healthy eating

Eating Advice: When Does Healthy Become Unhealthy?

It’s common to make healthy tweaks to your eating habits this time of year. Maybe you’ve set an intention to drop a few pounds, so you’re cutting out soda and sugary snacks. Or maybe you’d like to gain muscle mass, so you’re upping your calorie intake and doing more weight training. Small, reasonable changes like these can have a...

Here’s What 6 Teaspoons of Sugar Look Like

Move over full-fat, low-fat, and non-fat anything. Sugar is the new food villain, and with good reason. There’s strong scientific evidence pointing towards its negative impact on health, which has led the World Health Organization to reduce its recommendation for sugar intake to no more than 6 teaspoons (or 25 grams) of sugar per day.   Too...

What Will Your Thanksgiving Plate Look Like?

Thanksgiving is around the corner and with it marks the official onset of the party season, filled with celebrating, socializing, and good cheer. Unfortunately, excessive eating, drinking, and less time to exercise often comes along with all that merriment. But you don’t have to completely ignore your healthy eating goals during all the...

8 Ways to Avoid Weight Gain this Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to fall off the weight-loss wagon. With treats abounding and cold weather rolling in, it’s prime time for overindulging and skipping workouts—which can ruin that healthy momentum you’ve been building all year long. In order to keep your health goals intact and still enjoy yourself during the holidays, you need to think...

“I’m No Longer On the Sidelines of Life!” says Casey S.

Casey S., 35, a payer operations and analytics manager at a large health system in Newport News, VA, has always been a mindless eater. “If I was watching TV, I was popping chips into my mouth and not even thinking about it,” he says. And his poor food choices didn’t stop there. “I didn’t really cook, so I’d eat pizza all the time for...

Watching Your Sugar Intake? Avoid These 5 Foods!

Harley Pasternak's 5 Foods High in Sugar

Not every “healthy” food deserves a halo. As it turns out, there are a number of seemingly “good for you” choices that just plain aren’t. Here are five foods I’ve found that are surprisingly high in sugar. 1. Oatmeal Traditional oatmeal is a healthier alternative to sugary cereals, but be careful when...

10 Ways to Tell Your Snacks Who’s Boss

10 tips on healthy snacking

When it comes to snacking, I can’t tell you how often I have heard from clients, “Everything is fine until late afternoon,” or “I’m a different person after dinner.” At these times of day nutrition knowledge is irrelevant. Willpower is not enough; you need to have a plan in place, because planning supersedes...

Dean Karnazes’ Monkey Flip Smoothie Recipe

Trying to “eat clean” by cutting out processed and refined foods? Have I got a treat for you! Perfect for pre-workout energy or post-workout recovery, my Monkey Flip Smoothie is easy to digest, cool, and creamy. And you won’t find any excess sugar or unnecessary additives. Ingredients: 1 medium Ripe Banana 1 tbsp. Cocoa Powder 2 cups...

6 Healthy, Guilt-Free Pizza Options (Yes, Pizza!)

Healthy Pizza

Last night, I had a meeting with a fairly new nutrition client. I provided him with ways to make a healthier version of his beloved egg sandwich (omega-3-rich eggs, sprouted English muffin, avocado) and other sensible swaps. “This plan is so livable,” he remarked. Which is exactly the point—any eating plan you follow must be livable, even...