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EatingWell Blogs (Page 247)

February 17, 2010 - 11:50am

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...

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February 16, 2010 - 12:33pm

I love watching the winter Olympics. It’s so exciting to watch the world’s top athletes defy gravity, speed and the normal boundaries of human strength. As I watch the games and munch on my popcorn, I often wonder what Olympic athletes eat before and after their workouts. Power bars, peanut butter and jelly, eggs and toast? What do they put in their bodies to fuel their wins? (And although I’m already incorporating some proven natural fuel foods into my workouts, I think maybe I could get more healthy ideas on pre- and post-workout foods from these pros.)

I recently had the opportunity...

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February 16, 2010 - 11:16am

My husband and I are members of a year-round CSA (community-supported agriculture, with shares for members). In Vermont. That might leave you scratching your head, wondering what the heck we’re getting from a farm in Vermont in the middle of winter, but it’s a pretty sweet deal. The farmers store a lot of root vegetables and winter squash, plus they put up lots of goodies in the summer for the winter share. Just last week we got homemade pesto and frozen tomatoes—a little taste of summer on a cold winter day!

Even though we do our best to eat locally, we do supplement what we eat—...

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February 12, 2010 - 12:06pm

When I read this week that former President Bill Clinton had two stents inserted into a clogged coronary artery, I thought of my own family. I’ve been focused on eating a heart-healthy diet for more than 20 years and I’m only 34. Why? When I was in junior high my dad was diagnosed with high cholesterol and Mom announced we were going to start eating more heart-healthy meals. My mom, who’d lost her dad—my Grandpa Bill—to a massive stroke at 62 (after he’d suffered several heart attacks, strokes and open-heart surgeries) was serious about helping our family make important lifestyle changes that beget healthier hearts...

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February 11, 2010 - 11:50am

We’re finally getting a little snow here in Vermont, but it’s nothing like the dumping the mid-Atlantic states have been getting (and will continue to see, according to the latest news reports). I have family in Virginia, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania and while the snow is hitting them hard and keeping them home from work, they’re hitting the kitchen to cook some warming winter meals during their extra time stuck in the house.

Like so many people who are snowbound and in the kitchen, members of my family have been making comfort foods like spaghetti with homemade pasta sauce and cookies. (And calling me for recipe tips for EatingWell’s...

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