Are you worried about BPA in your kid's cup?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 10:53

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.

Dinner secrets for diet success

Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/18/2010 - 10:08

I’m getting ready for Week 3 of my 500-calorie dinner challenge where I’m cooking 500-calorie dinners from new book, EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners, 5 nights a week for 5 weeks. The recipes I’ve been making for Week 2 have been going smoothly (and deliciously). I think my secret to success this week has again been planning ahead. (It’s one of the 6 secrets to weight loss too.)

Is high-fructose corn syrup really worse than sugar?

Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/15/2010 - 12:39

Is sugar just sugar, even if it's high-fructose corn syrup? I thought the answer was no, that high-fructose corn syrup is worse than regular sugar or honey or even plain corn syrup and I should avoid it. And let's not even get into sugar substitutes.

But last night I was watching TV and saw a commercial from the Corn Refiners Association saying that high-fructose corn syrup is no worse for me than regular sugar. (See the commercials for yourself at Could it be true?

Resolved to eat less meat? Delicious vegetarian meals to help you do it

Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/15/2010 - 10:29

As part of my pledge to eat healthier this year, I’ve decided to cut back a little on my meat consumption—a tall order for such a carnivore. I dug through my recipes and pulled out some vegetarian recipes that will help me make eating meatless delicious. Spinach-&-Cheese-Stuffed Portobellos is a favorite of mine because the oven-roasted mushroom caps come out juicy and tender, almost meaty, so I don’t feel like I’m missing anything.

The secret to weight loss: eat dessert. (It’s true!!)

Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 11:04

If you’re the kind of person who loves chocolate (or fill in the blank with your favorite treat), but bans it whenever you’re trying to lose weight, you might be making a big mistake. As a nutritionist who’s helped hundreds of people lose weight, I’ve noticed time and again that when people try to be “too good” they’re most likely to fall off the weight-loss wagon.

500-calorie dinner menus to make losing weight easier

Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 10:18

I was well into my first week of cooking and eating 500-calorie dinners five nights a week as part of our 500-Calorie Dinner Challenge when I realized: cooking meals to help you lose weight is all about making it work for you. My challenge? I’m just too busy. Last week I was in Philadelphia to go on QVC to sell our new EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners book, and the next morning I was back in the office in Vermont at 7 a.m.

100 calorie (or less!) chocolate treats that won’t bust your diet

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 09:46

So it’s been a few days, and so far, I’m sticking to my New Year’s resolution to eat better. It’s around this time when I usually sabotage my efforts by giving myself a “reward,” in the form of a tasty treat, for staying on track. That usually involves a decadent chocolate dessert that doesn’t exactly fit under the healthy-eating umbrella.