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Michael Pollan’s Food Rules

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I’ve written about Michael Pollan before. Journalist, professor and activist, Pollan is a key thought leader in the nutrition world and my hero. His seven word mantra, “Eat food, mostly plants, not too much” has helped me and countless others navigate our complicated food scene in a seemingly simpler way. In addition to Pollan, many cultures have passed down all kinds of wisdom about food and how to eat properly. Your grandmother may have told you the importance of not eating too much, or to savor meal time spent in the company of family and friends. For example, in Japan, there is a […]

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My Hero: Michael Pollan

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I’d like to introduce you to my hero of the nutrition world. For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: Cooked (2013); Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001). ( I have read them all…I love this guy and the way he thinks.) One of my favorite […]

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5 Sure-fire Ways to STOPP Overeating and Improve Impulse Control

Stop Cravings and Control Impulses

Faced with something on your fork that shouldn’t be going into your mouth? We’ve all been there. Healthy intentions go right out the window when temptation is in the room. No need to panic. From now on, use the acronym STOPP to save you from the next compulsive bite and free you from any pending guilt. I am so proud when my coaching clients declare, “Oh, I STOPPed that craving right in its tracks.” Let’s go! S stands for Seek out Social Support… There is something magical about reaching out to a friend. Research shows social support to be one […]

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Embrace these 5 Habits for No-Brainer Weight Loss

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Habits work. Diets don’t. Be a better changer, not a better dieter by incorporating these 5 stress-free habits into your daily routine. Beyond carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, your weight loss success is about making consistent and persistent changes in your eating patterns. Turn those changes into habits and you won’t have to think about being healthy; you’ll do it automatically. Here’s the top five habits: 1. Don’t eat when you aren’t hungry. (I heard that heavy *sigh*) I know we are biologically driven to eat, and love doing it. Controlling the eating impulse can be hard when food is everywhere. But in today’s […]

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The 2014 Dirty Dozen- How to Prioritize Buying Organic

When to Buy Organic

According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of organic products in the United States increased 12% last year.  This is great news as we vote with our food dollars. For example, a purchase of organic produce could be considered a vote in favor of organic farming (or a vote against chemical farming). Many of us wish we could buy 100% organic produce 100% of the time; unfortunately, our food budgets may have limitations. If this is the case, prioritize your purchases and buy the fruits and vegetables listed on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen. These are the 12 most highly pesticized […]

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