9 Tailgate Foods That Won’t Blow Your Diet

Whether you’re going to a tailgate or watching a football game at home, many game-day foods are high in fat and loaded with calories.  However, there are several traditional tailgate foods that can keep you on track with your healthy eating plan.  Recently a writer at Fitbe.com, Mary Squillace, asked me for some of these healthier tailgate ideas, and you can see the article here: 9 Tailgate Fo...
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Anti-inflammatory Diet: A Natural Way to Improve Health and Reduce Joint Pain & Stiffness

Inflammation is part of our body’s natural healing process and is necessary to help us recover from an injury or an illness.  Normally our body turns off the inflammatory response when our wound is healed or we recover from an infection.  However, when our inflammatory response does not get turned off properly, it can lead to a state of chronic inflammation which can be very destructive.  In ...
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Can All Foods Really Fit Into a Healthy Diet?

I read an interesting article in a recent issue of a Weight Management Newsletter entitled “The myth of moderation: Do all foods really fit?” by Jeff Novick, a registered dietitian.  In this article, Jeff points out that the American Dietetic Association states that “all foods can fit (in a healthy eating style) if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with regul...
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50 Ways to Make Chicken More Exciting

Chicken is a very lean and healthy protein option, but who wants to eat plain chicken breasts week after week?  Definitely not me!  I’m always looking for creative ways to make something simple, like chicken, more exciting.  For example, I’ll often use chicken in dishes that have a lot of flavor like stir fry’s, chicken fajitas, Thai chicken lettuce wraps, etc. However, I know it can b...
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500 Calorie Meal Ideas

Planning healthy dinners can be very challenging.  Many people tell me that they struggle with putting an entire balanced meal together.  Many of us also get stuck in a rut making the same dishes over and over again which leads to boredom.  Trying new meals can keep things exciting and interesting and can help to stick with a healthy eating plan. Eatingwell.com is a website I go to frequentl...
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Easter Candy Ideas That Won’t Leave You Scared to “Hop” on the Scale

When you’re trying to eat healthy, all of the Easter candy at this time of year can present a real challenge.   Moderation is the key when trying to fit a sweet treat into a healthy diet.  Check out “10 Easter Treats You Can Eat for 100 Calories” from SparkPeople.com.  This shows you how much you can eat of some popular types of Easter candy while keeping calories in check.  Remember, o...
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Kitchen Tool Helps Cut the Added Fat and Calories

Portion control with fat can be an important part of weight management since fat is very high in calories.  For example, a teaspoon of oil or a teaspoon of butter is approximately 50 calories.  While olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil are much better for heart health then butter is, they are just as high in calories. One cooking tool that I find to be very helpful with portion control is th...
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Desserts that Will Warm Your Heart: All for Under 200 Calories

During the hot days of summer, a bowl of fresh berries with whipped topping can make a great dessert, but during these winter months, just the thought of a cold dessert can be enough to make you shiver.  Warm up your dessert without packing on the winter weight by trying the following recipes which are all less than 200 calories: Don’t skip the fruit just because it’s winter.  Instead, he...
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Self Monitoring Proven to Help Once Again

This month in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, an article was written about the importance of self-monitoring in weight loss.  Researchers reviewed the findings from 22 studies that looked at how self-monitoring effected weight loss outcomes.  They found that there was a “consistent and significant positive relationship between self-monitoring diet, physical activity or weight...
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A New Year; A New and Improved You!

Over the past few weeks, chances are that there were a few extra calories that crept into the diet with all of the holiday parties and meals.  However, now that the holidays are over and schedules are getting back to normal, it is a great time to start to refocus on your health.  The following are a few tips to get 2011 off to a healthy start: Step #1.) Get all of the “junk food” out of ...
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