EatingWell Blogs (Page 266)

January 28, 2010 - 10:53am

My husband, Jon, can be awake for hours before he wants to eat breakfast. (Coffee—now that’s another story.) I, on the other hand, want food first thing in the morning—and so does our 1 1/2-year-old son, Julian, who literally wakes up saying, “Juice! ’Nana! [banana].” We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (click here for healthy breakfast ideas) and, as a nutritionist, I believe that’s true. You’ve heard about the studies that show that kids who eat breakfast are able to focus better in school, right? Well, here’s another exciting boon of breakfast: research that shows people who are most successful at losing weight—and keeping it off—tend to eat...

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January 27, 2010 - 10:54am

If you read my blogs regularly, you may remember that my husband has high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. (He was diagnosed when he was in his early twenties.)

But there are things we can—and should—do, even at a young age, to prevent heart disease later in life. For Dan and me it means doing our best to control his high blood pressure now, through what we eat, among other things, so it won’t lead to more serious heart problems down the road. (For more information on keeping your heart as healthy as it can be, including...

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January 26, 2010 - 11:24am

For the past few weeks I’ve been challenging myself to eat 500-calorie dinners 5 nights a week from our new book EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners. I have a small confession to make: I haven’t been sticking to the menus...exactly. I have been keeping my dinners to 500 calories, but I’ve also been making a few substitutions here and there. Check out my menu for this week here.

I keep swapping in one thing over and over. No, it’s not wine. And it’s not ice cream. It’s one of my secret weapons for making this diet work for me. It’s ...

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January 25, 2010 - 1:19pm

I wasn’t a big fish eater until my mid-20s. My mom always cooked dinner but hated fish, so it was never on our menu when I was a kid. As I got older, I started to sample friends’ fish dishes when we were out to eat and occasionally bought a piece of fish to cook at home. I quickly became a fan.

While I’ve fallen in love with all sorts of fish over the years, one thing my pantry is never without is canned salmon. Why? Well it’s a super-convenient source of protein, and has four times the amount of heart-healthy omega-3s as a serving of canned tuna. Those omega-3s may help save your...

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January 21, 2010 - 11:51am

When it comes to my health, and the health of my family, I like to play it safe. Recent news confirms that I’ve been doing the right thing by limiting my family’s exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA), an estrogen-like chemical used in polycarbonate plastics. BPA is used to make some reusable water bottles, clear plastic food-storage containers and some baby bottles; it’s also in the linings of some food and drink cans, and other things, such as dental sealants. Studies have linked BPA to the development of precancerous lesions and abnormal development of reproductive systems in animals.(Concerned about pesticides too? Find a list of 12 fruits and vegetables you should consider buying organic.)...

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