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Late-Night Snacking

Late-night snacking is one of my biggest diet devils. For some reason, about an hour after dinner, I get a little thought in my head: Hmm, something sweet would be good right now. Sometimes, I stave it off by eating a little of this, a little of that… Other times, I go for the sweets full force and end up […]

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Staying on Track Over the Weekend

Has this ever happened to you? You’re on track and eating healthy all week, sticking to the plan you made for yourself, and when the weekend comes, you go totally crazy and eat whatever your heart desires (which is usually not on your plan). I know, did I even have to ask? This happens to me often, in great part because while […]

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Do You Occasionally Eat Frozen Dinners?

Even though I’m sure my colleagues in the Real Simple food department would cringe, I stocked up on frozen meals at the grocery store yesterday. As Heather writes in Bread is the Devil, frozen meals can be a smart fallback, especially when you’re trying to lose weight. Certainly they can’t compare to an amazing, home-cooked meal, but in a pinch, […]

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How to Eat Healthy When Dining Out

My husband and I went out to eat last night. Typically when we go out, it’s a wine-and-greasy-food fest finished off with dessert—the dine-out devil rearing its ugly head. Last night, however, I decided to be more strategic. I was in the mood for a turkey burger from our favorite corner pub. I also knew that I wanted a few […]

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How Hard Do You Work at Meal Planning?

At my last follow-up with Heather, we had an eye-opening chat about wrapping your brain around changing your eating habits—eye-opening in a tough love sort of way. Heather flat-out told me that almost unequivocally, every woman over the age of 25 has to watch what she eats in order to maintain a healthy weight (men have an advantage and don’t […]

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What to do When You Slip Back into Unhealthy Habits

So it happened: The dreaded pizza night. It was Friday, and it wasn’t pretty. Over the past year, my husband and I have gone from ordering pizza maybe once a month to at least once a week, sometimes twice. Oh, it’s delicious, of course, but frankly speaking, pizza is full of everything you don’t really want to load up on […]

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Ways to Drink More Water

Believe it or not, I actually like water. I didn’t grow up drinking soda (or even juice), so water is always my go-to beverage. Yet even though I like it, I never seem to drink enough. According to virtually every diet and fitness expert out there, drinking water is essential for good health, of course, but also for weight loss. […]

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Phase Eating: What it is and How to do it

Now that I’m actively planning what I’m going to eat, I’m seeing that coming up with an exciting, varied menu for every meal of every day of the week is…a little overwhelming. I’m a decent cook and I actually like being in the kitchen, but to be honest, I don’t see myself whipping up gourmet breakfast, lunches, and dinners for […]

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Planning Your Snacks

I’m learning that one of the biggest hurdles to healthy-ing up your diet, whether or not you’re looking to lose weight, is going about it without a plan. Heather calls this the Freestyle Devil. Making proclamations like, “I’m going to eat better” or “I’m going to just cut down a little” aren’t quite specific enough to result in success (how […]

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Would You Keep a Food Journal?

Let me put on my whiny 4-year-old hat for a minute: I haaaaaaate keeping a food log. And I’m an admitted food-log liar—if I eat something “bad,” something off plan, I just don’t write it down. (Hmm, clue to why I have had trouble losing weight in the past?) That said, science—and my diet guru—says it’s essential, so I guess there’s no […]

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