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The Dirty and Not-So-Dirty Dozen

Fruit and veggies are the friends of SocialDieters and healthy eaters. Unfortunately there’s something other than nutrient value and delicious taste to bear in mind: pesticide contamination. Sometimes known as the dirty dozen, the following lists of fruit and vegetables show the 12 most and least contaminated by pesticides (rankings compiled by the not-for-profit Environmental […]

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Calorie Counts: Can You Trust Them?

Ever wonder if you can really trust all of the numbers written on the label of your frozen chicken with vegetables and rice or next to the burger description in your local fast food emporium? Well, it turns out that you’re right to wonder.  The New York Times (  reported on a Tufts study ( […]

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Brunch Buffet

Face the brunch buffet and keep the calories under control! Okay.  So it’s a brunch buffet the day after your friend’s wedding.  Do you really want to go?  Maybe yes, maybe no.  But you have to, she’s a really good friend. Or, maybe you’re on vacation and staring down the sumptuous brunch buffet in the […]

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Theater Popcorn

Is moving your hand from bucket to mouth, fingers clenched around salty, buttery popped kernels, scrounging for the napkins you forgot to grab at the concession stand, your movie theater habit? If it is, just know what you’re chowing down on. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a public advocacy group, bought multiple […]

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Control Calories

Americans eat out, on average, six times a week. I’ve read that statistic in many places and can’t argue with it. I often eat out a lot (more than six times a week if the truth be told) — for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and in all kinds of restaurants – diners, cafeterias, and places with tablecloths on the tables.

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New Year Resolution Status

Resolutions lead to frustration when you set too many or they’re unrealistic.  Sure everyone would like to lose 20 pounds in one week (ever wonder how they do it on the Biggest Loser?) or go from sedentary to marathon runner in a month. It just doesn’t happen – or if, by some miracle it happens […]

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Why Do You Eat Out?

Americans eat out nearly one of every four meals and snacks.  We also spend almost half of our food budgets on dining out. Eating out takes many forms –the fancy white tablecloth restaurant, the fish shack with brown paper on the tables, the local greasy spoon, the sandwich from the deli eaten on the […]

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Diet Diary

I will lose 20 pounds.  If only saying it could make it happen. Recent research shows that keeping a food diary can help. According to a study, people who write down everything they eat each day lose twice as much as those who don’t. Nearly 1,700 people participated in a study published in the American […]

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New Year’s Eve

It’s New Year’s Eve.  If you have big plans, enjoy yourself.  If you’re watching your weight, have a plan – you can still enjoy yourself and not feel deprived. Devise an eating strategy before you go out and commit to carrying it out.  Then you’ll have a much better chance at succeeding – and not […]

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