What if you could pull up a seat in front of some of the smartest, most plugged-in experts in their fields—doctors, nutritionists, cardiologists, prevention specialists—and ask them to recommend one thing you can do to better your health? Just one. This is, after all, Resolution Time, when we get all excited to make a fresh start and draft looong mental lists of the changes we want to make: get more sleep, stress less, drop 20 pounds, go vegan, take up power yoga, yada, yada, yada. All very noble. But baby steps are the name of the game when it comes to long-term success.
As a rule, I shy away from extreme diets or eating regimens. Atkins? Never heard of him. Whole 30? Wholly not going to bother with it. Paleo? Some things are better left in the history books.
However, the simplicity of the ketogenic (keto for short) diet appealed to me, and seeing as I had a wedding to attend—and a bridesmaid's dress to wear—I needed something effective to help me shed some weight, and fast.
Many people trying to lose weight have found themselves on the never-ending quest for protein-rich foods. We know protein can help with weight loss—it is more satisfying than carbs and fat, and will help keep you feeling full. Higher-protein diets are linked with lower BMIs and smaller waists and protein helps build muscle and boost metabolism.
Get out of your weeknight dinner rut with these essential meal-planning strategies from The Dinner Plan cookbook.
My family is busy. Really busy. And I bet you can relate. No two nights are the same: Ice hockey practice, choir rehearsals, board-of-ed meetings, a friend's birthday dinner, math tutor, guitar lessons, a dog that needs to go to the vet. It's a miracle that the kid doesn't end up getting checked for fleas while the dog strums "Blackbird." Add making dinner to the mix and you've got a recipe for extreme frustration.
In the last year, we've watched in astonishment as crazy-affordable wines—from the shelves of Target, Costco and Walmart—racked up international awards and accolades from vintners. But the bottle that really sent wine lovers into a frenzy was Aldi's acclaimed $8 rosé. That blush bottle beat out hundreds of others at the International Wine Challenge, where it took home the silver medal overall.
Living a healthy life also usually feels like living a pricy life. More often than not, opting for healthier food or lifestyle choices typically means sacrificing room in your wallet. No one wants to have to choose between balanced meals, exercising and enough moolah to pay the bills. Lucky for you, we have plenty of tips and tricks sure to help you save some coin, all while you're living your best life. Talk about balling on a budget, right?
We're all for making healthy homemade soup (and stocking up our freezer), but sometimes you need soup in a pinch. Enter canned (and boxed) soup from the store. Research shows that soup can help you improve your diet, cut calories without knowing it and lose weight. And bean soup has the added benefit of being full of protein and fiber. See our favorite healthy canned soups and the tough nutrition and tasting criteria to choose