I usually consider myself pretty rugged when it comes to the cold—but we could all use a little taste of sunshine in the dreary midwinter. So after a very Vermont winter wedding in January, my husband, Colin, and I decided to honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii. It was a dream get-away, so much so that the minute we stepped off the plane back in Vermont and felt the frigid 10˚ air, we both looked at each other and thought, “I want my Hawaiian honeymoon back!”
With all the fresh fruit, veggies and seafood available, it was easy to eat healthfully—and deliciously—while we were there. Being a big “fruitie,” my favorite meal was the sweet island fruits like Hawaiian pineapple and papaya that I...read full post »
Recently, a friend who was eating with me appeared shocked as I spread full-fat natural peanut butter on my whole-wheat toast. Isn’t peanut butter super-fattening, she asked? It’s high in fat but that doesn’t mean it’s fattening, I told her, noting that gaining or losing weight, and body fat, basically comes down to balancing calories. Knowing my master’s work focused on weight loss, she took my word on this. (Find easy, quick and delicious 500-Calorie Dinners to help you lose.)
That said, peanut butter is a concentrated source of calories, so you don’t want to go overboard. But you don’t need to eat tons of the stuff to feel satisfied: just...read full post »
Limit sodium. Ban trans fats. I know, I know. Keeping my heart in healthy form means paying attention to what I eat. And, let’s face it: I’m a nutrition editor, so I obviously like eating healthfully. But what’s with all of the negative talk? Can’t we just focus on what we can eat? What I should eat? Let’s hear something positive for a change. And that’s why I absolutely love the American Heart Association’s recommendation to eat fish, particularly fatty kinds like salmon, twice a week to get healthy amounts of omega-3s. (Get more with easy recipes for Blackened Salmon Sandwich and 25+ more meals.)
Eating fatty fish may reduce the risk of heart disease by 30 percent,...read full post »
My husband and I spent 10 days in Italy this past fall. And even though I felt like we were constantly eating and drinking, neither of us gained any weight and we both felt great. That’s because we were living the Mediterranean lifestyle to its fullest extent—we were doing plenty of walking, we were eating a variety of healthy, whole foods and delicious Mediterranean meals—in reasonable portions, of course—and we weren’t stressed out!
Since the Mediterranean diet is good for your heart, we decided to weave some of those principles into our everyday lives at...read full post »
I was so excited when I heard about First Lady Michelle Obama’s new campaign to fight childhood obesity, called Let’s Move. As a mom, it’s easy for me to get behind any effort to help our kids be healthier. I know how hard it can be for parents and kids to eat healthfully in a world filled with busy schedules, a proliferation of unhealthy convenient food choices and picky eaters.
So while this new initiative will bring help for kids and parents, there are some things we can start right now at home, tonight, to keep our families healthier.
One of my favorite things about Michelle Obama’s plan is that she’s emphasizing how small dietary changes can make a big health difference. It’s so true. No foods need to be...read full post »