am going to work some quick and easy low-calorie dinners into my menu to help combat holiday weight gain.

These main-course recipes for 350 calories or less, and the low-cal sides dishes I’ve suggested for a complete meal, are going to allow me to enjoy good meals during the holiday season and hopefully leave some room for Christmas treats. Fill your dinner plate with one tonight!

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December 2, 2009 - 11:05pm

It feels like eating, or making choices about what to eat, is getting harder. Since I started reading books like Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma (read our interview with him here) and watching movies like Food, Inc. (just released on DVD) that explore how our food system works from farms to our tables, I have a lot more to think about than just taste. Now before I take a bite, I consider where the food was grown and if the farmer used pesticides or hormones, among other concerns.

Recently I’ve started to worry about food safety too. Just this week I read a...

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December 1, 2009 - 10:50am

My husband and I are fairly active people, but we’re always looking for more ways to shed a few pounds. (Who isn’t, right?) So when I read that adding more fiber to your diet can help you lose weight, I started to think about where I could sneak in some extra fiber during the day.

We already get a decent amount of fiber at breakfast and dinner, so lunch seemed like a good experiment. Especially when I realized I could turn some leftover dinner ingredients into high-fiber lunches.

Here are 4 easy ideas:

• One of my favorite quick lunch solutions is to make a big pot of soup over the...

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November 30, 2009 - 11:06am

Feeling hot, hot, hot? When menopause is the cause, who wouldn’t be up for trying a natural remedy to cool down?

Research suggests that lignans, estrogen-like compounds in flaxseeds, may help relieve hot flashes. Boost your flaxseed intake with these 8 yummy recipes, including the Essential EatingWell Chocolate Bundt Cake.

In one study, women consumed four tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily—two in the morning, two at night. (Are store-bought pre-ground flaxseeds as nutritionally effective as buying whole seeds and grinding them yourself? Find out here.)

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