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Science Can Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, January 7, 2015

You start each year full of fresh hope, earnestly convinced that, no matter what happened last year, this year you’ll surely stick to your list of resolutions. This is the year you’ll really adhere to your goals of exercising regularly, eating more healthfully, losing those spare pounds, cutting back on those bad habits, getting your life on track, making an impact. This year, unlike last year and the year before, you won’t begin to feel your commitment to those goals slowly, incrementally, erode until — wait, um … what were those goals again?

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Fire Up Your Fitness Plan for 2015

by in Diets & Weight Loss, January 1, 2015

Fitness Goals
If you’ve vowed to start exercising this year, good for you. But you may have made that promise for the past few years (it’s okay, we’ve all done it!) and not exactly honored and obeyed that vow. Here are a few tips to help you stay committed to your resolution. Read more

Countdown to New Year’s: No-Resolutions Resolution Week 4

by in Healthy Tips, December 8, 2014

For the fourth week of our No-Resolutions Resolution game plan, let’s get serious about snacking, a habit that often gets a bad rap. But it’s actually not so bad; you just have to know the best way to manage the munchies. The key is to chow down on the right stuff.

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Countdown to New Year’s: No-Resolutions Resolution Week 3

by in Healthy Tips, December 1, 2014

It’s the third installment of our No-Resolutions Resolution plan, and this week we’re turning our attention toward the relationship between calories consumed and calories burned. How can you keep the calorie count down so you have a zero-sum game? Start with manageable modifications. A little adjustment here and a little tweak there can really amount to a lot by week’s end. Here are six tips to get you started:

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Countdown to New Year’s: No-Resolutions Resolution Week 2

by in Healthy Tips, November 24, 2014

If you’re just joining us, it’s not too late to get on board with our No-Resolutions Resolution plan for 2015. We’re grabbing hold of the reins now so that come January 1st, we haven’t totally fallen off the (wholesome-eating) wagon.

This week (and for the next five weeks) it’s time to take the Vegetarian Vow. We’re taking Meatless Mondays one step further by suggesting what cookbook author Mark Bittman refers to as “VB6.” No, it’s not a fancy vitamin. The VB6 concept is to eat a plant-based diet for breakfast and lunch, thus becoming Vegan Before 6 p.m.

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Countdown to New Year’s: No-Resolutions Resolution Week 1

by in Healthy Tips, November 17, 2014

No Resolutions
Halloween has come and gone, which means the holidays are about to descend upon us. In a blink of an eye, the turkey will have been carved, the presents will have been opened and the champagne uncorked. We can already feel that 2015 will be different. Why? Because this new year we are not going to write down our typical weight-loss resolutions on Jan. 1. Nope. Instead we’re going to avoid packing on the extra pounds by following our six-week No-Resolutions Resolution plan — beginning right now.

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One Small Change: The Three Week Challenge

by in Healthy Tips, January 13, 2013

apples with peanut butter
If your New Year’s resolutions have you making more than one major change to your physical activity or eating habits, I recommend you stop most of them right now. Sounds preposterous for me to ask you to stop making healthy changes, right? Well, what if I asked you how many of those healthy changes do you expect to be doing one month from now? Three months? Six months?

Research shows that it takes, on average, about three weeks to form a new habit . . . and that may be if you’re not trying to break old ones. Many of our habits are the result of “the path of least resistance.” We choose to do what we do, and eat what we eat, based on what’s easiest for us considering our current schedule, priorities, skills and preferences. In other words, you may be really good at whipping up dinner when you get home from work, but during the workday, the vending machine is the closest thing you have to a lunch break. And cooking from scratch every night means you may not be able to make it to the gym or go for a run as often as you like. All actions have consequences, so it’s important to consider whether the new actions you’re taking are leading to the results you want. If you’re making ten changes at once, it’s hard to know which one(s) are sustainable, if any.

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Healthy Every Week Challenge: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Week Round-Up

by in Uncategorized, January 31, 2012
vegetable pie
The Undercover Cook's Piled High Roasted Vegetable Pizza Pie

We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers and healthy eating advocates to host a Healthy Every Week Challenge, a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #gethealthy.

Well, our January Healthy Challenge is nearly over, but hopefully the habits formed during the past few weeks will stick around. The goals for each week of January were:

Week 1: Eat Breakfast
Week 2: Eat More Whole Grains
Week 3: Cook at Home
Week 4: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Week 5: Stay On Track

But the goal for lifetime healthy eating is to eat breakfast, choose whole grains, cook more at home and eat more fruits and vegetables every day of every week. Did the simple weekly breakdown help you create new healthy habits? We hope so. And from the feedback we’ve received from our participants, it seems that many have seen great success and will continue to think carefully about what they eat, and make the healthful choice most of the time.

Last week’s goal, Eat More Fruits and Vegetables, was challenging for some; as we discovered when we asked fans on Facebook and Twitter that there are quite a few hated vegetables. But before you swear off broccoli, Brussels sprouts and eggplant, try cooking them in a new way. You might be surprised how much better they taste when prepared right. To help you with the last goal of the month (but a big goal for the rest of the year), check out the fruit and vegetable recipes our participants shared, after the jump. And for the Roasted Vegetable Pie recipe pictured at the top, visit The Undercover Cook’s blog for the recipe.

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Ask the Dietitian: Should You Keep Your Weight Loss Plans a Secret?

by in Ask the Experts, Diets & Weight Loss, January 10, 2012
diet secret
Should you announce your diet plans, or keep them a secret?

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. But once you begin your diet plan, should you announce it to everyone or keep your lips sealed?

Q: What’s the best way to ensure weight loss success, tell your friends and loved ones or keep it secret?

A: There’s no right or wrong way to do it. At the end of the day, to get rid of that gut, you’ve got to go with your gut!

Research supports that a lack of motivation and accountability are common barriers to dropping those pounds. That’s why weight loss programs like Weight Watchers consider meetings and weigh-ins keys to success. On the other hand, some experts argue that you’re better off keeping things quiet.

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One Small Change: Make a S.M.A.R.T Resolution

by in Healthy Tips, December 28, 2011

Let’s start off this month’s post with a quick word association. When you hear the phrase, “New Years’ resolution”, what is the first thought that pops into your mind? Hope? Ridiculousness? Restriction? Success?

Some have a positive feeling associated with New Year’s resolutions, for many others, it probably evokes a slightly uneasy, or even negative feeling as you think of unsuccessful resolution attempts from New Years’ past. Unfortunately, this sentiment can make future resolutions less effective, or in many cases, non-existent.

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