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Ice Cream Without The Guilt


Oh, the simple joys of summer. A day spent laying on the beach. A swim in the pool. A walk at dusk. An ice cream cone. Everything seems so much easier and so much more joyful in the summer …
But if you want your waistline to be joyful, then you’d better be mindful of what […]

Basil - A Guide to Growing, Harvesting, and Cooking


As part of our ongoing commitment to become better people, my fiancé and I have joined the Urban Gardening movement. In our relatively small D.C. apartment living room, we have tomatoes, jalapeños, habaneras, and a variety of herbs. One of our favorite herbs to grow is basil, because it comes in so many […]

Enjoying the Sun Safely


Growing up, the sun was never something to be feared. My family and I didn’t wear sunscreen and didn’t worry about the ill effects of our seemingly never-ending tans. But things change and today everyone knows that shielding your skin from the most damaging rays is essential (though you will never convince me to stay […]

Just a Bite? Not So Fast


Moderation. We beat it into our heads, tell our friends and coworkers and talk about it till we are blue in the face. But a recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research showed that when it comes to grabbing a few tasty bites of chocolate treats, you are bound to eat more, according to […]

15 Things to Do This Weekend


Welcome to the weekend. Ready to get moving? Here are fifteen things you can do at home and around your property to make your living space look great and lose some pounds while you are at it. Being active is a great way to burn more so that you lose more.

Make your bed (and change […]

Fill Up Without Overeating?


Is popcorn the new appetite suppressor?
The low-calorie snack was recently studied to see how it impacted eating habits when eaten 30 minutes before a meal. The study, conducted by Dr. James Rippe of the Rippe Lifestyle institute, indicated that people who ate up to six (seriously, who eats six cups in a sitting?) cups of […]

Spring Cleaning for Your Fridge


The official start of the new year may be January, but it’s only when all this new life buds into being in spring that it feels like a true beginning.
Something about the warm breezes, invigorating showers, and green shoots of spring makes me (and so many others) want to spruce up the house to match […]

Tip: Record What You Are Eating.


Keeping track of what you are eating is a good way to get control of your food intake. It’s easy to mindlessly shovel food into your mouth when you aren’t keeping track of everything. But a simple notebook can help you make smarter choices to eat well and not over eat. It doesn’t have to […]

Learn New Things Every Day


This weekend, my kids and I went with friends to a children’s museum here in Connecticut. There was an awesome display there of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods that had bar codes to scan. When you scanned them, you learned mini-facts about each. (Did you know that corn is high in fiber?) So much […]

Plan Ahead to Eat Smart


With a recession rearing its ugly head in our grocery carts, it’s time for meal planning to make the leap from the frugal and the hyper-organized to the general population. Menu planning can save you money on food while also providing the health-promoting benefits of a nutritious diet and reduced stress, all without killing your […]