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Why You Should Stop Trying to Lose Weight

Why You Should Stop Trying to Lose Weight

Photo: Natalie Grainger   As someone who has personally suffered from and eventually escaped the diet roller coaster, and who has professionally been on a mission to help others get off it too, it’s no surprise I follow many anti-diet voices on social media –many...
Ellie’s “Usually, Sometimes, Rarely” Food Lists

Ellie’s “Usually, Sometimes, Rarely” Food Lists

  No single food eaten occasionally will ruin an overall good diet, so instead of thinking of foods in absolute terms–good/bad, clean/sinful, healthy/unhealthy– try taking a wider-angle view of your eating pattern.  Since it is what you eat...
Five Mistakes That Can Ruin a Summer Cookout

Five Mistakes That Can Ruin a Summer Cookout

Photo: Vincent Keiman on Unsplash I have a confession to make: I sometimes find it hard to relax at a cookout or pool party. While other guests are chatting away and happily sipping on cold drinks as the meal is being prepared, my food-safety radar is usually going...
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Chicken Breast

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Chicken Breast

Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post After countless meals of dry, bland chicken breast, you might think that’s just the sacrifice you have to make when you are trying to eat healthy. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Avoid these common mistakes to...
Seven Surprising Ways to Use Pesto

Seven Surprising Ways to Use Pesto

A dollop of pesto is like flavor magic, instantly transforming everyday ingredients with its herbaceous savory essence. There are many variations of pesto, but the classic is made with basil, olive oil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese.  (See my recipe below.) I...