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June 14, 2010 - 11:31am

When I was in high school and college, I got a summer job as a lifeguard. All those hours in the sun gave me what I thought then was a beautiful, bronzy tan.

Today I realize the sun exposure just accelerated my skin’s aging process. Truth be told, I did wear sunscreen, but not always as much as a dermatologist would recommend. (Find foods to keep your skin looking younger and lower your risk of skin cancer here.)

Turns out, the vast majority of UV light that I was soaking up was UVA. UVA is a major contributor to premature skin aging (think: fine lines and wrinkles) because it penetrates deeper than UVB light and damages skin cells before there’s any visible sunburn.

Even worse, collagen—the fibrous...

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June 14, 2010 - 10:34am

When I first saw Julie & Julia last year, the movie about how Julie Powell cooked and blogged her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I loved it. What I didn’t realize at the time was how many EatingWell “Julies” are out there, cooking their way through our magazine and books.

I came across Angela Buraglia of Cedar Park, Texas, on Twitter last spring when she was about to hit 50. Not age 50 (the makeup-artist-turned-software-developer is only 35), but about to make her 50th EatingWell recipe in 90 days, a challenge she set for herself and her fiancé. She started with the EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners cookbook. Each recipe got a Tweet and a...

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June 11, 2010 - 11:48am

As a new mom, it is a big accomplishment for me to fit back into my skinny jeans again. After I had my son I was ready to say bye-bye to maternity clothes and then after a few more months, happy to pack up my transition clothes and roll out my pre-baby wardrobe. Unpacking each item, I felt like I was reconnecting with an old friend again, a piece of myself that I hadn’t seen in over a year!

Now more than a year postpartum, I finally (mostly) have my old figure back (I’m still not quite ready for my bikini ☺). But it took more than nursing and exercising, which I’ve finally found time to fit in. I’m also paying attention to what I eat. (What does a 1,500-calorie day look like? Find out here and get...

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June 10, 2010 - 10:38am

I’m a sucker for a good deal. So whenever I see not-so-perfect organic tomatoes for $2 a pound or piles of corn at a rock-bottom price, I stock up. Find 20 quick summer dinners packed with fresh, in-season veggies here.

However, instead of subsisting on a diet of the-vegetable-deal-of-the-day until they’re all gone, I preserve them using a money-saving kitchen tool I already have. Since the last thing I want to do is stand over a hot stove processing canning jars for hours, I turn to the freezer. Full disclaimer: You will have to stand over the stove for a couple of minutes to blanch (quickly cooking in boiling water) vegetables before freezing. This step kills bacteria and stops the action of food-degrading enzymes, slows vitamin...

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June 9, 2010 - 11:03am

Summer is a great time of year to learn a few new tricks in the kitchen. It’s warm enough to grill, and there are so many fruits and vegetables—even fish—that are in season right now. Learn the 10 Secrets to Healthy Summer Cooking here.

As a food editor and recipe developer at EatingWell Magazine, I know that once you master a few tricks, cooking is even more fun and delectable. So why not resolve to expand your cooking repertoire and learn some new recipes this summer? I challenge you to cook these 5 recipes this summer.

Why these 5 recipes? They use techniques that you might think are fussy and difficult but really aren’t, or are recipes you should know...

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